The 2021 Statistical Yearbook, published by the institution since 1990, states that the region increased its exports of renewable and non-renewable natural resources (NRNR) by 168 percent.
Although the share of primary exports (minerals, timber and others) in total sales decreased by 31 percent, the upward trend persists, which represents more pressure on natural resources and an unfavorable impact on the environment, the report added.
The text pointed out that gas emissions into the atmosphere also rose during the said period, with the exception of those generated due to land use change and forestry.
The energy sector leads the way in the generation of negative emissions.
The 2021 Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean compiles figures that provide an account of the socio-demographic, economic and environmental development of the countries of the region.
This annual publication is one of the most important by the United Nations and is a reference for any analysis of the region’s outlook.