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Latin America Community Conservation Resilience Skillshare, Women2030 Media Training & Seminar ‘Women & Biodiversity’

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Photo by Carolina Lagos; Please see here for more photos.

GFC organized a regional meeting in Chile, from 3-8 October in Santiago de Chile. Almost all GFC regional members came to participate in our Community Conservation Resilience Initiative (CCRI) regional skillshare. Colleagues from Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) and the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) were also able to come and participate in these events including the #Women2030 training on communications, focusing on mainstream media, social media and activist photography.

Overall the CCRI aims to contribute to the implementation of the CBD’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan and Aichi Targets by providing policy advice on effective and appropriate forms of support for community conservation. To do this, CCRI assessments are being undertaken with communities in 22 countries, 4 of which are in the Latin America region —Colombia, Chile, Panama and Paraguay. Other participants will be coming from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Ecuador.

A key goal of the CCRI is to strengthen the collective actions of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities and increase their skills in technical and policy topics related to biodiversity conservation and climate change. We aim to facilitate dialogue, bringing forth issues and aspirations, and recognising the role of women in conservation and beyond. National CCRI workshops and CCRI regional meetings thus encourage the full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, including of women and youth.

Overall the CCRI regional meetings provide an effective regional platform for sharing skills and experience, engaging in dialogue, and developing joint strategies between partners of the CCRI and Women2030 as well as other GFC members, interested groups and communities. The focus on skillsharing provides an opportunity to share views and knowledge about practical tools and methodologies on how to promote and strengthen the resilience of community conservation and empower women in sustainable development policies, including media strategies, fundraising, and methods for advocacy.

1st ‘Women & Biodiversity’ Seminar

In addition to the above-mentioned events, our member group in Chile ‘Colectivo Viento Sur’, organized the 1st Seminar on ‘Women & Biodiversity’ aimed at giving women’s role in biodiversity sustainable use and management a more prominent role and at the same time, plan strategies for policy advocacy at the national, regional and international levels.

Activities closed with a field trip on October 9th which includes the visit to a native forest patch managed by citizens’ initiatives in the surrounding metropolitan area of Santiago de Chile.

Contact: Isis Alvarez (isis.alvarez@globalforestcoalition.org) and Carolina Lagos (carolinalagos@hotmail.com)