The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) held a consultation in Mexico City, Mexico on 13-14 August 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” (“Initiative”) to prepare a report on the role of biodiversity in wealth generation and support of wellbeing in the region. Similar consultations are slated for Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Central America (in Guatemala), and another for the Caribbean nations, the venue of which is to be agreed. Each seeks the inputs of national experts and stakeholders.
The first day of the Mexican consultation included morning presentations on the Initiative and the national context in plenary, and in the afternoon participants broke out into three working groups to discuss Mexican policies, and to identify key sectors for promoting investment in biodiversity and ecosystem services and any existing barriers to such investments. Working groups resumed their deliberations on the second morning by discussing key policy ideas to include in the report, followed by a plenary session examining how best to contribute to the regional report and ensure its wide dissemination. More information.