Institute of the Americas, Enlace Newsletter, Q1-2022

Date: Apr 2022

2022 Energy Landscape & Outlook

A summary and highlights of the recently-concluded COP26 meeting in Glasgow, Scotland. In addition, we include reflections from our fellows and team, who through their diverse perspectives considered how the results are likely to impact our hemisphere and the world. 

Vivir Sin Energía Eléctrica en Baja California, Baja California Energy Access Report


Our study analyzed the causes and effects of the lack of access to electricity in Baja California. But beyond just an assessment and academic exercise, we sought to give voice to those who continue to live without such a basic service in one of Mexico’s most prosperous states. 


The EC2 program at the IOA has been busy with working to protect coastal mangrove forests and other blue carbon habitats along the Baja California Peninsula; trying to advance climate action bilateral efforts between Mexico and the U.S., and digging deep into air and marine pollution from cruise ships and its relationship to a regulation by the International Maritime Organization. Read more »

Las Californias Blue Carbon Report

Examining cross-border, nature-based market solutions to protect blue carbon coastal ecosystems in the Baja California peninsula.

There is a growing need to examine innovative cross-border solutions that extend beyond jurisdictional boundaries. This is especially true in bioregions with shared watersheds and migratory species such as the tri-state binational region of the Californias—California (US), Baja California and Baja California Sur (Mexico). 

Latin America in Cyrpto, DeFi/CBDC/BlockChain Transition

By Ernie Grijalva, IOA Practioner in Residence

Regardless of the outcome of El Salvador’s cryptocurrency venture, mobile phones, financial technology (“fintech”), decentralized finance (“DeFi”), blockchain technology, and cryptocurrency (“Crypto”), are poised to dramatically alter banking and commerce, and potentially economic stability, throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Read more »

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