COP21: trying to get the entire family to agree

Miguel Naranjo is Costa Rican, a chemical engineer, and works in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

This Convention is an agreement between virtually every country in the world to avoid dangerous climate disruption due to human activities. The secretariat follows up on the commitments of the countries, reports on progress and organizes activities and negotiations, in coordination with and under the mandate of the signatory countries of the Convention.

Miguel’s days prior to the cop21 held last December in Paris, was intense. But once he traveled to France for three weeks, the pressure rose. Over the next four articles in our blog, we’ll talk with Miguel to learn about climate change, his experience in cop21, and its results.

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The Green Wall

Written by Mónika Naranjo González
Indonesia ha tenido que aprender sobre la importancia de los manglares de una forma muy dura. Hoy existen varios proyectos de recuperación de este ecosistema. Foto por Conservation International

Indonesia has had to learn the importance of mangroves the hard way. Today there are several mangrove recovery programs in place. Photo by Conservation International

It all started during a massive drought in Indonesia. Peatlands (a type of wetland) began to burn. The huge amount of organic material in the soil also burned and spread disaster, fire could not be controlled for months. Amid the emergency new knowledge gained prominence: the relationship between these ecosystems and climate change.

In that scenario Miguel Cifuentes started to learn about the connection between the loss of mangroves and organic substrates, and the release of their stored carbon dioxide.

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