13 de noviembre 2020, Centroamérica. El Comité de Gobernanza del Fondo de Desarrollo Verde (FDV), conformado por representantes de la Unión Europea (UE), el Ministerio Federal de Ambiente Alemán (BMU) y la CCAD aprobó el financiamiento de cinco propuestas para proyectos de restauración de ecosistemas y paisajes.

La segunda convocatoria del fondo está enfocado en la recuperación verde (Green recovery) post COVID. Los cinco proyectos aprobados de Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua y Panamá incluyen medidas de “Pago por trabajo” (Cash For Work) en respuesta a los efectos de la pandemia por COVID-19 que beneficie a poblaciones vulnerables y que minimice los  impactos económicos de la pandemia en áreas rurales.

“La pandemia no tiene que frenarnos para ser menos verdes, sino animarnos en ser más ambiciosos, focalizarse más; por ello nuestra estrategia financiera apunta hacia esta dirección; en ese sentido es importante destacar que los seis proyectos nuevos el Fondo (FDV)  incluyeron mecanismos de “Cash for Work“, para apoyar a las comunidades vulnerables en alineación con el plan de contingencia del SICA. Esto responde también a los desafíos que enfrenta la población beneficiaria, tanto a corto como a largo plazo” explicó Felice Zachecco en el lanzamiento virtual de los primeros proyectos del fondo el 21 de septiembre 2020.

El proceso de preparación y evaluación de las propuestas fue organizado a través de  plataformas digitales con e apoyo dela GIZ.

El Fondo de Desarrollo Verde para la región SICA es una iniciativa financiada por la Unión Europea y el Ministerio Federal de Ambiente de la República de Alemania (BMU), en el marco de la Iniciativa Internacional para el Clima (IKI) e implementado por la Cooperación Alemana (GIZ) en coordinación con la Comisión de Ambiente y Desarrollo (CCAD) que apoya a los países miembros del Sistema de Integración Centroamericana (SICA) a aumentar su adaptabilidad ante los efectos del cambio climático en zonas vulnerables para contribuir a un desarrollo sostenible y resiliente a través de la restauración de ecosistemas y paisajes.

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The Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) together with the European Union and the United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment) presented the opportunities to develop climate-resilient landscapes through ecosystem restoration at the Conference of the Parties (COP25) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Madrid. The event "Building Resilience to Climate Change through Ecosystem Restoration in Central America" was held on December 12 in the pavilion of the EUROCLIMA+ Program with the participation of the Ministries of Environment of El Salvador and Costa Rica, together with high representatives of CCAD, European Union, UN Environment and the Inter-American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE).

Central America covers only 0.5% of the Earth's surface but is home to approximately 8% of the world's biodiversity. At the same time, it is one of the regions that are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and natural disasters.

"The issue of restoration and adaptation is not an option for us, we have to be working on this as a region; that is why as CCAD we are working in coordination with the agriculture sector in a common initiative for mitigation and adaptation to climate change at the regional level that integrates several regional projects such as the Central American Dry Corridor, an initiative for the conservation of the Five Forests of the region and the Green Development Fund for the SICA region, among others", stated President Protempore of CCAD and Minister of Environment of El Salvador, Fernando López to the participants of the event.

On his part, the Executive Secretary of CCAD, Salvador Nieto, presented the Green Development Fund for the SICA region, a regional environmental financing mechanism that is being implemented as a tool to mobilize funds for local ecosystem restoration activities in the region.

"This initiative arises because Central America already had a series of regional policy tools for ecosystem and landscape restoration; including leadership in the global Bonn Challenge initiative in which the countries of the region have committed to the restore more than 8 million hectares of forests; with the European Union as a partner in the development of the "Green Development Fund for the SICA region", a financial mechanism for the implementation of nature-based solutions to climate change" explained the Secretary during the event.

In this context, the Minister of the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, expressed his recognition for CCAD's leadership on the subject and thanked "all the partners who collaborate and trust in this vision and our commitment; because these initiatives will be of great benefit to all Central Americans and our ecosystems .

