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Climate change is a threat that adds urgency to the sustainable
development agenda.

S ystemic challenges require a cross-sector response. Climate change is a systemic challenge created by our carbon-intensive development model, and Latin America is especially vulnerable.  This threat has galvanized alliances among groups to advance integrated agendas that target not just climate change, but also sustainable development, civic values, the promotion of a new business model and dialogue that bridges different development agendas.

 

Avina’s Climate Change Impact Tool

For the new five yearstrategic plan introduced in 2012, Avina will consolidate a new impact tool called Climate Change that will integrate this key challenge across the organization’s different Impact Opportunities. The tool adds value through three complementary elements: a) it weaves into one narrative the climate change mitigation and adaptation contributions of all Opportunities; b) it deepens the work done around the environment in those same Opportunities; and c) it strengthens the regional positioning of Avina and Latin America in the global climate debate.

 

These are some of the results we saw in 2012 related to Climate Change:

 

Climate Change as a Regional Priority

In 2012, Avina’s climate change team promoted the climate agenda of Latin American cities and municipalities in several ways, such as co-organizing the Cities and Climate Change Summit in Bogota, supporting the launch of the Islands and Climate Change Network, and backing a municipal climate change adaptation plan in Lima.

 

Avina also took part in the global debate, participating in the Climate Reality Project and forging significant spaces for dialogue during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

 

Leadership and Climate Change

At Avina’s initiative, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and eight universities from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay signed an agreement to form the Regional Climate Change and Leadership Training Center. It is aimed at decision-makers from the public and private sectors, as well as civil society leaders. With institutional support from the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), the Government of Uruguay and the financial commitment of UNESCO and Avina, 2013 will mark the start of a pilot program with national chapters and a regional workshop based on an intensive development program taught collectively by the universities.

 

Fundación Avina has had a crucial role in this process from its beginning by offering financial and political support to the Regional Climate Change and Leadership Training Center. It also facilitated the meetings that made the alliance possible.

 

 

Regional Forum in Lima (Peru), where the Latin American
Climate Platform report “The State and Quality of Public Policies
around Climate Change and Development in Latin America” was
presented for debate.

Public Policies Assessment

In the presence of Peru’s Environment minister, the former ministers of Colombia and Ecuador, and more than 40 officials and experts from several countries, the Latin American Climate Platform  (PCL) unveiled a comparative study about the state and quality of public policy regarding climate change, agriculture and forestry in 10 Latin American countries. Despite the different characteristics of each country, cross-border patterns emerged.  The similarities included lack of coordination between national climate policies and specific policies in each sector; a low level of climate policy implementation, and a reactive approach in general. An additional analysis compared the 10 national studies.  The results will be published in 2013.

 

Fundación Avina has backed PCL since its creation, providing financial support for its launch and the development of the national studies. Also, Avina actively participates in the Executive Committee of PCL.

 

Our main allies and co-
investors in 2012 were:

 

Informe sobre el Estado y Calidad de las Políticas Públicas sobre Cambio Climático y Desarrollo en América Latina: Sector Agropecuario y Forestal (“The State and Quality of Public Policies around Climate Change and Development in Latin America:  Farming and Forestry Sectors 2012”) identifies and analyzes certain patterns and common characteristics of climate change policies in the 10 countries that were studied. Download it here. (In Spanish.)