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Third face-to-face workshop of ArticuLAC was held in the Dominican Republic

09 2022 August
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Members of the ArticuLAC Community of Practice met in the Dominican Republic from July 25 to 27

San José de Costa Rica, August 3, 2022. Thirty members of the Community of Practice on Public-Private Articulation for Climate Action in Latin America (ArticuLAC), participated in a face-to-face workshop that took place from July 25 to 27 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In a highly interactive space, the participants had the opportunity to exchange experiences, strengthen capacities and interact with their peers in the host country.

ArticuLAC is a joint initiative of the EUROCLIMA+ Program through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the LEDS LAC Regional Platform and  Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) from INCAE Business School. 

The Community was launched in 2018 with the aim of promoting the creation and consolidation of spaces and mechanisms for the systematic participation of the private sector in the formulation and implementation of climate policies in the countries of the region, and the alignment of climate action of companies with national strategies and goals.   

According to Pablo Rojas, Senior Regional Advisor of GIZ/EUROCLIMA+, “the active involvement and participation of the private sector is essential to accelerate and increase climate ambition at the national and regional levels. That is why from the EUROCLIMA+ Program and the GIZ we support different initiatives to promote better intersectoral articulation and better coordination between multiple actors in society.”

Currently, ArticuLAC is made up of 40 public and private organizations from 12 Latin American countries, whose representatives participate in virtual and face-to-face activities for exchange, training and generation of knowledge products. The Community has been very active virtually, but this is the first time that members have met in person since 2019. “I have participated in the community of practice since 2018, I have seen ArticuLAC grow and become stronger. Each face-to-face exchange session that we have held has surpassed the previous one and that attests to the work of all the members” said Carlos Adrianzen, manager of Sustainability of UNACEM, Peru.

The training and discussion sessions developed during the workshop were focused on opportunities in carbon markets, sectoral approaches to meeting climate goals, business goals and metrics, the inclusion of adaptation considerations in company strategies and the strengthening of negotiation skills. In each theme, emphasis was placed on the opportunities and challenges for greater articulation between the public and private sectors. In addition, a panel was organized to learn about the experience of the Platform for Articulation of Climate Action of the Private Sector in the Dominican Republic and an open session to share with Dominican actors the learning of ArticuLAC and its member organizations. Finally, the members of the Community identified themes and modalities for the future work of the Community, as well as opportunities to disseminate the knowledge generated.

Ana María Majano, coordinator of ArticuLAC, commented that with the strengthening of the individual capacities of the participants, the aim is to contribute to the work of their institutions to advance in an articulated way with other actors towards a resilient and low-emission development. In this sense, Valeria Cadena, Director of Production and Sustainable Development of the Ministry of the Environment, Water and Ecological Transition of Ecuador, said that "this space was a catalyst for synergies between public and private actors to promote climate action in the region" and highlighted the commitment of those who participated in replicating and applying the learning from their respective roles. Likewise, Fernando Mora, Director of Environmental Projects and ALIARSE in Costa Rica, mentioned that "for us as an organization this has a high value, since it allows us to find lessons learned, challenges and good practices with a view to promoting public-private partnerships for the development".

If you have questions about ArticuLAC or this activity, please contact Pablo Rojas pablo.rojas@giz.de or Ana Maria Majano anamaria.majano@ledslac.org  You can also visit the web pages of the CoP  here! here.

About EUROCLIMA +

EUROCLIMA+ is a program financed by the European Union and co-financed by the federal government of Germany through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as well as by the governments of France and Spain through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. 

The Program's mission is to reduce the impact of climate change and its effects in 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, promoting mitigation, adaptation, resilience and climate investment. For this, it is implemented according to the "Spirit of Team Europe" under the synergistic work of seven agencies: Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), AFD Group: French Development Agency (AFD) / Expertise France (EF), Commission Economy for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the UN Program for the Environment.