FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

8 Amazon countries will issue a joint statement highlighting the roll that protected areas in their region play regarding the COP21 negotiations

More than 170 million hectares in the Amazon region are protected areas. The 420 indigenous ethnic groups congregate 33 million people who directly depend on the water and food supplies provided by the Amazon natural environment.In the upcoming 21st Conference of the Parties COP21, next December, a universal agreement is expected to be achieved in order to keep global warming under 2 °C.

The directors of the Protected Area Systems of  all 8 Amazon countries, the European Union Ambassadors in Colombia, the delegates of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization and  from the leading environmental institutions in

Colombia will meet in Bogota to issue a joint statement for the world leaders meeting in the COP21, next December. The statement will highlight the roll that Amazon protected areas play in the regulation global climate and the need to preserve the environmental goods and services produced by this region which benefit the local and global communities.

The purpose of the event, to be held on October 15, is to announce and motivate a discussion around this subject, which was included in the Declaration on protected areas and climate change, signed recently by the 16 Latin-American countries.

More than just positioning the subject in the country, it is expected that the dialog will raise awareness about the importance of international cooperation on the conservation of Amazon protected areas and on the regional coordination strategy of the 8 countries sharing the Amazon biome (Amazon Vision).

The event is organized by the project

“Integration of Amazon Protected Areas” (IAPA), which has been financed by the European Union with the coordination form the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The project has been implemented jointly by WWF, UICN, PNUMA and Redparques.