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“COP 19 helped me to build a stronger bond with women who care about the planet”

Interview with Isis Alvarez of the Global Forest Coalition

15.12.2014 |




Isis Alvarez is on the right.

Isis Alvarez of the Global Forest Coalition (GFC) is from Colombia. She attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference Of the Parties (COP) 19 in Warsaw last year. Claire Greensfelder, senior Advisor on Climate and Energy for WECF, interviewed her on GFC and the importance of being present at COP 19.

Is it important for your organization to have access to international processes like the UNFCCC and the SDG / Post 2015?
 “It is indeed. By participating in these arenas we bring together the voices of the people that make up our coalition. We bring different views on and criticisms of proposed policies and warn policy-makers of (potential) adverse effects. At home it gives us the motivation to keep working and being able to disseminate the work we do at the local level including our different research findings and information about the situations that many marginalized communities have to confront.

We also have a fantastic opportunity to relate about our work with people from other networks, as well as those from our own networks, and meet other like-minded people that struggle for the same cause.”

What has your experience been in terms of collaborating with WECF at various international meetings? 
“It was a very enriching experience for me and I really regretted not having being able to participate in all of the sessions at the UNFCCC COP 19 in Warsaw due to my other commitments with GFC. It was very inspiring for me to meet these incredible women in the WECF delegation who are change makers in their countries and to learn from their valuable experience. It gives me further motivation as it helps me build a stronger bond with other women who care about people and the planet."

Read the whole interview here.

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