World Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in Ecuador

The third edition of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, called Habitat III, will be held from 17th to 20th October in the city of Quito, Ecuador, with the aim of revitalizing the global commitment to sustainable urbanization.

It should be noted that the first edition of this conference took place in 1976 in Vancouver, when 37% of the world’s population occupied cities, while for the second edition held in Stockholm in 1996 this figure had increased to 45%.


Symposium: Restoration of Andean forest landscapes

The Andean Forest Program and CIFOR invite you to participate in the Symposium: “Restoration of Andean Forest Landscapes”, to be held within the framework of the III Colombian Congress on Ecological Restoration.

A comparative analysis will be presented on how Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia are developing their ecological restoration plans and the main bottlenecks and opportunities to execute such plans in the Andean context at different scales. This analysis shows different strategies under way that will be put to the test in this decade in terms of their execution.

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III Colombian Congress of Ecological Restoration

The III Colombian Congress of Ecological Restoration will be held from the 19th to 21st October in eastern Antioquia.

Ladies and gentlemen of the Colombian Network for Ecological Restoration (REDCRE), the Ibero-American and Caribbean Society for Ecological Restoration (SIACRE) and those interested in ecological restoration, receive a warm and affectionate greeting.

Organized by the Colombian Network for Ecological Restoration (REDCRE), the Ibero-American and Caribbean Society for Ecological Restoration (SIACRE), the Alexander von Humboldt Institute,

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[Conference]: The Andean Forests of Antioquia and Metropolitan BanCO2

Next Thursday, 2nd March, the Conference “The Andean Forests of Antioquia and Metropolitan BanCO2: citizen action for conservation,” will be held.

The meeting is at 6:00 pm in the Pío XII Auditorium of the Pontificia Bolivariana University.  Entrance is free!

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The event is organized by the Andean Forests Program and its partners in Antioquia; the MasBosques Corporation, the Medellín Botanical Garden and the Aburrá Valley Metropolitan Area,

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Apurímac: Presentation of the Bird Guide of the National Sanctuary of Ampay

Next Wednesday, 29th March, the Bird Guide of the National Sanctuary of Ampay will be presented in the city of Abancay, Apurímac.

The publication shows the ornithological diversity of the Ampay National Sanctuary and has important data on the ecology, distribution and state of conservation of the species that inhabit this protected natural area. In addition, the guide seeks to show the relevance of the study of birds in a context of climate change, as they are species that help to better understand its effects.

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Workshop: Orchids prioritized for conservation

Next Saturday, 25th March, the second workshop “Orchids prioritized for conservation,” will be held in order to evaluate the species prioritized in the first meeting.

The day will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the facilities of the Botanical Garden of Medellin and has the support of the Study Group on Orchids of Antioquia and the Orchideology Society of Colombia.

The invitation is addressed to professionals, researchers, consultants and students from different disciplines who are currently working in the various fields of orchid study.


X Latin American Congress of Environmental Forestry Law 2016

“Forests, people and peace, an opportunity for Latin American integration” is the 2016 theme of the X Latin American Congress of Environmental Forestry Law, to be held from November 8th to November 10th in Bogota, Colombia. It will be a major academic, social and institutional meeting that will allow the implementation of the necessary legal, institutional and public policies analyses, based on scientific knowledge, academic efforts and community experiences in order to identify the economic opportunities that the sustainable management of forests offers as an alternative of land-use planning,


Chile: IV International course on forest organization and recovery of degraded vegetation formations

The IV International Course on Forest Land Use Planning and Restoration of Degraded Vegetation Formations will be held from November 21st to November 25th in the framework of the National Strategy for Climate Change and Vegetation Resources (ENCCRV by its acronym in Spanish).

The course aims at strengthening technical capacities through theoretical classes, field trips and exchange of lessons learned among the participants. There will be technical conferences, as well as review, experience systematization and results of different relevant actors in Latin American and Caribbean countries that are currently developing forest management and degraded vegetation resources recuperation initiatives.


Peru: XII National Forest Congress

The XII National Forest Congress (CONAFOR, by its acronym in Spanish) will take place in Lima, Peru, from October 26th to October 28th in the premises of Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina.

Since 1977  the congresses  have aimed at making a contribution to the strengthening of the national forestry sector by analysing the situation of the sector and the productive activities of sustainable forest goods and services. There will be an exchange of experiences and investigations developed by forest professionals from all over the country,


Business and Sustainable Management International Symposium

The Business and Sustainable Management International Symposium is the sustainability forum with the longest trajectory in Latin America. The event will bring together leading companies, international organizations, academia and experts on Sustainable Development who will share views on the role of the private sector in the global agenda for development.

Some of the speakers will be:

María del Carmen Sacasa

Resident Coordinator of The United Nations System in Peru.

Marc Dourojeanni