Climate Change Adaptation & Population Dynamics in Latin America & the Caribbean – Key Issues for Policy Makers

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The Wilson Center will host top experts and policymakers from Latin America for a discussion on climate adaptation and population dynamics in the region, in order to encourage the development of new policy and programmatic tools that help countries of the region meet the financial, organizational, and political challenges that climate change presents.

Global climate change trends indicate that even with mitigation efforts, our planet will continue warming into the next century, leading to more extreme climate conditions and weather events. The Latin America and Caribbean region is particularly vulnerable to some of the most challenging aspects of climate change—sea-level rise affecting coastal cities, changes in precipitation impacting agriculture, glacial melting threatening water reserves. Population trends—like migration and urbanization—can exacerbate these challenges or, in some cases, serve as methods of adaptation. Building resilience to climate change through adaptation efforts and women’s empowerment are key strategies for enabling continued development across the region in climate-uncertain times.

The Wilson Center has worked closely with USAID Missions in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past two years to convene key stakeholders in the region and to explore promising tools in climate change adaptation through a series of seminars. On July 28, The Wilson Center will bring to Washington top experts and policymakers from those seminars in Colombia, Barbados, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Peru, to further broaden the dialogue on these important issues.

Panel 1: Water Management and Engaging Stakeholders
**Ronald Ruiz, Government of Piura, Peru
**Daritza Nicodemo, Centro de Estudios Urbanos y Regionales, CEUR
**Victor Guevara, Ministerio de Construcción y Saneamiento, Vivienda
**Roger-Mark DeSouza, Wilson Center

Panel 2: Adaptation, Health, Agriculture, and Food Security
**Sally Edwards, Environmental Epidemiology, Pan American Health Organization, Barbados
**Jose Luis Arellano, Comision Nacional del Agua (CONAGUA), Mexico
**Lisa Palmer, National Socio-Environment Synthesis Center (SESYNC)

Lunch Keynote:
**John Furlow, U.S. Department of State

Panel 3: Climate Change Adaptation Planning and Mainstreaming
**Patricia Ramirez, Comité Regional de Recursos Hidráulicos del Istmo Centroamericano (CRRH-SICA)
**Jessica Jacob, Climate Finance Expert
**Paula Sierra, Climares
**Miguel Saravia, CONDESAN, Peru
**Miguel Villazon, Mayor’s Office of Valledupar, Colombia


Woodrow Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 6th Floor
Washington DC 20004

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