The environment ministers of the region participate in the summit, which has the goal of seeking solutions to fight the three crises that affect the countries
such as the climate, socioeconomic and health. - International Union for Conservation of Nature photo -
Published on Thursday, July 29, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Costa Rica is the host of the sixth edition of the Bonn Challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean 2021 summit that is taking place this week.
According to the government, the environment ministers participate in the summit, which has the goal of seeking solutions to fight the three crises that affect the region such as the climate, socioeconomic and health.
The summit is an initiative created and funded in 2011 by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment. This activity is virtual due to the pandemic and was organized by the Ministry of the Environment of Costa Rica together with other public institutions.
The goal of the summit is to analyze the short and medium-term progress and priorities of the restoration of ecosystems towards a recovery of the post-pandemic economy.
"We are in a decisive decade, a decade of restoration that is the only way to achieve the vital goals of decarbonization that will lead us to be net zero emissions by 2050," Andrea Meza-Murillo, Minister of the Environment said.
According to the government, 74 organizations from 61 countries participated in the summit, committing to the restoration of more than 210 million hectares in the region.
The Bonn Challenge is an implementation vehicle for national priorities such as water and food security and rural development while simultaneously helping countries contribute to the achievement of international climate change, biodiversity and land degradation commitments, according to International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN.
This is the second environmental summit hosted by Costa Rica recently. In June the country was leading the 2021 Desertification and Drought Day to rally political support to ramp up land restoration globally in the coming decade.
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