Climate change planning workshop takes place in Caracas, Venezuela

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Designing climate change action plans: integrating perspectives from Indigenous peoples, academia and government institutions in Canaima National Park, held on the 23, 24 and 25 January 2017.

Workshop brings together government authorities, scientists and Indigenous leaders to explore how the Canaima National Park and its inhabitants can mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

The workshop, held on the grounds of Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC) and funded by the British Embassy in Caracas, was opened by British Ambassador Mr John Saville, Vice-Minister of Investigación y Aplicación del Conocimiento, del Ministerio del Poder Popular para Educación Universitaria, Ciencia y Tecnología Dr. Guillermo Barreto, and Ministerio del Poder Popular para Ecosocialismo y Aguas Coronel Ramón Celestino Velásquez, amongst others.

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With over 80 participants, a future scenarios methodology was used to engage participants in group work to explore the potential impacts of climate change and other socio-political drivers on the management of Canaima National Park. Four scenarios described how Canaima National Park will be like in 30-50 years, created using data from the social, environmental, economic and political background information and the IPCC Venezuela climate change predictions. A set of robust actions to help achieve long-term sustainability of the Park and its inhabitants were developed, and an Intercultural Commission established to enable and promote the implementation of the action plans.

Our next steps include completing a report of the workshop outcomes, and developing proposals for the implementation of the action plans.

See Foreign and Commonwealth Office report of the event here: https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/british-embassy-supports-action-plan-to-tackle-climate-change.es-419

Bibiana Bilbao
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Bibiana Bilbao is Professor at the Department of Environmental Studies, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela. Her research is on tropical savannas, fire ecology, biogeochemical cycles and vegetation change. She has also a long professional experience working on ecological and human dimensions of fire management with Indigenous communities in tropical ecosystems of Venezuela, particularly the Pemón of the Canaima National Park. She is willing to further the development of more effective, socially just and culturally sensitive policies for intercultural and participatory governance of Integrated Fire Management (MIF) in Venezuela, Brazil and other countries of South America such as Bolivia and Argentina.