Mexico, Central America, and The Caribbean: a journey towards sustainability

It’s not just the final destination that makes a journey worthwhile, but everything we learn along the way.

Bilwi Photo: Paul Aragón/UICN

Mexico,  Central  America  and   the Caribbean is one  of the  regions  richest in   terrestrial    and    marine    biodiversity, with communities, ethnic groups  and indigenous   peoples who  have  inhabited the area for thousands of years, protecting and  living in  harmony  with  natural resources.

Mesoamerica has 12% of the world’s biological wealth in just 2% of the planet’s land   above  sea   level.  It  contains   the second most  important  barrier reef in the world, and 8% of the earth’s remaining mangroves.

The Caribbean islands form one of the major  centres of endemic  biodiversity in the  world due  to the  region’s  geography and climate.

Thanks  to all these  actions,  added to the thousands of efforts by IUCN Member organizations,  we  have   achieved   results and  generated  knowledge, lessons,  and good practices. As a whole, they contribute a wealth of concepts and actions  to the global environmental agenda helping paradigms of sustainable development to prevail.

Together  with our Members  and  partners, the  IUCN Regional  Office for Mexico, Central America and  the Caribbean has  sought  to bring all this learning on our journey to the 2016 World Conservation Congress, in hopes that  it will allow us  to connect with other regions experiencing similar challenges and with global proposals including  thematic   interests   aligned  with these  problems.

The best  examples of this thematic  linkage will be exhibited in the different spaces of the Conservation Forum, such as knowledge cafés,  pavilions, high-level dialogues, workshops, posters, and the Conservation Campus.  Please  join us  in our journey to the World Conservation Congress Hawai’i 2016.

Follow us @uicn_conserva and UICN ORMACC for daily tweets, facebook posts,  quotes and photos from the events.

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