The Most Impactful Climate Campaign of the Last 50 Years

The COVID-19 pandemic is making us rethink our link with nature and the way conservation efforts are carried out, just as reverse migrations to rural areas are driving deforestation rates up and the impending fire season risks increasing emissions in the Latin America region. However, these challenges come with opportunities. They create the conditions for fostering international cooperation, addressing innovative mitigation and adaptation strategies and protecting the livelihoods of people. Milagros Sandoval explains how the COVID-19 pandemic and environmental issues are intertwined and call for a future where science-based decisions shape public and private sector involvement in climate action.

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Milagros Sandoval is a Peruvian lawyer with more than 15 years of experience in sustainable management of natural resources, indigenous peoples’ rights and gender equality from a legal and policy perspective in the context of forest governance and climate change in Peru. She is Climate Change Director for the America´s Field Division of Conservation International and has also participated in UNFCCC negotiations since 2010 as part of both Conservation International’s delegation (2010) and the Peruvian delegation(2013–2018).

By bringing everything to a standstill with the lockdowns we have seen that it is feasible to reduce our emissions We are witnessing things that many of us would never have dreamed of seeing.

For many countries in Latin America the sector that emits the most is land use change and right now the rate of deforestation is rising in many countries.

Euro-Mediterranean Center on #ClimateChange: integrated, multi-disciplinary and frontier research on climate science and policy.

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