Key institutions

Organization of American States. Department of Sustainable Development (OAS)

Organization of American States. Department of Sustainable Development (OAS)

Type of Institution:

International organization

Work field:


  • Water ressources
  • Agriculture
  • Infrastructure
  • Marine coastal management
  • Awareness raising & training
  • Vulnerability and impact analysis
  • Legistative and institutional framework (political incidence)
  • Ecosystems based adaptation


  • Solar thermal energy
  • Solar photovoltaic energy
  • Hydroelectric energy
  • Geotermic energy
  • Wind energy
  • Biomass
  • Energy efficiency (residences and offices)
  • Energy efficiency (industry)
  • Greenhouse gas reduction from agriculture/livestock
  • Transport
  • Waste management
  • Awareness raising & training
  • Legistative and institutional framework


Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela


The Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) supports OAS member States in the design and implementation of policies, programs and projects oriented to integrate environmental priorities with poverty alleviation, and socio-economic development goals. DSD supports the execution of multiple country projects in such diverse areas as Integrated Water Management, Energy and Climate Change Mitigation, Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation, Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Management and Environmental Law, Policy and Good Governance. Their objectives include: provide support in areas of its technical expertise, to the political organs of the OAS; formulate and execute technical cooperation projects within its field of expertise; facilitate exchanges of information on sustainable development in the region and lay the foundation for participation by civil society in decision making on environmental management; assist countries and regions in preparing investment projects.