What Works to Improve Lives?: What Works to Promote Forest Conservation, Environmental Sustainability, and Climate Resilience

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Dec 2023
This publication is one of a five-monograph series produced by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to take stock of the lessons learned from impact evaluations of investments supported by the IDB Group for over a decade across a wide range of economic and social development sectors. As regional interest in mitigating and adapting to climate change continues to increase, there is an ever-growing demand to identify effective policies to (1) stem deforestation, (2) promote growth with sustainability, and (3) enhance the climate resilience of affected populations. This monograph summarizes the evidence from impact evaluations carried out by the IDB over the last decade on each of these three themes to identify policies and programs that work, enhance the use of rigorous evidence for decision-making, and ultimately improve the lives of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean.