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Side Events convened on Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Presented by Chile

L-R: Juan Manuel Torres Rojo, Director-General National Forest Commission, Mexico; Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank; Antonio Prado, Deputy Executive Secretary of ECLAC; Ana Lya Uriarte, Mister of Environment, Chile; and Carlos Colacce, Minister of Housing, Land Planning and Environment, Uruguay.

Antonio Prado, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), highlighted recent economic studies conducted by ECLAC. Joseluis Samaniego, ECLAC, presented the results of a study of the economic effects of climate change in the region for different mitigation scenarios. Noting that the impacts varied across sectors, including agriculture, water and biodiversity, he said the aggregate costs of climate change are significant, and called for both global and regional climate agreements.

Ana Lya Uriarte, Minister of Environment, Chile; Luis Ferrate, Minister of Environment, Guatemala; and Juan Manuel Torres Rojo, Director-General of the National Forestry Commission, on behalf of Juan Elvira Quezada, Secretary of the Environment, Mexico, discussed the impacts of climate change in various sectors within their countries. On economic and fiscal threats, Ferrate highlighted that market economic calculations do not internalize the real value of the climate as a global public good and pointed out the risk of serious perturbation to the economy before the end of the century. He also reflected on intergenerational responsibility.

Carlos Colacce, Minister of Housing, Land Planning and Environment, Uruguay, described national plans for responding to climate change. He highlighted emergency response plans for natural disasters, and emphasized the importance of political mobilization for these strategies. He also pointed to the detrimental impacts of climate change on the economy, including through impacts of variable water flows on hydroelectric energy generation.

Luis Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), concluded the panel by emphasizing the high vulnerability of countries in the region to climate change, including in the Andean and coastal regions. He called for cooperation, noting the role that centralized regional institutions can play.

Source: IIDS-Earth Negotiation Bulletin
Contacts

Guillermo Acuna (Coordinator)

More information

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