Mesoamerica 2020

Mesoamerica 2020 Launch and Experts Meeting

June 12, 2014

The Organization of American States and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) launched today Mesoamerica 2020, a conservation initiative that seeks to capitalize on the region’s most valuable natural resource: people. The objective of Mesoamerica 2020 is two-fold: 1) work with key actors at the individual, organizational and group levels to address the underlying human dimensions of species and ecosystem conservation at the landscape level and 2) strengthen the capacity of Mesoamerican individuals and institutions to be stewards of the land and secure a sustainable future. The overarching conservation goals are to reduce unsustainable land use activities, mitigate the impacts of extractive industries, and reduce threats to highly endangered wildlife and plant species.

Mesoamerica 2020 will partner with the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) to host a regional stakeholder meeting in August 2014 to bring together conservation practitioners from Mesoamerica to share lessons learned, promote the use of best practices, and to identify training needs for the region. The initiative has a seed fund for small grants to support projects that utilize best practices and address the region’s capacity development needs.

The launch ceremony was followed by an experts meeting where NGOs and OAS Member States shared the projects and activities currently in implementation in Mesoamerica. The discussion centered on lessons learned and key actions and gaps for biodiversity conservation in the region.

NGO Presentations

Richard Huber
Department of Sustainable Development
Organization of American States Presentation
Melida Tajbakhsh
Chief, Western Hemisphere Branch
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Without Borders Program Presentation
Pedro Carlos Álvarez-Icaza Longoria
Coordinador General de Corredores y Recursos Biológicos
Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad Presentation
Guy Foulks & Andrea Grosse
Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Program
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Program Presentation
Isabel A. Gutiérrez Montes
Programa Académico de Práctica del Desarrollo
Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza Presentation
Barbara Vallarino
Executive Director
Ecologic Presentation
Heather O'Neil
EcoAgriculture Partners
Adam Henson
Technical Director
Fauna and Flora International Presentation
Jeremy Radachowsky
Assistant Director of Latin America and Caribbean Program
Wildlife Conservation Society Presentation
Deb Hahn
International Relations Director
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Presentation
David Younkman
Vice President for Conservation
American Bird Conservancy Presentation
John Beavers
Executive Director, International Alliances Program
Audubon Presentation
Becky Regnery
Deputy Director
Humane Society International Presentation

For further information on this project please contact Richard Huber at 202 458 3227 or by email at