IHCantabria participates in the Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW) in Panama

by | 23 Oct, 2023 | cambio climático, Climate Risks, Adaptation and Resilience, General News, Marine Climate and Climate Change | 0 comments

From left to right: Marta Ramírez, researcher of the Marine Climate and Climate Change Group of IHCantabria, along with Elsa Cacho and Beatriz Tejerina, researchers of the Hydraulic Engineering Group of this institute.

The LACCW 2023
will make it possible to address climate challenges, inspire greater ambition around the issue and contribute to the first global stocktaking of the Paris Agreement. In this context, the following are scheduled several events, representatives of IHCantabria will participate, and its celebration coincides with the “International Day against Climate Change”, which is commemorated every October 24.

From October 23th to 27th, Panama will host the celebration of the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2023 (LACCW 2023The event will bring together representatives of local and national governments, indigenous peoples, civil society and the private sector in Panama City to address climate challenges, inspire greater ambition on the issue, and contribute to the first world balance of the Paris Agreement.

The development of this event has special relevance during this week, since Tuesday, October 24, marks the “International Day against Climate Change“. This celebration was established by the United Nations and is dedicated to raising awareness of this problem, with the aim of extending the fight against climate change throughout the planet, throughout the year.

LACCW 2023 expects the participation of 3,000 people working on applied projects in this region, who will be able to attend more than 200 events included in its program. Discussions will address challenges and solutions related to energy systems and industry; urban and rural settlements, infrastructure and transportation; land, oceans, food and water; as well as societies, health, livelihoods and economies, highlighting initiatives that are already underway and can be scaled up or implemented in the future.

Representing the Institute of Environmental Hydraulics at the University of Cantabria (IHCantabria), Marta Ramírez Pérez, a researcher from the Marine Climate and Climate Change Group, as well as Elsa Cacho Taeño, Beatriz Tejerina Vega and César Álvarez Díaz, researchers and the head of the Hydraulic Engineering Group, are participating in this event. During LACCW 2023, the Regional Forum for National Designated Entities (NDEs) of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)) from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will also take place. Marta Ramírez will be part of this forum on October 24th, giving a presentation on the results of the project titled “Development of a database of marine dynamics in Panama to assess vulnerability and climate change impacts due to sea-level rise,” which was executed between 2022 and the first quarter of 2023. Additionally, on October 25th, she will participate in an expert panel on Innovation and Digitalization.

On October 27th, Elsa Cacho will participate in a side event organized by UNEP and Global Water Partnership Central America . As part of this event, she will participate in a panel discussion on “Strengthening Water Governance for Climate Resilience”, in which she will discuss the information gaps and climate technologies to support climate security planning in the context of climate change in Central America, as well as the opportunities in the region to achieve a transformative shift towards climate resilience and water security.

Holding LACCW 2023 will be a crucial step in renewing the world’s ambition to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, within the framework of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28). This is a fundamental issue not only in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region, because the increase in extreme weather events -fires, droughts, floods and record temperatures- confirm the planet’s vulnerability to climate change. The LAC region could contribute several solutions to this problem because it has unique natural assets – such as forests, mangroves and coral reefs – that serve as carbon sinks and natural flood defenses. This region also stands out as a leader in clean energy, with almost 60 percent of the energy generated from hydroelectric power and significant potential for wind and solar power.

The LACCW 2023 is sponsored by the government of Panama and organized by UN Climate Change, in collaboration with several global partners -such as the United Nations Development Program, UNEP and the World Bank- and regional partners, such as the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean, the Inter-American Development Bank and Euroclima. This event is being held in parallel with the Forum of Environment Ministers of the region, which will take place on October 26 and 27, also in Panama City. This is the third in a series of Regional Climate Weeks organized in 2023, which began with the Africa Climate Week in Nairobi (Kenya), followed by the Middle East and North Africa Climate Week in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), and will conclude -after the LACCW 2023– with the Asia-Pacific Climate Week in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, in November this year.

More information about this event: Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week 2023 | UNFCCC
About the Regional Climate Weeks: Regional Climate Weeks | UNFCCC

From left to right: Israel Torres and Yahaira Cárdenas, from the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Environment of the Government of Panama, with Beatriz Tejerina, Elsa Cacho and César Álvarez, researchers from IHCantabria.

Marta Ramírez, researcher of the Marine Climate and Climate Change Group of IHCantabria, along with other participants in the CTCN forum.

Moments from Marta Ramírez’s intervention at the CTCN forum, on October 24th, within the framework of LACCW 2023.