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Highlighting the links between Climate Change, Agriculture and Green Economy in Latin America

Highlighting the links between Climate Change, Agriculture and Green Economy in Latin America

October 24, 2011

The Club de Madrid Member Jorge Quiroga, President of Bolivia (2001-2002) provided an integral vision of the important synergies between Agriculture, Climate Change and Green Economy in the Latin American region, during the Climate Change and Agriculture in Latin America Seminar that took place on 13 and 14 October in Brasilia.

The roundtable discussions counted with the participation of 12 international organisations and specialised agencies working on the theme, such as FAO, IADB, WB, EC, World Food Program, UNDP, and the Spanish Climate Change Office. The debate was organised in four roundtables that discussed agricultural production and its climate change impacts, strategies and proposals to reduce the impacts, and the monitoring systems for the Latin American region; ending with a discussion on the need to ensure a transversal implementation of the policies on agriculture, and climate change in the context of a green economy as a key way to develop the region. This last point was the focus of the intervention of President Quiroga.
 
President Quiroga highlighted that the American continent has the possibility of being self-sufficient, and therefore to become a region with an economy based on renewable energy sources in a 50 year period by transforming gradually the sources of energy from the current fossil fuels, to biofuels and gas up to renewable energies. All this, by keeping in mind that the two main challenges that the world is facing are food security and climate change.
 
The inputs of the discussions will be summarised and presented to the next XXI Iberoamerican Summit in Asunción, to raise awareness among the 22 countries participating and the need to share them during the next UN Climate Change Conference – COP17 in South Africa in December and the Rio+20 Conference in Brasil next June.

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