During the event there was also a high level panel with the participation of Andrew Scyner, Program Manager of EUROCLIMA+ on behalf of the European Union, Miguel Mendez head of the department of strategic alliances and international cooperation of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE), Javier Gutiérrez, Deputy Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources of Nicaragua (MARENA), Gustavo Mañez, climate change coordinator for the UN Environment Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, and as moderator Edgar Gutierrez Espeleta, former Minister of Environment of Costa Rica and UN Special Envoy for the Fight against Drought and Desertification. The Green Development Fund for the SICA region /REDD+ Landscape is an initiative financed by the European Union and the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany within the framework of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in coordination with the Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD). (MARENA), Gustavo Mañez coordinador de cambio climático de la oficina para América Latina y Caribe de ONU Medio Ambiente y como moderador Edgar Gutierrez Espeleta, exministro de ambiente de Costa Rica y enviado especial de lucha contra la sequía y desertificación de Naciones Unidas.

The Green Development Fund for the SICA region /REDD+ Landscape is an initiative financed by the European Union and the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany within the framework of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in coordination with the Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD).

16.Sept.2019: Recently, an exchange of experiences took place between officials from environmental institutions in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic to strengthen the capacities of the Commission that will elaborate the regulations of the Law on Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in the Dominican Republic

Among the members of the Commission are the Manager of the Yaque del Norte PES Program, the Head of the PES Program of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, the Technical Director of the Marena Fund, the Planning Director of the Empresa de Generación Hidroeléctrica Dominicana (EGEHID), the Director of the Dominican Environmental Association, and the Director of Environmental Management of the Corporation of Aqueducts and Sewers of Santiago (CORAASAN).

The objective of this exchange is to strengthen the capacities of the members of the Commission in such a way that they can count on a practical reference for the elaboration of the normative instrument.

Thereby, the experience is known in depth from the formulation of normative instruments to the implementation of a financial mechanism of payment for ecosystem services (PES) of Costa Rica through the National Forest Fund (FONAFIFO).

The Vice-Minister of Natural Resources of the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, Pamela Castillo, participated in the meeting and highlighted the importance of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) being inserted in the country's development policies, as well as strategic planning and the transparency of funds management.

This activity is part of the action plan of the Green Development Fund for the SICA region, through which the improvement of essential ecosystem services for adaptation to climate change is sought and in this way national environmental financing mechanisms are strengthened.

The Green Development Fund for the SICA region/REDD Landscape is a regional program financed by the  European Union together with the  Federal Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Germany (BMU) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in coordination with the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD). Its objective is to reduce vulnerability to climate change in degraded areas of Central America and the Dominican Republic through the restoration of ecosystems and landscapes.

WE WORK TOGETHER IN THE IMPROVEMENT OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES FOR ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE
EUROPEAN UNION IN CENTRAL AMERICA

Technical staff of the Green Development Fund participated in a meeting with the mayor of Moyuta and other mayors of the department of Santa Rosa in southern Guatemala, in order to learn about possible projects for Sustainable forest management. Members of the National Institute of Forests (INAB) Guatemala, and the Foundation for the Conservation of Guatemala (FCG) also participated.

The mayor of Moyuta, along with other mayors of the department of Santa Rosa in the southern zone, attended a meeting with members of (INAB), the Foundation for the Conservation of Guatemala (FCG) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).ción para la Conservación de Guatemala y Cooperación Alemana.

The reason for the meeting was to present possible projects for the benefit of soil conservation and forest protection, this is the first time a project of this type takes place in this area of the country.

Source: Municipality of Moyuta. Guatemala

Thursday, August 15, 2019: A Reforestation Day was recently held as a voluntary activity of the Green Development Fund Program for the region SICA / REDD+ Landscapein coordination with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of El Salvador (MARN).

Green Development Fund for the SICA region,is a regional program financed by the European Union together with the Federal Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Germany (BMU) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für international Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in coordination with CCAD.

Staff from GIZ and the Japanese cooperation agency (JICA) participated in the activity, as well as staff from the European Union, the Environmental Investment Fund of El Salvador (FIAES) and MARN

This activity is integrated into El Salvador's initiative to restore one million hectares under the global commitment of the Bonn Challenge, which is a global effort to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested forests by 2020, and 350 million hectares by 2030.

The site selected for this activity is in the buffer zone of the Hoja de Sal Protected Area in the cantons of El Llano and El Zapote in the municipality of Jujutla, department of Ahuachapán in western El Salvador. This initiative will benefit three water springs located in the area, which will increase the availability of water to the inhabitants.

The activities of the program Green Development Fund for the SICA region/ REDD Landscape are focused on improving the essential environmental services for adaptation to climate change. These initiatives seek to reduce vulnerability to climate change in degraded areas of Central America and the Dominican Republic through the restoration of ecosystems and landscapes.

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