OAS Panel on Environmental Trends and  Good Governance

This panel is convened to provide input to the First Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Sustainable Development.  The Ministerial meeting, to be held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia on December, 4-5th, 2006, will bring together ministers, senior government representatives and members of civil society from the 34 OAS Member States.  It will address three main issues: (a) sustainable water management; (b) reducing the risks of natural disasters; and (c) supporting sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry and sustainable tourism.  The meeting will also address the following cross-cutting issues: good governance, meaningful public participation, the inclusion of indigenous groups and gender equity.  

Context: The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), completed in May 2005, marks one of the most comprehensive and rigorous peer-reviewed assessments of the planet’s critical ecosystems.  It adds to a growing body of scientific analysis regarding trends in environmental quality, and the importance of ecosystems to economic development, employment and sustainable livelihoods.  The completion of the MA coincides with a growing recognition of the pivotal role of good governance in supporting effective environmental management and sustainable development. 



Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States (DSD)


OAS Panel on Environmental Trends and Good Governance


September 14th, 2006

Where: Padilha Vidal Conference Room in the OAS General Secretariat Building on 1889 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006




Speech of H.E. José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States


Panel presentations:


Environmental Trends and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment


Dr. Cristián Samper, Director, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution


Dr. Guillermo Castilleja, Senior Vice President, WWF US


Governance, Public Participation and Environmental Management


Karin M. Krchnak, Director of International Water Policy, the Nature Conservancy


Charles Di Leva, Chief Counsel, World Bank





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