The AECID, with the collaboration of the FIIAPP, proposes renewing and strengthening the numerous actions the EC is developing in the area of environment and climate change.
Climate change, besides being one of the most important threats of our time, is a barrier to development in that its adverse effects are felt especially intensely in the poorest countries and most vulnerable populations.In addition, it is imposing limits and obliging us to reorient the productive paradigm and consumption patterns.
In the awareness that 2015 is crucial—with a post-Kyoto agreement, the new Sustainable Development Objectives (SDO) and a future framework for disaster reduction on the table—ARAUCLIMA (a regional programme to address the environment and climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean) has been founded. The FIIAPP will participate in this initiative by organising different activities and providing various experts on the issue.
This represents a strengthened, renewed and updated response by the EC for preserving the environment and combating climate change in one of the most vulnerable regions of the planet, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The programme was presented in Peru by the Secretary General of International Cooperation, Gonzalo Robles, in December 2014. The OTC (Technical Cooperation Office) of Costa Rica, as the technical unit of ARAUCLIMA, held a kick-off workshop for the programme from 25th to 27th March. Thepurpose of the event was to introduce the programme to all the Latin American and Caribbean OTCs, as well as to the key institutions at the regional level, as possible partners.
ARAUCLIMA aims to provide general support to climate mitigation and adaptation actions that protect the environment, strengthen the main regional bodies and institutions, favour construction of a regional vision, and promote the organisation of public and private stakeholders. The programme will focus its actions around two components: adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, with six thematic lines of action: resilient agriculture, risk management, comprehensive management of water resources, renewable energies, sustainable cities, and comprehensive management of forests.