SUSTAINABLE FUTURES FOR LATIN AMERICA
Region360 is a multi-disciplinary, international initiative spearheaded by the Environic Foundation International that promotes sustainability and climate change education in Latin America by applying rigorous, data-driven analytical methods and promoting educational and policy initiatives to achieve resilient, healthy, and sustainable societies.
We have a multidisciplinary, international team with presence in Washington, DC, San Salvador, Guatemala, and Brazil.
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Research and data are at the core of our program. We have developed a sophisticated, and comprehensive approach that will generate analysis, and interpret data, along three axis that include water and climate, industry and society, and policy and education.
In our technical, quantitative axis, our hydrology and climatology unit will develop analysis of water systems and deploy state-of-the art climate modeling data to yield actionable water and climate models that will serve as inputs to stakeholders. Our Green Economy develops rigorous technical reviews of industrial, business, and small-scale enterprise processes based on Life Cycle Assessment methodologies, which will yield actionable data that to allow its stakeholders to understand their environmental impact and develop cleaner processes.
In the qualitative axis, our policy program synthesizes all the data produced in the technical units and analyzes it and will develop conceptual materials that include policy and position papers and research products that will seek to inform and influence policy actions in the region. All along, we will seek to develop and distribute accessible, interactive, and locally- adapted educational materials for non-technical sectors, including social movements, secondary and college-level educational sectors, and small-scale agricultural sectors and communities.
We believe Latin American societies have the human and technical capacity to re-envision current development paradigms towards more sustainable models that take into account the immediate and long-term threats posed by climate change and unsustainable elements of current economic development models. We believe Latin American communities, social groups, and entrepreneurial innovators hold the keys to transformation in the region. At the social level, we value diversity in world-views, identities, and social visions; at the level of practice, we favor transformative work anchored in collaboration, integrity, and a pursuit of technical excellence.
A Long-Term Vision
Our vision is to inspire, promote, and generate sustainable development approaches in Latin America by working along three axes of action, from scientific intervention to educational and policy analysis and consulting.
We are a leading initiative in the promotion and development of technical capacity, educational programs, and policy changes in environmental and sustainability practices in Latin America.
Spearheaded by the Environic Foundation in Washington, DC. Our program also has presence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Brazil.
We are developing a knowledge transfer practice in Central America. Knowledge transfer includes the development of conceptual tools and techniques such as Life Cycle Analysis, Industrial Ecology techniques, water cycle analysis, and climate modeling techniques. This is developed through pilot programs with small enterprises and organizations willing to engage in pilot projects.
We are developing a strong collaborative link or platform between North American and Central American academics, policy experts, students and concerned citizens interested in approaches for sustainable development.
We are establishing a research practice in sustainability policy approaches in Latin America through the development of policy research, social analysis, and public education.
We are working to convene a platform that promotes and supports the development of a National Inventory Database in El Salvador as an initial pilot project, with subsequent expansion into the rest of Central America.
Green Economy and LCT Unit
Our Life Cycle Thinking program aims to promote knowledge and use of Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) methodologies in Latin America. Our program is guided by the most innovative approaches currently used in the field of LCT, a methodology developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), to develop rigorous and evidence-based assesments and solutions to environmental challenges in sourcing, production, distribution, and consumption processes, particularly for micro and small enterprises in the social and private sectors. This program promotes awareness of circular economy and clean production practices as well as environmental footprint impacts. We use the information generated through our assessments to inform our policy and education programs and our Water & Climate Program. In addition, we are spearheading the establishment of a Life Cycle Thinking platform that convenes social, academic, and government sectors to establish the mechanisms, resources, and guidelines to promote LCT methodologies in El Salvador.
Environment\Sustainability & Policy
Research is at the core of our programs. Our ES&P Program develops research projects to analyze the conditions of environmental and sustainability policy in the region. Based on this landscape research and the data produced by our technical programs we develop and disseminate new knowledge to promote sustainable practices in the social, enterprise, and public sectors. Our ES&P Program in turn generates important qualitative inputs to our technical programs to inform the development of quantitative analysis informed by local realities. We combine research, data development, and policy analysis to educate and inform societies to promote sustainable solutions to climate change challenges.
Water & Climate Program
Our program surveys regional water basins to determine anthropogenic pressures on surface water systems and the feedbacks between these natural and human-made systems. With this program we aim to promote awareness of integrated water resources management in the highly vulnerable Central America region. In addition, through the deployment of complex datasets of high-spatial resolution we are establishing a pilot program surveying and modeling water and climate change processes in Central America. Our modeling and water programs will provide important knowledge for ecological, agricultural, and hydrological projections for the Central America region to guide our LCT and policy programs. With this program, we seek to bridge the gap between highly technical climate data and public awareness of this information by generating accessible, interactive tools to support policy and education sectors as well as social and citizen groups in the region.
TOOLS & SERVICES
AXIS ONE | TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Life Cycle Assesment (LCA)
Carbon, Water, Energy Footprint Assesments
Cleaner Production Assesments (CPA)
Water Networks and Balances Analysis
AXIS TWO | POLICY & EDUCATION
Education & Awareness
Social Life Cycle Assessment S-LCA
SECTORS & STAKEHOLDERS
Policy & Research
Small Business Sector
WHITE PAPERS | CONFERENCES
Life Cycle Thinking Mapping
We are currently mapping the history of implementations, approaches, and projects utilizing Life Cycle Thinking in Latin America to better understand challenges and opportunities.
Survey of Sustainability Policy
A regional survey of national sustainability and environmental policy implementations and projections.
Central American Water Basins
A survey of regional water basins and anthropogenic pressures on surface and groundwater systems and the feedbacks between the natural and human-made systems to promote awareness of integrated water resources management.
Region360 is a project of the Environic Foundation International (EFI) in Washington, DC. EFI enjoys special consultative status with UN’s ECOSOC and is a member of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).
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