104. 5 great forests of Mesoamerica — A regional initiative for climate, biodiversity and sustainable development: 9:00am – 10:00am

Event time: 9:00am — 10:00am
Location: Madison Hub South, Convene, 101 Park Avenue
Event organizer: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Representatives from Central American countries plan to launch a joint initiative to conserve the 5 Great Forests of Mesoamerica: the Maya Forest between Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico, La Moskitia between Honduras and Nicaragua, Indio Maíz-Tortuguero between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, Talamanca between Costa Rica and Panama, and the Darién that extends from Panama to Colombia. In the event, the countries will make specific commitments to take direct conservation actions, donors/funders will identify commitments that are worth investing in, and civil society, Indigenous Peoples, private sector and other stakeholders will be engaged in implementation of the initiative. The initiative will: 1. Address the drivers of deforestation – especially illegal cattle ranching, 2. Improve forest governance by strengthening management of protected areas, community forests, and indigenous territories; and 3. Improve livelihoods with forest-friendly and climate resilient economic alternatives.

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Partners/Sponsors: Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD), Government of Costa Rica, Global Wildlife Conservation