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Join us on May 29th & May 30th in NaturaTech LAC's launching event.

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IDB HQ, Washington, D.C. 

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A BIO-INSPIRED EVENT


05/29 & 05/30
 

NaturaTech LAC wants to lead an inclusive and respectful effort to biodiversity conservation by responsibly using the latest technology. This is your chance to see what we're all about, get involved, and help make a difference. Whether you're a potential partner, collaborator, or just someone who cares about the planet, we invite you to come and be part of this transformative journey.

Conferences

Roundtables

Spotlights

Schedule

29/05

Inaugural Session

Launching the NaturaTech LAC initiative with the participation of high-level representatives of the initiative leaders and founding financers.

(Video NTL)

 9:00 - 10:00

Regenerative Justice

Introductory words on NTL´s ethos, Constanza Gómez Mont, Founder, C Minds; Head NTL 

Uyunkar Domingo Peas,

Territory Coordinator for the Cuencas Sagradas Initiative en Iniciativa Cuencas Sagradas, member of the Steering Committee of NaturaTech LAC

Josefina Klinger

Founder and Director of Corporación Mano Cambiada

10:00 - 10:25

Opportunities for LAC

Multisector panel that will gather key stakeholders to discuss the opportunities to foster innovative mechanisms for ethical nature-tech adoption in the region.

Jean-Michel Baudoin

General Manager of IT Department and CIO, IDB 

Yves Lesenfants

Sustainability & Inclusion Senior Specialist - Forest Conservation, IDB 

Victor Galaz

Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer of Stockholm Resilience Center 

Maria Paula Duque

Sustainability lead, Microsoft Latam 

Ursula Parrilla

Director of IUCN for Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean 

10:25 - 11:10

Regenerative Approaches to Finance

Innovative and Regenerative Finance for Biodiversity Conservation.

Hilen Meirovich

Climate change head, IDB Invest 

Gregory Watson

Lead of the Natural Capital Lab, IDB 

Alejandro Pardo

Leader of LACChain, decentralized finance expert 

Mariana Sarmiento

 CEO, Terrasos 

Ricardo Politi

President of Amazon investor Coalition and CIO Amazon Investor Coalition 

11:30 - 12:30

Spotlighting Nature Innovations

Announcement from NaturaTech LAC’s Ally, Terrasos, on the Launch of its biodiversity tokens initiative.

Constanza Gómez Mont

Founder C Minds, Head of NaturaTech LAC

Mariana Sarmiento

 Founder & CEO

(Video)

12:30 - 12:35

NaturaTech Prize: LAC

Presentation of the NaturaTech LAC Prize together with partners, which will have its final stage in the context of COP16.

Isabela Echeverry

Senior Discovery Officer, IDB Lab Colombia (tbc)

(Video)

12:35 - 12:50

Future of a Nature-Centered Economy

In closing, we will provide highlights of this topic and a preview of upcoming initiatives in NTL designed to enhance LAC’s ability to utilize purposeful technology and inclusive strategies.

Cesar Buenadicha

 Head of Discovery IDB Lab 

Constanza Gómez Mont,

Founder, C Minds; Head of NTL  

(Video)

12:50 - 13:30

Schedule

30/05

Private roundtable that will gather key stakeholders to discuss the ethical implications of deploying and adopting nature tech solutions in the LAC region.

Roundtable on Technology Ethics for Nature

10:00 - 12:00

Workshops and meetings.

Advancing Objectives

12:30 - 17:00

Schedule

30/05

Roundtable on Technology Ethics for Nature

Private roundtable that will gather key stakeholders to discuss the ethical implications of deploying and adopting nature tech solutions in the LAC region.

10:00 - 12:00

Advancing Objectives

Workshops and meetings.

12:00 - 17:00

Agenda

29/05

Eastern Time (GMT-4)

  • Launching the NaturaTech LAC initiative with the participation of high-level representatives of the initiative and founding financers.

    Irene Arias

    CEO, IDB Lab (message through video)

    Avinash Persaud

    Special Advisor, Climate Change, IDB 

    Graham Watkins

    Chief, Climate Change Division, IDB 

    Mariella Morandi 
    Bureau Chief, Development Aid and Multilateral Development, French Government  

    Anna Lerner

    CEO, Climate Collective 

    Karin Metell Cueva

    Director of Latin America, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) (message through video) 

    Constanza Gómez Mont

    Founder, C Minds; Head NaturaTech LAC

  • The urgency of the climate and biodiversity conservation work leaves one thing clear:  we can no longer think of technological, ecological, social, economic, and cultural innovation as separate things.

