[column col=”1/4″] [/column] [column col=”3/4″]Saludos from Boca Chica, Dominican Republic! This week the CLCC is participating in the 16th Biennial Caribbean Foresters Meeting, where nearly 100 representatives from 27 countries in the Caribbean, Central America, South America and the United States are gathering to discuss and share perspectives on the impact of climate change within the Caribbean region, and at a broader scale.
According to the organizers, it is the largest one to date, almost doubling the amount of participants at previous meetings over the past 30 years. This year’s theme, “Forest Management, Climate Change and Biodiversity: Advancing an understanding of Caribbean forest dynamics and creating long-term regional networks”, focuses not only on the unique challenges that forests in the region must face due to climate change, but also on the need to strengthen international networks and increase collaboration among forestry professionals. Climate change, biodiversity, long-term, regional, networks? Lots of key CLCC words and shared interests! We’re hoping our oral and poster presentations help contribute to the Caribbean Foresters goals of strengthening these areas in the region.
The opening ceremony was hosted by Bautista Rojas Gómez, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic, and included remarks by local and international government officials, such as Héctor Mata (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, Dominican Republic), Alexandria Panehal (Director of the US Agency for International Development, USAID, Dominican Republic), and Ariel Lugo (Director of the International Institute of Tropical Forestry, IITF, USDA Forest Service, Puerto Rico). The day closed with a wonderful cultural event hosted by the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic.
And of course the CLCC has been tweeting throughout the event along with our partners. To follow the twitter conversation search #CFmeeting (and #CFsymposium for the first half of day one).
Here are some highlights:
Caribbean LCC Dr. Lugo “Caribbean has something Central American forests don’t – hurricanes. We have human impacts and hurricane impacts”
Caribbean LCC Great start at Caribbean Foresters #cfmeeting with sponsors @ambienterd @USAID @USFS_IITF @FAOForestry @giz_gmbh @nature_org @CFMeeting
Caribbean LCC Diaz: “@ambienterd of DR started our national system of forest monitoring last year” as part of their REDD efforts #cfsymposium @IUCN_redd
Forest Service, IITF #CFMeeting “El 39% del territorio Dominicano está cubierto de bosque, en Haití no sobrepasa el 2%”,Ricardo Garcia @FAOnoticias RT @CFMeeting
Caribbean Foresters ~6,000 especies de flora nativa en La Española #CFMeeting “Características y Estado de Conservación de la Flora Dominicana” Ricardo García
Conservation Gateway (TNC) RT@Caribbean_LCC There are online lists of species in the Caribbean at http://www.theplantlist.org/ and from @smithsonian http://botany.si.edu/Antilles/WestIndies/ … #CFmeeting
To read the press releases in English and Spanish click here.