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Partners for Biodiversity: Thanking Those Who Keep LAC Green

By - May 21 2014

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Did you know that YOU are part of biodiversity? Check out this video created by the IDB, National Geographic, and George Mason University to learn more about biodiversity and how it applies to Latin America and the Caribbean.

From coral reefs, to Central American volcanoes, to the snow-capped Andes, to the thick treetop canopy that shelters the Amazon rain forest, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is defined by its biodiversity, by the picturesque complexity of its biological makeup. This week, the United Nations has chosen to celebrate this mishmash of organisms and ecosystems through the International Day for Biological Diversity, an observance we’ve taken as reason to reflect on the biodiversity of our own region and those who help preserve it.

A partner remarkable for its rise as the first emerging development agency in the region, the Colombian Presidential Agency of International Cooperation (APC-Colombia) stands out not only for its leadership in advancing sustainable development in LAC, but also as a champion of its biodiversity. A donor to the IDB’s Biodiversity Multi-Donor Trust Fund, a mechanism for financing grants, knowledge products and capacity-building, this contribution is a manifestation of APC-Colombia’s commitment to ensuring LAC remains home to:

  • 40% of the Earth’s biodiversity;
  • six of its 17 “megadiverse” countries;
  • the second largest global reef system;
  • 11 of 14 of the world’s terrestrial biomes;
  • and almost half of its tropical forestland.

Today, in honor of their work to keep our region green, check out this interview with APC-Colombia’s General Director Sandra Bessudo Lion. In the Q&A shared below, she discusses her organization’s partnership with the IDB, their vision for South-to-South cooperation, and more.

Q: How does Colombia envision South-to-South cooperation in LAC? What role can it play in promoting the region’s development?

A: For Colombia, South-South cooperation constitutes a privileged foreign policy instrument used to promote the generation of positive agendas and the exchange of knowledge and experiences among developing countries. It consists in a cooperation based in horizontality, solidarity, and mutual interest and benefit, intended to jointly address the development challenges and support the priorities of the countries involved; not only form Latin America and the Caribbean but also with countries from Africa, Asia, and Eurasia.

Q: What is unique about your agency’s operation model? What novelty does it bring to the development discussion in Latin America and the Caribbean?

A: The operative model of APC — Colombia assumes the duality condition of the country towards international cooperation, through three main structures: a) the Development Aid Bureau which coordinates the Official Development Aid that the country receives, as well as the support of private funds; b) the South-South and Triangular Cooperation Bureau by which Colombia is consolidating its role as a provider of technical cooperation to developing countries, and has also established itself as a strategic partner of traditional donors seeking to support development processes of other countries through Triangular Cooperation; c) the Interinstitutional Coordination Bureau in charge of coordinating the national and local actors within the National System of International Cooperation, to improve the integrated management of the supply and demand of international cooperation in the country.

Q: How can international organizations like the IDB assist emerging bi-lateral development agencies like yourselves? In what ways can we complement your strengths and efforts?

A: Colombia has moved forward towards the purpose of assuming a visible role as a cooperation supplier country through the identification and selection of good exportable development practices, in order to disseminate and promote the Colombian expertise (knowledge-practice) and contribute to a knowledge portfolio from the South. These efforts could be complemented by the design of a strategy to position the supply of international cooperation of the country through strategic alliances with IDB, and establish mechanisms that promote globally — and in a more effective way — the good practices and the country’s supply. Furthermore, in order to determine if the cooperation projects/programs adequately meet the objectives, goals, and results, is important to have tools for follow up, monitoring, and evaluation.

For more partner perspectives, flip through our 2013 Partnership Report

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