Biodiversity as a Catalyst for a Green and Fair Recovery

Latin America and the Caribbean

This event was co-organised by Canning House, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the UN Environment Programme, the International Labour Organisation, and the Dasgupta Review.

With negotiations being ramped up ahead of COP15 in China and COP26 in the UK at the end of this year, countries are increasingly aligning their commitments towards building back better, down the green and blue recovery routes. Nevertheless, a significant gap in the knowledge of the role biodiversity plays in human well-being, national security, jobs, and a fair, green and sustainable development remains.

We seized a unique and timely opportunity to take a holistic approach to biodiversity, drawing on all three inter-linked pillars of the global sustainable development agenda. Biodiversity is an economic issue, an environmental issue and a social issue. Our event brought together the experts and organisations at the forefront of advancing this global agenda and specifically across Latin America and the Caribbean. By providing key insight into the regional experience through case studies of success, obstacles, and nature-based solutions and opportunities, and with your participation in this event, we aimed to further reinforce the importance of the broader, deeper, transformative changes necessary for inclusive development.


Fiona Clouder

Regional Ambassador for Latin America and the Caribbean, COP26

Keynote Speaker

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta

Author of The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review


Susan Gardner (video address)

Director, Ecosystems Division, UNEP

Juan Bello

Senior Regional Advisor on Healthy Ecosystems, Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNEP

Ana Sánchez

Regional Specialist in Green Employment for LAC, ILO Mexico & Cuba Country Offices

Jeannette Sánchez

Director, Natural Resources Division, ECLAC

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