Policy makers and experts from 9 countries gathered in San José
San José/ Hamburg/ Eschborn, 20 September 2013: Legislators, policymakers and experts from Central American and Caribbean countries have highlighted successful measures as well as challenges for conserving biodiversity and marine ecosystems during a 3-day Inter-Parliamentary Hearing on exemplary biodiversity and marine policies in San José, Costa Rica.
Maria Isabel Ortiz Mantilla, President of the Mexican Chapter of Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) and Federal Deputy put the result in a nutshell: “Given the rich biodiversity in Mesoamerica, it is urgent that policymakers establish strong governance over biodiversity in line with the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Governments, business and citizens need to take responsibility to halt biodiversity loss in the interest of current and future generations and enhance awareness raising and education, financial means and monitoring mechanism to secure the basis of our livelihoods.“
Lourdes Palacios, Member of Parliament of El Salvador added: “The hearing gave the possibility to learn about successful country experiences such as Costa Rica’s Biodiversity Law, which demonstrates the political will to save biodiversity. For legislators in El Salvador it is important to join efforts internally as well as with regional institutions to reinforce and promote laws for the protection of biodiversity.”
Chantalle Clarke, Coastal Planner, Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, Belize said: “The hearing provided an interactive forum to showcase and learn about exemplary innovative strategies and policies for marine biodiversity conservation from Mesoamerica. Belize was extremely happy to share its experiences with quantifying the importance of its natural capital, and using that information to maintain biodiversity while promoting social and economic well-being. It is hoped that participating countries will embrace the innovative strategies to help them meet the Aichi targets by 2020.”
At the 3-day event in San José (Costa Rica) approximately 45 parliamentarians, government officials, regional entities on environment and development and key experts from academia and civil society from Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, St. Lucia, El Salvador, Mexico, Germany and the US, shared lessons learnt whilst reviewing and discussing how to best conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and marine ecosystems in the region.
The Inter-Parliamentary Hearing was convened by the World Future Council (WFC) in close cooperation with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Regional Office for Mesoamerica and Caribbean Initiative and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
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