2021 Conference:
Recovering from the Pandemic Through Sustainability
April 5th - 9th, 2021

2021 Agenda

Monday, April 5, 2021 - 8:00am to Friday, April 9, 2021 - 1:00pm

This agenda is evolving.  Please revisit this page as we get closer.

Monday, April 5, 2021 - 4:50pm to 6:00pm

Day One

4:50pm to 5:00pm

Palabras de apertura de los co-presidentes de la conferencia

Opening Remarks by conference Co-chairs

Diego Angel


Claudia Sánchez de Lozada


5:00pm to 6:00pm

Antiguos y nuevos problemas de sostenibilidad en las ciudades: revelaciones del COVID

Keynote Speaker
Gian Carlo Delgado

Research Professor at the Ciudad, Gestión, Territorio y Ambiente (City, Management, Land and Environment) research program at the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Sciences and Humanities at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Day Two

11:00am to 12:00pm

Soluciones Basadas en la Naturaleza en el Sector Agua en América Latina y el Caribe

Climate change is threatening water resources in both urban and rural areas in the LATAM region. This threat to water resources and its implications for public health has become more clear and pressing in the current global pandemic. We know that future solutions will have to include nature-based solutions (NBS) for communities and cities to sustainably adapt to changing water conditions. What is currently being done in LATAM to push these forward?

The panel will be in Spanish, with simultaneous translation to English.

Natalia Acero

Water and Cities Director for Conservation International - Colombia

Ana Gabriela Morales

Manager of Water Management and Urban Resilience for WRI Mexico Cities’ program

Florencia Zapata

Deputy Director, Instituto de Montaña

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Day Three

10:00am to 11:00am

El sector de agua, saneamiento e higiene y su respuesta al Covid-19: Iniciativas en América Latina y el Caribe

Keynote Speaker
Virginia Marriezcurrena

Programme Manager, Water and Sanitation at Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Defendiendo la Amazonía: Historias y Desafíos

Deforestation in the Amazon has increased in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. A group of reporters, indigenous communities, non-profit organizations and activists work to defend the forest. How has their work been impacted by COVID-19? 

The panel will be in Spanish, with simultaneous translation to English.

Joseph Zárate

Journalist and Editor

Victor Zambrano

President, Management Committee of the Tambopata National Reserve

Private Conservation Leader in Peru - Kerenda Homet Private Conservation Area
Carolina Butrich

Project coordinator of Conservamos por Naturaleza

Thursday, April 8, 2021 (All day)

Day Four

(All day)

There are no Panels or Keynotes scheduled for Day Four.

Friday, April 9, 2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Day FIve

10:00am to 11:00am

Vías de descarbonización: aumentando la ambición climática en el sector AFOLU

Due to institutional and technology lock-in, the decisions made by governments today will likely determine the carbon-intensity of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) economies for years to come. How can we balance the need for an urgent economic recovery and the necessary movement towards a decarbonized economy to prevent potentially catastrophic climate change impacts? What are the critical next steps for the AFOLU sector?

Silvia Llamas

Coordinator of Operations in Pronatura Sur A.C

Deissy Martínez Baron

Regional Program Leader for Latin America in the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Manuel Estrada

REDD+ and AFOLU Director, Verra 

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Concibiendo nuevos futuros urbanos a través de innovación

LAC is one of the most urbanized regions in the world, and 90% of COVID cases have originated in cities. Moreover, COVID has exposed some of the deepest problems in Latin American cities: deep inequalities, unsustainable mobility systems, and poorly managed water resources. As income of LAC urbanites grows, the battle for a sustainable future will be won or lost within their boundaries. How can we envision cities as hubs of sustainable and healthy living? What innovative approaches are being taken to shift course?

Mariana Alegre

Executive Director, Lima Como Vamos

Jose Lobo

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

1:00pm to 1:10pm

Palabras de cierre

Closing remarks by Eduardo Fernandez-Duque (CLAIS)