Conversations Cycle 2013: Perspectives on Environmental Management in Panama

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The City of Knowledge Foundation (FCDS), Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), launched the Conversations Cycle 2013 under the theme "Perspectives on Environmental Management in Panama" with the presentation and discussion of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) report.

The event began with welcoming and introductory remarks to the Conversation Cycle by Dr. Guillermo Castro, Academic Director of the City of Knowledge Foundation, who stressed the mission of the City of Knowledge of making knowledge available at the service of sustainable development by promoting the competitive advantages of Panama. Dr. Castro said that during 2012, the City of Knowledge Foundation, the Panama Canal Authority and the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Environment Programme, agreed in the effort to disseminate and offer opportunities for information and discussion of some relevant issues regarding the country's sustainable development.

The Project Manager of the Academic Department of the FCDS, Sandy P. Mosquera, offered an explanation of the methodology and objectives of the GEO-5 document, which was officially launched in Latin America on May 30th.

Charles Davies, Regional Coordinator of Early Warning and Assessment of UNEP presented the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) document. Mr. Davies stressed that the document focuses on goals to improve the environment, from the state of the current global environment to the policies that have helped countries meet their environmental goals.

The event counted with substantial comments from Mara Murillo, Deputy Regional Director of UNEP, Daniel M. Muschett Ibarra, Acting Executive Manager of the Environment Division of the ACP, and Ligia Castro, Director of the Department of Environment and principal consultant of the Latin America and the Caribbean Chapter for the GEO-5 in Spanish.

Topics discussed at the event were: the environmental goals of each region and the internationally agreed, policies and regional priorities, responses and global solutions, information on environmental change, positive examples in natural resource management and awareness, and the need to keep a global environmental assessment but also a local one in order to make the best decisions to preserve it.

The GEO-5 summarizes the current state of the environment and future projections, and collects policies and measurements for a world that must move towards sustainable development. After being launched in English, it is now available in Spanish: