Civil Society’s Active Role in Protecting the Environment in Argentina: AVSI Local Partner Hosts High-Level Panel Highlighting Results
Tuesday, 28 December 2004 00:00

On December 7, 2004, AVSI local partner CIOMTA hosted a panel entitled, “Climate Change and Carbon Emissions in the Center-North and North-East Regions of Argentina,” at a high-level UN conference in Buenos Aires.

CIOMTA  (the Centro de Investigación, Observación y Monitoreo Territorial y Ambiental—Center for Territorial and Environmental Research, Observation and Monitoring) is a program overseen by the AVSI partner ACDI (Associación Cultural para el Desarollo Integral—Cultural Association for Integral Development) in conjunction with the Catholic University of Santa Fe and in operation since November 2002.

This Side Event, organized for conference participants, featured the scientific directors of CIOMTA who presented the observation and monitoring activities underway and presented initial results. This panel of presentations highlighted the role of civil society organizations in the implementation of high-level governmental strategies to combat climate change and carbon emissions. In particular, CIOMTA, represents an innovative collaborative effort among a local development organization, a research university, and the government in a developing country, together with European counterparts providing direct support and financial resources to make a sophisticated contribution to the field.

This event was organized within the framework of the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from December 6-17, 2004. This event gained significance and renewed political momentum with the recent announcement that the Convention’s Kyoto Protocol will become legally binding on February 16, 2005. The conference intended to review progress made under the Convention and to develop a strategy for cooperation to address the negative impacts of climate change and to support implementation in developing countries.

CIOMTA’s primary objective is to contribute to poverty reduction and improved standards of living for the rural population of the Center-North and Northeastern regions of Argentina through strengthening the capacities of local organizations to develop policies adequate for sustainable development, in accordance with the UN Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. The work undertaken at the Center utilizes sophisticated towers to measure carbon flows in the atmosphere, and to monitor and analyze carbon emissions and climate change. Given that there is no systematic monitoring of carbon emissions or climate change at the national level in Argentina, CIOMTA’s initiatives in the northern regions are establishing precedence for future work and are informing discussions of policy-makers interested in socio-economic development.

For more information on CIMOTA, visit their website: http://www.ciomta.org.ar .