In addition to the partnership announcements, MOU endorsements by Governors and delegates, and incredible level of dialogue and discussions throughout the 13th Annual Meeting of the GCF Task Force in Merida, Yucatan last week, participants were able to engage with and learn from an incredible program of moderators, panelists, and audience members. We also recognized four outstanding individual leaders from within the GCF Task Force for their contributions to the climate and to the network. The full agenda is available here and we hope to be able to provide a video recording of the panels. For now, we’re sharing some photos from throughout the public session and from our awards ceremony.
Wednesday Panel Discussions
Governance & Public Policy: Leadership Perspectives on Climate, Forests, Communities, and Governance
People & Communities: Challenges of Implementing the Guiding Principles for Collaboration and Partnerships between Subnational Governments, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
Knowledge, Innovation, & Technology: Exploring Tools and Metrics to Support Results
Finance, Investment, & the Private Sector: Partnerships, Challenges, and Opportunities
Thursday Panel Discussions
Governance & Public Policy: Examples of Success Across the Global GCF Task Force Network
People & Communities: Advancements in Participatory Processes
Knowledge, Innovation, & Technology: Pushing the Boundaries for More Effective Conservation and Development
Finance, Investment, & the Private Sector: What States Need to Conserve Forests and Promote Economic Development
Thursday Awards Ceremony
At the close of our Annual Meetings, the GCF Task Force Secretariat has the distinct pleasure of recognizing outstanding efforts from within government over the previous year. And this year, we were thrilled to honor the following individuals for their leadership, courage, tenacity, and all-around-awesomeness.
Everyday Hero Award: Prof. Daddy Ruhiyat, East Kalimantan
Everyday Hero Award: Diana Pérez Jaumá, Yucatán
Senior Leadership Award: Sayda Melina Rodriguez Gomez, Yucatán
Distinguished Service Award: Sergio Graf Montero, Jalisco
Friday Field Trips
Finally, participants were treated to a series of field visits to experience the cultural, biological, and community richness, beauty, challenges, and solutions on display in Yucatan. This included visits to wonders such as Ek Balam, deep water cenotes, shallow mangrove lagoons, and community ecotourism cooperatives and traditional milpa practices, among others. On each tour, we doubled down on why each of us participates in these exchanges and in this network – to learn from each other, to work together to bring forward solutions to our hardest climate and land use challenges, and to keep moving forward together.
Thank you to the entire Yucatan team for hosting this 13th Annual Meeting of the GCF Task Force!