Circular economy takes strong steps in Latin America and the Caribbean

On December 14, 2020, the first meeting of the Steering Committee of the Circular Economy Coalition in Latin America and the Caribbean was held. Thanks to this first meeting, the participation of Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Peru as high-level government representatives, the Coalition became official.

With the participation of more than 40 people, the prioritized areas of work for 2021 were defined: plastics, electronics, food and agriculture, cities and construction, industrial symbiosis and tourism. Among the participants were Carlos Correa, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia; Rolando Castro, Vice Minister of Environmental Management and Energy of Costa Rica, Milagros de Camps, Vice Minister of International Cooperation of the Dominican Republic and Mariano Castro, Vice Minister of Environmental Management of Peru.

Based on this definition, working groups will be established with the members of the Steering Committee and members of the government, public and private sectors and cooperation agencies and development banks that will be added during the year.

Finally, it was agreed to officially launch the Coalition during the XXII Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean.