Central America united for Durban climate talks
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The five countries of Central America, along with the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Belize, are going to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, this week with a united position on defense of the environment. The eight nations met last week in San Salvador to determine their joint strategy. Salvadoran Environmental Minister Herman Rosa Chavez summed up the joint position saying, “If the climate continues to worsen there will be no adaptation. We are going to demand a second period of the Kyoto Protocol [to reduce greenhouse gases].”



Rosa Chavez said that Central America is practically invisible on the international scale, but is one of the regions hardest hit by climate change. Paul Oquist, Nicaragua’s representative in the talks, said that six of the eight nations in the past years have ranked within the top 10 highest risk countries in the world for climate change. Rosa Chavez said that another demand will be fulfillment of the promises of financial support although the method of channeling the funds has not been approved. Another Central American aspiration is for the developed countries to advance the negotiations for a mechanism to reduce emissions and thus prevent even greater damages and losses from climate change. The damage caused to Central America by tropical storms in October has leant urgency to Central America’s hope for success in Durban.


(Radio La Primerisima, Nov. 23 2011)