Making Central America's voice heard in Copenhagen

30 November 2009 | News story

In Central America, IUCN is boosting civil society participation in the international climate change negotiations, trying to make sure the region’s needs and solutions are accounted for in the post-2012 agreement.

IUCN Mesoamerica is supporting the regional government negotiating teams to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in policy analysis and drafting joint positions papers, feeding in the results of consultations with a broad range of civil society organizations. This is being done in close cooperation with the Central American Integration System (SICA) the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) and SICA’s civil society arm, the Consultative Council (CC-SICA). A wide range of sectors including the indigenous and campesino movement, trade unions, universities, community associations, entrepreneurs, women’s groups, utility companies and municipalities, are all having their say.

Workshops have been held in every country of Central America, including two on REDD-Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, which involved a number of campesino and small-holder agro-forestry organizations, including IUCN member ACICAFOC. Discussions have also opened up with the transport sector which is looking for ways to reduce its carbon footprint, and with the Central America Federation of Folk Fisheries, which represents communities that are vulnerable to climate change. Similarly, a workshop organized with the Central American negotiating team on climate change briefed delegates and provided guidance on the negotiation text prior to the UNFCCC Bangkok meeting. These workshops aim to develop a common understanding of the main issues at play with climate change and establish national and regional priorities for action.

Major regional NGOs including The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International and Rainforest Alliance as well as government representatives working on climate change took part in a recent IUCN-convened Regional Climate Change Platform, aimed at generating greater coordination on climate change advocacy. By undertaking such broad consultations, it is hoped that a Regional Climate Change Strategy is agreed on that sees the different sectors commit to practical action on both climate change mitigation and adaptation.


For more information contact:
Pascal O. Girot, Regional Programme Coordinator for IUCN-Mesoamerica
pascal.girot@iucn.org