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The 5 great forests of Mesoamerica: an alliance between governments, indigenous peoples, and civil society
Tuesday 10 December 2019, 02:15pm - 03:45pm

Organiser(s)

  • MINAE Costa Rica
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Global Wildlife Conservation

Contact person(s) 

Norma Patricia Campos Mesén (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Radachowsky, Jeremy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Person(s) in charge of dissemination

Alexa Montefiore (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Objective 

The objective is to launch a critical new initiative to conserve Mesoamerica’s 5 Great Forests and address the main threat to the region - uncontrolled cattle ranching. Governments will formally commit to protect the 5 Great Forests and request support from the international community.

Presentation 

Together, Mesoamerica's five largest forests cover about 120,000 km2. The species that inhabit them represent about 7.5% of the planet's biodiversity, they contain 47% of the region's forest carbon stocks, and are a source of fundamental environmental services and hydrological regulation for more than 5 million people. Unfortunately, Mesoamerica's five great forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate. Nearly 90 percent of deforestation in the Five Forests is attributable to causes associated with illegal cattle ranching, in protected areas as well as indigenous territories.

The 8 Central American countries, CCAD, AMPB, WCS and GWC will launch a critical initiative to conserve these 5 Great Forests focusing on four pillars: 1. countering the main drivers of deforestation, 2. improving forest governance, 3. strengthening livelihoods, and 4. reforestation and restoration.

At the event, governments will formally commit to protect the 5 Forests; indigenous peoples, civil society and the private sector will discuss their participation on the ground; and the group will invite the participation and support of the international community.

Speakers / panellists

  • Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Costa Rica, Ministry of Environment and Energy
  • Felice Zaccheo, Head of Unit, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Union.
  • Cándido Mezúa, President of the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (Spanish acronym AMPB)
  • Milciades Concepción, Ministro de Ambiente, Panama
  • Salvador Nieto, Executive Secretary of the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD)
  • Jeremy Radachowsky, Regional Director for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
  • Chris Jordan, Coordinator for Central America and the Tropical Andes (GWC)
  • Jorge Ernestro Quesada Diaz, Ministry of Environment, El Salvador
  • Javier Gutierrez, Vice Minister of Environment, Nicaragua
  • Dolan Castro, Directors Advisor, ICF, Honduras

With the potential participation of other regional ministers from Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic

 

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Agenda

 

Time

Topic

Speaker / panellist / facilitator / other

14:15-14:20

Introduction and welcome

Felice Zaccheo, Head of Unit, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Union.

Dr. Jeremy Radachowsky, Regional Director for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

14:20-14:25

Video: Mesoamerica’s 5 Great Forests

 

14:25-14:40

Launch of Mesoamerica’s 5 Great Forests: A regional initiative for the climate, biodiversity, and people

Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Costa Rica, Ministry of Environment and Energy

14:40-15:15

Panel with panellists from governments (Environmental Ministers), Indigenous Communities, Civil Society and the Donor Community. They will discuss the importance of the initiative, the climate commitments of the CCAD countries, and the work on the ground

Ministers 

CCAD (Salvador Nieto)

AMPB (Cándido Mezúa)

GWC (Chris Jordan)

WCS (Jeremy Radachowsky)

15:15-15:40

Q&A

Open questions to the panellists and responses

15:40-15:45

Closure

Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Costa Rica, Ministry of Environment and Energy

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