April 16, 2021, 9:00am – 10:30am EDT
Organized by the Wilson Center, the Ford Foundation, and Fundación PRISMA.
Central America is acutely vulnerable to climate change. The impacts of temperature increases, extreme weather events, flooding and drought are magnified by the continued degradation and loss of soil cover, the growing influence of criminal organizations, fiscal constraints, and a rights crisis reflected in forced displacement and the killings of indigenous, Afro-descendant, and other local populations. These phenomena are particularly evident in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
As the Biden administration looks to enhance climate resilience in Central America, understanding how climate change is interacting with the multiple drivers of migration in the region is critical to developing responses that reduce inequalities and build the capacity of communities on the ground.
Wilson Center will host a discussion with senior Latin American and U.S. experts on the challenges and opportunities for the Biden administration as it develops policy responses to the climate-related crises that affect the region.
Drawing on the PIM-supported research on community based forest management in Central America, Dr. Iliana Monterroso (PIM Flagship 5 Governance of Natural Resources) will talk about how secure forest tenure rights promote development and conservation and increase resilience to shocks.
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Photo: Honduras, CIAT/Neil Palmer