Story | 31 Jan, 2021

Congress: Environmental Solutions in the Framework of the Climate Emergency

CEESP News: by Lorena G. Coria, member of the Bolivian Center for Multidisciplinary Studies CEBEM

In September 2020, the II Virtual Congress on Sustainable Development and Environmental Challenges "Environmental Solutions in the Framework of the Climate Emergency" was held. Organized by the Bolivian Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, the event was attended by 180 people from ten Latin American countries.

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Based in Bolivia, and organized through the Bolivian Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, the congress expanded its area of impact to the Ibero-American level using the possibilities offered by information and communication technologies.

The congress brought together specialists from different latitudes of Ibero-America with their theoretical and methodological contributions from the scientific-technical line (researchers and students) while bringing public managers and members of civil society together with local and regional experiences.

A total of 180 people from ten countries, including Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia, took part in the conference, giving a total of nine lectures and 70 presentations and posters. The congress had a scientific committee made up of 27 specialists from different countries.

The virtual debate space that configured the congress, raised as an objective "To establish a space for exchange and socialization of experiences and views on the various instruments of environmental management among technicians, officials, consultants and teachers".

Thus, the conferences, papers and posters developed by the congress participants, allowed to observe the particular challenges of each country according to their environmental conditions (social, cultural, economic, political, physical-natural), as well as the progress and impact of the various regional, national and local planning strategies.

For its organization, the congress advanced on diverse lines of work and environmental problems from the issues associated to Climate Change, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Sustainable Production and Consumption, Conservation, Health and Environment, Energy Transition, as well as those that make visible the especially tools and strategies in dialogue with the themes and problems: Environmental Education, Foresight and Environment and Environmental Governance.

Among the conferences related to the topic of climate change, the contributions of Dr. David Fernández (Bolivia) were highlighted through "The linkage of actions on Climate Change and disaster risk management"; "Induced Climate Change vs. Francisco Borja Barrera and Irene Gómez Millán from the University of Huelva (Spain); "Contributions for the prospective diagnosis of climate change" by Dr. Luis Gabriel Escobar Blanco, Director of the Environmental Prospective Area of the Center for Prospective Studies of Cuyo (Argentina) and the work "Estimation of risk scenarios" by Natalia Torchia- Argentina

Dr. Juan Antonio Márquez Domínguez of the Institute for Local Development, University of Huelva (Spain), contributed to the situation and impact of the COVID19 by giving a lecture entitled "Local Development Response to the COVID19. Special reference to Spain in the State of Alarm".

The congress also allowed for progress on environmental management tools. Thus, the conferences associated with the topic were identified as particularly important, such as "Biodegradable and compostable bags for responsible production and consumption" by María Neftalí Rojas-Valencia and Marco Bravo Arriagada from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the UN Environment; "Recovery of construction and demolition waste for reuse in sustainable cities and communities, by Constantino Gutiérrez Palacios and M. Rojas-Valencia from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.  The work "Perspective of geomatics and water basins for local governance" by Dr. Leonardo Di Fanco is added. UNGS-UNLu. (Argentina)

Finally, in the field of conservation, we had the participation of Martin Tinari and his conference "Conservation in Practice. When the rescue of wild animals is not help".

With 10 days of virtual debate, virtual exchanges were held in discussion forums to advance the 70 papers presented.

The original minutes of the the various advanced topics of the congress are available to consult at: