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UNDP-Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Initiative. Biodiversity and Ecosystems Stakeholder Consultations Report.

30 November – 1 December 2009 | Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) held a consultation in Bogota, Colombia on Monday, 30 November and Tuesday, 1 December as part of a regional initiative entitled “Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Why these are Important for Sustained Growth and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean” (the Initiative) to prepare a report on the role of biodiversity in wealth generation and support of wellbeing in the region. The first consultation was held in Mexico City from 13-14 August, the second in Lima, Peru from 24-25 September, the third in Caracas, Venezuela from 4-5 November, and the fourth in Quito, Ecuador from 24-25 November. The Guatemala consultation (for the Central American nations) convened from 3-4 December (report to follow) and others are scheduled for Brasilia, Brazil and Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (for the Caribbean), in January 2010. Each seeks the inputs of national experts and stakeholders.

The Colombian consultation included participants from: government entities, both national and regional; conservation groups; the academic and scientific communities; and a business association. On Monday, participants heard morning plenary presentations on the Initiative and the regional report, and in the afternoon they broke out into three working groups to discuss emblematic Colombian policies, identify key sectors for promoting investment in biodiversity and ecosystem services and any existing barriers to such investments. Deliberations resumed on Tuesday with participants convening in working groups to first discuss insights from case studies from Paraguay and Indonesia, and then to recommend inputs to the regional report on principal arguments to use, ways to convince decision-makers and dissemination strategies. In the final plenary participants recommended key messages and ways to enrich the regional Initiative.
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Participants discuss what arguments should be used to convince decision-makers to invest in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services.

A rapporteur presents her working group's conclusions about how best to convince decision-makers

Facilitator Claudia Martinez guides participants through the consultation process

Emma Torres, Senior Advisor, UNDP LAC, tells the closing plenary that the cost of not acting will be high

Working Groups 1 and 2 debate emblematic cases in Colombia for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services

Participants review suggestions for arguments to use to promote biodiversity and ecosystem services as contributing to growth and equity.

Guillermo Rudas, UNDP consultant, explains the organization, methodology and process for the regional report

Emma Torres, Senior Advisor, UNDP LAC, explains the origins and objectives of the Regional Initiative

John Bejarano, Director, Biotrade Fund, explains the role of the Fund in promoting sustainable trade based on products of Colombia's biodiversity

Xiomara Sanciemente, Ecosystems Director, Environment Ministry, urges participants to get involved in the revision of Colombia's National Biodiversity Plan

Alex Pires, Programme Officer, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), explains the The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) initiative

A rapporteur discusses her working group's recommendations for actions that should be undertaken to disseminate the regional report
The working groups discuss the TEEB case studies on Indonesia and Paraguay and what lessons they may hold for Colombia
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