About the World Climate Solutions Forum
The World Climate Solutions Forum (WCSF) is a space for international dialogue, established in Bogotá, Colombia, South America by a board of directors embodied of ten senators of different political parties. Their goal was to deploy strategies and climate resilient solutions in response to the challenges posed by climate change, in cooperation with environmental and financial policy-makers, business leaders, and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
The WCSF is an explicit statement that climate adaptation and mitigation is a universal and a moral imperative with far-reaching implications as well as both individual and collective ethical responsibilities.
The WCSF will build on the highest standards of ethics and intellectual integrity, financial climate governance, information systems, earth science data and services technology. It will share its findings based on education lessons learned from parliaments in member countries.
The WCSF will catalogue international cooperation and investment, both public and private, to facilitate alternative climate solutions on various scales (i.e. global, regional, national, and landscape ) in a low-carbon economy. This will help support early commitments to the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The WCSF is the result of the cooperation between the Climate Solutions Caucus of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. as a transformative and necessary step towards a carbon-reduction economy for the benefit of member countries.
Ecotropics (USA) and the Ecotropics Colombia Foundation has the mission of moving towards more effective mitigation and adaptation solutions to climate change through research, development and innovation. Our group relies on a pluralistic approach with stakeholders, as well as the permanent building of trust with communities, corporations and governments to prepare them FOR a climate-resilient economy.
There are three cornerstones in our organization’s approach:
1. Research and development in STEM with emphasis on advanced technologies in earth sciences;
2. Adaptive public policy making;
3. Corporate sustainability through socio-environmental safeguards and CSR by using the highest international standards related to climate change projects;
The WCSF Board of Directors has therefore given its endorsement to the Fundacion Ecotropics Colombia and has entrusted it with the mission to develop the relevant educational programs and become the WCSF General Secretariat. This is in order to coordinate and sustain the strategic development of the WCSF. The Ecotropics Colombia Foundation is an independent, impartial organization and not linked to any special or particular political interests.
With the international leadership of Ecotropics, the WCSF’ parliamentary dialogue space is designed to empower citizens, and promote their commitment to legislative matters that otherwise concern only elected representatives in Congress. It’s also designed to build consensus and the political will to establish climate solutions policies world-wide for the benefit of all.
Our most recent achievement was carried out on November 27, 2018 with the official endorsement from the U.S. House of Representatives. The Bipartisan Bill for a Livable Climate called “Bill of Energy Innovation and Dividends Carbon ”, was a historic first. This effort, a decade in the making, was consolidated thanks to the establishment of the Climate Solutions Caucus (CSC), with political backing (4 Democrats and 4 Republicans in the Senate, and 41 Democrats and 23 Republicans in the House of Representatives); in particular with the leadership of Congressmen Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), Francis Rooney (R-FL-19), John K. Delaney (D-MD -06), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-08), and Charlie Crist (D-FL-13).
The scale of this historic legislation and investment are on a scale not seen since the Marshall Plan, which helped reconstruct Europe after World War II. Furthermore, it incorporates the focus and work of our organization.
This kind of bipartisan collaboration is the result of the thorough and effective training for Congressmen and their staffs on climate change. Equipped with the relevant knowledge, legislators were able to create a multi-party effort and thus solve a common problem, taking into account the different points of view and allowing citizens, communities and industry to find solutions towards a coordinated investment and transition.
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We support the WCSF Declaration of Principles—a multi-party coalition based on the fundamental understanding that ideology diversity, biodiversity, and ethno-diversity from a political perspective. We promote constructive dialogue by building consensus towards the design of beneficial climate policies for the greater good around the world.
We want to stimulate dialogue by proposing alternatives and comprehensive solutions that call for action and pathways aimed at adapting and mitigating the effects of climate change in the member countries of the WCSF. In doing so, we can anticipate future challenges of reducing our vulnerability at all levels.
Our goal is to create the necessary conditions to implement climate finance responsibly in a circular, low-carbon economy that contributes to all.
We believe that we all make up an interested and inclusive part of climate investment and believe that access to best practices in climate-consistent policies is a universal right. In other words, climate education is a comprehensive and multi-directional process involving citizens, industry and government.
We hold that prevention and decisive action to adapt and mitigate the impacts of anomalous climate behavior must be considered moral, ethical and political issues. It corresponds to real-world experiences that human beings and civil society must collectively participate in, in order to share the lessons learned on multi-sector issues. For this reason, we do not believe that competition among political factions should obstruct or degrade the contributions and intelligent solutions beneficial to the climate resilience of landscapes, ecosystem infrastructure and their communities.
The WCSF will begin by focusing on issues that, due to their nature and scope, are considered Pantropical priorities. They are described below:
* Adaptation and resilience solutions amidst Covid19.
* Climate change and the challenges for countries’ National Security.*
* Solutions to resolve the territorial dilemma between extractive industry and socio-environmental safeguards GIVEN the risks of climate change.
* Insurance, re-insurance and climatic risks in responsible investment.
* Circular Economy: its role towards a carbon neutral economy.
* Development of the Renewable Energy Market: solar, wind, tidal power and small hydroelectric plants, among others.
* Real estate and intelligent biotecture adapted to the climate.
