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Forest Sustainability and Climate Change Mitigation in Latin America

ICCO has a new grant to develop the project "Communities, Forests and Biodiversity: promoting dialogue, exchange and forest value chains to adapt and mitigate climate change".

Forest Sustainability and Climate Change Mitigation in Latin America

The project is part of EUROCLIMA+, a program of the European Commission that promotes cooperation between Latin America and Europe on climate change issues.
 
The EUROCLIMA+ program presented its component of Forests, Biodiversity and Ecosystems, composed of 9 projects that will be implemented over the next 3 years in 12 Latin American countries. One of them is "Communities, Forests and Biodiversity: promoting dialogue, exchange and forest value chains to adapt and mitigate climate change", developed by ICCO in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Colombia, in partnership with 7 indigenous and community based organizations. 
 
With this project it is expected to reinforce the capacity of mitigation and adaptation to climate change of communities and peoples; likewise, create successful models of forestry companies in integrated forest management that can stop deforestation, degradation and loss of biodiversity.
 
"We are making available our experiences, learning and resources to develop capacities of adaptation and mitigation to climate change in forest management; it is an extraordinary opportunity for exchange and knowledge management", said Marvin Centeno, Program Officer of ICCO in Central America.
 
ICCO’s partner organizations for the implementation of this project are: ACOFOP in Guatemala; The Indigenous Table (Acolchi and Acolgua) in El Salvador, FEPROAH, Cooperativa Agroforestal Fronteras de Oriente and Moskitia Asla Takanka in Honduras and COCOMOPOCA in Colombia. In total, these organizations have rights over 2 million hectares of forest.
 
"Value and synergies"
 
The presentation of the Forests, Biodiversity and Ecosystems component of EUROCLIMA+ was carried out from January 15 to 18 in Valle de Bravo Mexico, with the participation of representatives of the European Commission, the Mexican State, implementing organizations Expertise France and GIZ, representatives of the 9 approved projects and the focal points of the program in each country.
 
"EUROCLIMA+ wants to be a program with a lot of impact, that contributes value and facilitates synergies between 18 countries of the region, with priority projects that promote sustainable development and resilient to Climate Change in Latin America", stated María Buzdugan, from the European Union Delegation in Mexico, during the launch event. 

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