Without doubt, climate change is one of the biggest problems facing the planet and putting at risk the natural balance of all beings. Evidence shows that these changes are caused in large measure by human beings and in order to prevent the worst impacts of climate change we need to significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases with joint and fast actions. In this context, since 2010, Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA), recognized the need to strengthen the regional voice so as to contribute to the global debate on climate change and the creation of public policies that address the region´s vulnerability, thus creating the Dialogue and Capacities for Climate Change Strategic Initiative, so as to foment a development compatible with the climate in Latin America and the Caribbean.
To generate knowledge and capacity building of decision-makers from the public sector and civil society; to enable those to influence the definition and implementation of policies and strategies and in this way face the phenomenon of climate change in the region.
How do we work?
The Dialogue and Capacities for Climate Change Strategic Initiative focuses on capacity building and the promotion of multi-sector dialogue in order to construct public policies on climate change and development in the region. FFLA facilitates the articulation of processes on a local, national and international level through the Latin American Climate Platform (PCL), made up of 17 regional organizations. They aim to integrate and create a meeting point for stakeholders that work towards answers in Latin America to the global problem of climate change. Since 2009, FFLA has acted as Executive Secretary of the PCL.
Furthermore, FFLA is a member of the global Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), where we play the role of regional facilitator for Latin America and the Caribbean. CDKN supports decision-makers in developing countries in the generation and implementation of development policies compatible with climate change. This is achieved through technical assistance, applied investigation, the creation of alliances and knowledge sharing; and strengthening the capacities of the public, private, academic and civil society sectors. This Initiative looks to reduce the gap between science and politics, sharing knowledge that allow decision-makers to have the adequate tools to design public policies that are harmonized and appropriate on a regional, national and sub-national level.
• The creation and consolidation of a Latin American Climate Platform that promotes multi-sector spaces for dialogue with regional leaders. By 2013, the platform had carried out more than 13 forums in 10 countries with the participation of more than 800 regional actors.
• Through the PCL, FFLA has conducted an analysis on the quality and state of public policies on climate change and development, focusing on the agriculture sector in 10 countries and a regional comparative analysis that has been presented and discussed by relevant stakeholders from the region.
• As regional facilitator of CDKN, FFLA has coordinated processes in more than 15 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean including: Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Bolivia and the Caribbean, where the needs of decision-makers regarding policies on climate change and development have been identified and prioritized for their definition and implementation.
• FFLA has supported sub-national processes of inclusion of climate change in the urban planning of pilot cities including Quito and Cartagena.
• Through the processes driven by FFLA, the concept of a development compatible with the climate has been positioned, meaning an integral approach between adaptation, mitigation, climate risk management and sustainable development. Furthermore, FFLA has supported the start of a public debate on climate change through the PCL blog, www.intercambioclimatico.com
Where do we work?
Dialogue.- A process of genuine and collaborative interaction between individuals and groups with different perspectives, interests and knowledge to build consensus towards sustainability.