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).