The activity gathered twenty members of Costa Rican delegation to the Convention on Biological Diversity including the Minister of Environment and Energy Carlos Manuel Rodriguez and Vice Minister for the Environment Pamela Castillo Barahona, as well as representatives from key biodiversity institutions (SINAC, CONAGEBIO, etc.). At the science-policy interface, the session came in as an exchange of recommendations between the IPBES Global Assessment on Transformative Change rapporteur Professor Kai Chan and Costa Rica’s biodiversity policy makers.
The keynote speakers were :
Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Minister for Environment and Energy of Costa Rica
Pamela Castillo Barahona, Vice-Minister for the Environment of Costa Rica
Eugenia Montezuma, CBD National Focal Point of Costa
Pr Kai Chan, IPBES Global Assessment on Transformative Change rapporteur
The Costa Rica + Natura initiative set up with the Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU support intends to include biodiversity as a fundamental axe of its economic and social development model. At the national level, Costa Rica + Natura seeks to strengthen the role of conservation of the flora and fauna and sustainable management as central pillars of the national development agenda and productive systems.
At the international level, the initiative forms part of the negotiations of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the High Ambition Coalition (HAC). Led by Costa Rica and France, the HAC strives to have 30% of the world’s land and marine area under conservation schemes by 2030.