About PLACA

The Platform of Latin America and the Caribbean for Climate Action on Agriculture is a regional mechanism for voluntary collaboration among the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) on agriculture and climate change, aimed at productive agricultural development that is adapted to the effects of climate change and is resilient and low in greenhouse gas emissions.

The initiative, which was launched in 2019 in the framework of COP25, seeks to generate a regional space for the exchange of knowledge, technologies and collaborative practices in agriculture to support the implementation of domestic climate change policies.

The Platform considers the social, environmental and economic dimensions to seek synergies with major environmental conventions, such as the Climate Change Convention, Agenda 2030, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the Conventions on Biological Diversity and Combating Desertification and Drought.

General Objective

Promote and enhance the collaboration between countries, y con iniciativas, plataformas multi-actor, alianzas e instituciones regionales e internacionales, for the implementation de medidas de mitigación y adaptación para support regional strategies and national policies related to the impacts of climate change and climate variability in the agricultural sector, considering the dimensions social, environmental and economicand seeking synergies with the Climate Change Convention, Agenda 2030, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the Conventions on Biological Diversity and Combating Desertification and Drought.

Specific objectives

  • Promote a space for cooperation for the exchange and co-creation of knowledge, technologies, generation and strengthening of capacities and support for national governance.
  • Access to financing and support for cooperation.
  • Institutional and policy management support.

From July 2023, the Presidency of PLACA is represented by Mexico, and co-chairmanship by Argentina. The Assembly shall be chaired by the Focal Point of the country in charge of the elected Presidency and co-chaired by the country in charge of the future Presidency.

The functions of the Presidency and Co-Chairmanship are as follows:
  • Facilitate the meetings of the Assembly;
  • Prepare, at the request of the General Assembly, the annual work plan, in consultation with the thematic working groups, for which the Secretariat will be logistically supported, and present it for approval by the Assembly;
  • Provide guidance to the Secretariat;
  • Present matters to the Assembly for decision between meetings, when this is requested by representatives of any of the member countries;
  • Communicate to the Secretariat the decisions of the Assembly;
  • To prepare proposed decisions for deliberation at the regular sessions of the Assembly, when this is necessary in the period between its meetings.

Thematic working groups ("working groups") are created by decision of the Assembly, to facilitate the Platform's activities and objectives in accordance with PLACA's Founding Charter and will be assisted by the Secretariat. Each working group will develop and implement an action plan to promote and facilitate activities consistent with the objectives of the Platform, the Annual Work Plan and the specific scope of the working group in question. The working groups will present progress and results annually to the Assembly for validation.
Each working group will report its activities to the Secretariat in a standard format every six months, for dissemination to the Assembly and other working groups, in accordance with the Platform's communication policy.

Adaptation and Mitigation Group: It is coordinated by Argentina. Other participants are: Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru

Public Policy Group: It is coordinated by Chile. Other participants are: Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

Knowledge Management Group: It is coordinated by Mexico. Other participants are: Argentina, Bahamas, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Panama, Paraguay and Peru

Research, Development and Technological Innovation Group: It is coordinated by Guatemala. Other participants are: Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

For internal coordination, go to: https://dgroups.org/fao/placa

PLACA membership is open to any Ministry of Agriculture in the Latin American and Caribbean Region.

PLACA Members are the Ministries of Agriculture that signed the Letter of Accession at the PLACA launch ceremony held on December 5, 2019 during COP25 in Madrid, Spain, as well as those Ministries of Agriculture that formally notify the Secretariat, and sign the Letter of Accession to PLACA. The Secretariat will request each member to formally nominate its representatives to PLACA. Participation in PLACA is voluntary.
Each member individually determines the nature and extent of its participation in any PLACA activity, adopting as minimum actions those proposed in these statutes.

Members may apply to join PLACA, and the Assembly shall be responsible for approving the adhesion by consensus.

PLACA has six partner organizations: the World Bank; Conservation International; the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS); the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA); the Natural Resources Institute of Finland (LUKE); and the World Meteorological Organization.

For more information on PLACA, country membership process, or interest in becoming a partner organization, write us in our contact form.

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Platform member countries

PLACA brings together representatives of the ministries of agriculture of Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay to support national and regional strategies related to climate action in agriculture.

Argentina

Focal Point: Patricia Degracia

Alternate Point: Andrés Said

Bahamas

Focal Point: Delreese Grant

Alternate Point: Jeri Kelly

Brazil

Focal Point: Fernando Sardenberg

Alternate Point: Gustavo Mozzer

Chile

Focal Point: Angelina Espinoza

 

Colombia

Focal Point: Nelson Lozano

Costa Rica

Focal Point: Karla Mena

Alternate Point: Gabriela Carmona

Ecuador

Focal Point: Andrés Pareja Aguirre

Alternate Point: Tatiana Paredes Valdivieso

El Salvador

Focal Point: Julio Alberto Olano

Alternate Point: Lucia Alicia Gómez

Guatemala

Focal Point: Rafael López

Bandera de HaitíHaití

Focal Point: Donald Joseph

Alternate Point: Midouin Lidelias

Mexico

Focal Point: Sol Ortíz García

Alternate Point: Lourdez Cruz Trinidad

Panamá

Focal Point: Rodrigo Luque

Alternate Point: Reinaldo Solis

Paraguay

Focal Point: Lourdes Sofía Jou

Alternate Point: Aracely Cardozo Balbuena

Peru

Focal Point: Juan Carlos Castro

Alternate Point: Gary Pascual Cucho

Dominican Republic

Focal Point: Juan Mancebo

Alternate Point: Dominga Zorrilla

Uruguay

Focal Point: Cecilia Jones

Partners

PLACA has six partner organizations: the World Bank; Conservation International; the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS); the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA); the Natural Resources Institute of Finland (LUKE); and the World Meteorological Organization.

1the World Bank

Relationship to the Sustainable Development Goals