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5 Great Forests of Mesoamerica: A Regional Initiative for Climate, Biodiversity and People.
Monday, 8. November 2021, 15:45 - 17:00
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Date, time:

8 November from 15:45 to 17:00

Organisers and contacts

Dr. Jeremy Radachowsky, Regional Director for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean, WCS

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Objective of the event

The main objective is to publicise the progress of an initiative to conserve the 5 Great Forests of Mesoamerica and address the biggest threat to the region - illegal cattle ranching. Governments will commit to harmonise economic incentives in their countries to boost forest conservation and develop new economic models based on alternatives to cattle ranching, and a call for support from the international community.


Together, Mesoamerica's five largest forests cover nearly 120,000 km2, hold 47% of the region's forest carbon stocks, and buffer climate change vulnerability for more than 5 million people. Unfortunately, forests are being lost at an accelerating rate, both in protected areas and in indigenous territories, and about 90% of deforestation is attributable to causes associated with illegal cattle ranching.

In 2019, the 8 countries of CCAD, AMPB, WCS and Re:wild launched a critical initiative to conserve these 5 Great Forests, and in 2021 the European Union started its support for the initiative through a DeSIRA project.As part of this initiative, governments in the region are initiating a process of harmonising national and regional economic incentives and policies to protect the 5 forests, support indigenous cultures and discourage cattle ranching.

At this event, governments, indigenous peoples, civil society, and the European Union will discuss their participation in the initiative and invite participation from the international community, including EU member states.

Agenda of the event



Speaker / panellist / facilitator

5 mins

Introduction and welcome

Felice Zaccheo

3 mins

Video: The 5 Largest Forests of Mesoamerica Video: The 5 Largest Forests of Mesoamerica 




Presentation of the 5 Greatest Forests of Mesoamerica: A regional initiative for climate, biodiversity and people.

Dr. Jeremy Radachowsky, WCS

30 mins

Panel with panellists from government (Ministers of Environment), Indigenous Communities, and Civil Society. They will discuss the importance, progress, and challenges of the initiative.

Levi Sucre, Coordinator of the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests

Javier Gutiérrez, Vice Minister of Environment of Nicaragua

Francisco Cadavid, Forestry Director of Panama

Francisco Escalante. Vice Minister at the National Forest Conservation Institute.

Fredy Chiroy, Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Climate Change

Patricia Campos, Director of the Office of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica

15 mins


Questions and answers open to the audience

5 mins

Closure and acknowledgements

Lic. Jair Urriola Quiroz, CCAD


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Team in charge of communication and attention to the press

Mariana Diaz Fernandez - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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The European Union - through an alliance of commitment and cooperation of the EUROCLIMA+ programme with 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean - will be facilitating the presentation of 43 events in total.

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