Ecuador is the venue for a meeting that brings together 70 experts from 18 Latin American countries who are members of the EUROCLIMA + Program, which will analyze government initiatives to address climate change between Tuesday and Thursday.
The call is a program of the European Union for the fight against climate change on the planet, which is also attended by officials of the supranational body and the UN, the Environment Ministry of Ecuador said in a statement.
The organizers of the event confirmed to Efe that the meeting involved two experts from each of the 18 countries, as well as the heads of agencies that finance the initiative, such as Spanish, French and German Cooperation.
The person in charge of the Portfolio of State, Marcelo Mata, indicated that this meeting will outline "the future lines of action" in function of the needs of each country in order to solve "the great challenges" that are directed to "restrain the climatic change in the world".
He also stressed the importance of articulating this program with other transnational cooperation initiatives in Latin America to "develop synergies and enhance their impact in the region."
On the other hand, the ambassador of the EU in Ecuador, Marianne Van Steen, clarified that the appointment in the Ecuadorian capital intends to "agree together on the programming and implementation of the actions of the coming years".
Van Steen invited the participants to prioritize those activities related to the compliance of the Determined Contributions at the National Level (NDC), which each country committed to achieve with the signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015.
In these three days, the actions that EUROCLIMA + proposes to carry out to strengthen dialogue processes on climate change at the national level will be presented, through the mechanisms that each state establishes in conjunction with the Twenty-eight.
The European program seeks to promote environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient development in Latin America, while strengthening the capacity of countries in the region to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
EUROCLIMA + has received funding of 80 million euros (almost 90 million dollars) and follows seven lines of work: climate governance, urban water management, energy, mobility, forests, food and risk management.
They are part of the program Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Currently, it implements 41 projects and it is expected that at the end of the year more than 55 projects will be launched.
Organizers of the event told Efe that most of these projects seek to "support the work that governments are doing in compliance with the points they signed in Paris," some of them multinational.
In addition, the program facilitates spaces, promotes bilateral dialogue between the EU and Latin America, and trains specialists from both regions to share initiatives and experiences.