* Harmonization of Nationally Designated Contributions (NDC), Adaptation and Mitigation Plans, Integrated Watershed Management, and River Basin Management and Development (RBMD)
* National Low Carbon Development Strategy and National Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change
* Development of a climate-resilient infrastructure within the framework of public-private partnerships.
* Climate resilient agriculture in response to extreme weather events.
* REDD +: A public and private mechanism to reduce deforestation and degradation of forest ecosystems.
* Early warning systems for floods and extreme droughts using Web Sensors, IoT, Big Data and NASA/CEOS satellites.
* Multi-sector prevention against climate change and new frontiers of knowledge.
* Sustainable mobility: electric vehicles, hydrogen and bicycles.
* Carbon tax, carbon pricing, control emissions system, auctions and offsets.
* Air quality and sustainable economic development.
* Resilient livestock to the climate and methane emissions abatement.
* Green Protocol and Natural Capital Protocol.
* Habitat Banks and Climate Trust Funds as a strategic compensation instrument to mitigate climate change.
*Digital Transformation for Climate Resilience.
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Ecotropics has a decade of experience in climate resilient agriculture working with the World Forum on Climate Solutions, and thus extends leadership lessons to legislators throughout the world.
Launching the World Climate Solutions Forum in Bogotá, Colombia
The World Climate Solutions Forum (WCSF) is a space for multi-sectoral dialogue of international scope with permanent headquarters in Bogotá (Colombia). It was established in October 2018 by ten (10) Senators from the Congress of Republic of Colombia, for which they signed an Endorsement Letter. The WCSF will promote international cooperation and responsible investments, both public and private, to facilitate alternative climate solutions at various scales (global, regional, national and landscape) towards a circular and low-carbon economy in order to contribute early to the commitments of the Paris Accord and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Senator Juan Diego Gómez (PC), President of the Board of Directors and founding leader of the WCSF, inaugurated the event with a speech that highlighted the importance of decisive trans-climate action, both national and global. The Co-founding Senators of the Forum will accompany him on the Board of Directors: Juan Carlos García (PC), Santiago Valencia (CD), Paola Holguín (CD), Fabián Castillo (CR), Daira Gálvis (CR), Guillermo García (PL), Iván Agudelo (PL), Sandra Ortíz (AV) and John Milton Rodríguez (CJL).
Such pluralism and political unity towards adaptation and mitigation efforts are unique in the history of Colombia. This represents a cornerstone in building a global unifying vision and work with the parliaments of the world, in search of harmonious strategies towards resilient solutions to climate variability and covid19 adaptation (in areas such as technology, scientific advances, agro-industry, Geo-engineering and climate finance, among others).
The launch of the WCSF took place the night of December 17, 2018, at the ecological Grand Park Hotel in the city of Bogotá, and included the participation of corporate leaders from more than thirty (30) large Colombian and multinational companies. They included Latam Airlines, Ashmont Resources Corporation, Holland Backbase, Aviatur, Unilever, Corporación Ambiental Empresarial (CAEM) of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce, Cemex, Smartcare, By-media, Playascorp and Tribeco among other private companies.
Our challenge is to identify, through inter-sectoral working groups, the existing barriers in public and private policy that prevent or delay progress in terms of financial investment in the carbon market, innovation and economic development in the context of climate finance. We seek to find Comprehensive solutions TOWARDS an effective contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, streamline the supply and demand of carbon exchanges and purchase agreements for the reduction of multi-sectoral emissions, and build consensus to achieve In the most effective way, permanent climate solutions and business sustainability policies.
As for the public sector, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS), Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Mines and Energy, the National Federation of Departments, the National Savings Fund (FNA), and the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá, among other high LEVEL government agencies. The challenge is to support the current administration of the Government of Colombia President Iván Duque Márquez and its policies in the National Development Plan towards sustainable development.
The WCSF also presented the guests with an explicit statement that makes it clear that climate adaptation and mitigation is a universal moral imperative with wide-ranging implications and ethical responsibilities for all. The event laid the foundation for international cooperation with those responsible for environmental public policy, business sustainability, Academia (UNAM of Mexico, UniAndina and Javeriana), and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) such as the Teo-Occidente Farming Association , the Action Fund, the Center for Excellence in Marine Sciences Corporation (CEMarin), GreenLatinos, Green 2.0, and Ecotropics (USA).
At dinner we had the musical group Embera Katio Socio Domico, works of art by the renowned painter Víctor Pérez Cifuentes WINNER OF the gold medal of the Olympic Fine Arts 2012 in London.
The Fundación Ecotropics Colombia, which will act as the Executive Body of the WCSF, presented its innovative business strategy, as well as its informal training agenda for science, engineering and public policy 2019-2022. Included was a project on avoided deforestation (REDD+) that benefits more than two thousand (2,000) farming families in western Antioquia. Ecotropics shared their workplan in for building green schools with renewable energy, integrated water management and the timely deployment of added value coffee producing agribusiness.
With a decade’s worth of applied ecology and political ecology, Ecotropics seeks to standardize effective management models among its members, thanks to the work in collaboration with organizations such as NASA, the United Nations, IHE Delft, Organization of American States (OAS), Bioversity International, and the Climate Solutions Caucus of the U.S. Congress.
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