Representatives of the nine projects that will be financed by EUROCLIMA+ through the Forest, Biodiversity and Ecosystems component meet in Mexico.
January 15, 2019, Valle de Bravo, Mexico. “Without the participation of all, achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement and implementing the climate commitments (NDC) will be an even more difficult challenge to overcome”, said Imma Roca Cortés, Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation in Mexico, during the opening speech of the Regional Workshop on Forests, Biodiversity and Ecosystems (FBE) component of the EUROCLIMA+ programme, which takes place in Mexico from January 15 to 18.
With the aim of promoting innovative projects and initiatives to improve the resilience of local communities in Latin America, EUROCLIMA+, a programme funded by the European Union, announced today in Mexico the nine projects that will be implemented under this component, which will contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the NDCs.
The projects, which will be executed in binational and sub-regional areas, involve small agricultural groups, producers and indigenous communities. They also aim to generate new knowledge, capacities and local as well as national competencies to manage forests sustainably.
Marie Pausader, Sustainable Development Advisor of the Embassy of France in Mexico, recalled that the issues of forests, biodiversity and climate change are the same challenge. “Forests provide us with ecological services of great importance for the world because they store carbon, harbour biodiversity and mitigate the impacts of extreme weather events,” she stressed.
“We believe that with these kinds of initiatives we can share valuable experiences at a regional level”, emphasised Fernando Camacho Rico, Director General of Institutional Development and Promotion of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) who, on behalf of the Mexican government, celebrated the existence of cooperation with the EUROCLIMA+ programme.
Finally, Master Hilda González, Manager of Forest Environmental Services of the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) pointed out that Mexico faces many challenges and has great complexity for implementing policies in favour of biodiversity. “These challenges are completely aligned with the strategic guidelines proposed in the Technical Assistance Strategy for the Forests, Biodiversity and Ecosystems component to deal with them”, she concluded.
About the project of the Forests, Biodiversity and Ecosystems (FBE) component
The FBE projects in EUROCLIMA+ aim to enhance the opportunity to share South-South experiences, exchanging and systematizing regional and national knowledge at horizontal and vertical levels, which promotes mutual learning among peers. The countries where the nine projects will be implemented include Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador and Panama, encompassing topics such as ecosystem services, goods and functions; local carbon in adaptation and mitigation; carbon stocks; forest management and restoration; among others.
FBE is an implemented component by Expertise France and GIZ.
To learn more about the nine projects, visit here.
EUROCLIMA+ is a program financed by the European Union, which offers a wide range of specialized services aimed at supporting the implementation of the commitments of the Paris Agreement in the field of climate governance, financing and technical assistance for the execution of projects with the Latin American countries in: