Sustainability Report 2015


Case studies

Creating indicators for the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative

Bolivia, Haiti and Nicaragua

Building on our experience in developing indicators for the Global City Indicators Facility, ERM was retained by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) for its Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative. This technical assistance program helps intermediate-sized cities in Latin America and the Caribbean to identify, prioritize and structure projects that will improve their environmental, urban and fiscal sustainability.

As part of the initiative, cities receive technical assistance to address climate change-related challenges. According to the IADB, nearly three-quarters of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean live in low-elevation coastal areas, making these populations particularly vulnerable to the expected negative impacts of climate change, such as sea level rise.

By working collaboratively with the bank and other stakeholders, ERM helped develop a methodology for evaluating city Sustainability Action Plans. ERM piloted the approach in three metropolitan areas: Cochabamba in Bolivia, Managua in Nicaragua and the Northern Development Corridor in Haiti. The approach was used subsequently for all 26 participating cities to develop a sustainable action plan that can inform and enhance local development decisions.