    A conversation with

    Constanza Gómez Mont 

    Founder, C Minds; Head NaturaTech LAC

    Uyunkar Domingo Peas

    Achuar Leader and Chairman of the Board of the Sacred Basins Alliance (Alianza Cuencas Sagradas), member of the Steering Committee of NaturaTech LAC

    Josefina Klinger

    Founder and Director of Corporación Mano Cambiada, Steering Committee of NaturaTech LAC

  • We are convening a multisector panel that will bring together key stakeholders to explore how purposeful technology and community-led practices enhance the effectiveness, scalability, transparency, and accountability of Nature-Based Solutions. The panel will also explore the opportunities enabled by the contextual adoption of purposeful technology to boost finance, entrepreneurship, and inclusion in biodiversity conservation and regeneration efforts.

    Jean-Michel Baudoin,

    General Manager of IT Department and CIO, IDB ​

    Yves Lesenfants

    Sustainability & Inclusion Senior Specialist - Forest Conservation, IDB ​

    Úrsula Parrilla

    Director of IUCN for Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean 

    Víctor Galaz

    Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer of Stockholm Resilience Center ​

    María Paula Duque

    Sustainability lead, Microsoft Latam​

    Discussion presented and facilitated by: 

    César Buenadicha,

    Head of Discovery, BID Lab and

    Regina Cervera,

    Project Coordinator, NaturaTech LAC; C Minds

  • This panel will explore the nature-centered economic paradigm, understanding the role financing has to move towards new models that value the conservation of biodiversity. It will also explore what it means to have innovative financing mechanisms for nature which include shared benefits, inclusive approaches, and social

    justice approaches in biodiversity finance for biodiversity conservation.

    Hilen Meirovich

    Climate Change Head, IDB Invest 

    Gregory Watson

    Lead of the Natural Capital Lab, IDB, member of the Steering Committee NaturaTech LAC

    Alejandro Pardo

    Leader of LACChain, Web 3.0 expert; Collaborator NaturaTech LAC 

    Mariana Sarmiento

    CEO, Terrasos 

    Ricardo Politi

    Brazil President and Global CIO of the Amazon Investor Coalition, Knowledge Partner NaturaTech  LAC

  • Announcement from NaturaTech LAC’s Ally, Terrasos, on the Launch of its biodiversity tokens initiative.

    (Video)

    Svante Persson, IDB LAB Specialist, Lead Advisor NaturaTech LAC

    Mariana Sarmiento

     Founder & CEO, Terrasos

  • We recognize the critical need to promote and finance capacity-building, creativity, and the contextual adoption of purposeful technology to tackle the pressing challenges of biodiversity loss and degradation. In response, NaturaTech LAC is excited to announce the launch of a new Prize at COP16 in Cali, 2024.

    (Video)

    Presented by

    Eduardo Gómez Restrepo, Head of Operations NaturaTech LAC / C Minds. 

    Isabela Echeverry

    Senior Discovery Officer, IDB Lab Colombia (tbc)

  • The loss and degradation of biodiversity pose a global emergency, threatening ecological health and economic stability. To address this, we will conclude with highlights on this critical issue and a preview of upcomming initiatives of NaturaTech LAC. These initiatives are tailored to boost the region's adoption of purposeful technology and inclusive strategies, scaling up actions for biodiversity conservation and regeneration and de-risking the financing of this sector. Our efforts are designed to tackle this global challenge from a distinctive regional perspective, positioning Latin America and the Caribbean as key players in the global biodiversity conservation response.

    Cesar Buenadicha

     Head of Discovery IDB Lab 

    Constanza Gómez Mont,

    Founder, C Minds; Head of NaturaTech LAC

  • Networking Lunch

  • Speaker’s Cocktail with all the partners and speakers. (By invitation only)

     

    Welcoming words by IDB Lab and C Minds

SPECIAL GUESTS

Our Speakers

Alejandro Pardo

Alejandro Pardo Vegezzi is a Principal Specialist at the IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where he spearheads initiatives leveraging technology for social and economic inclusion. Leader of LACChain, web3 expert; Collaborator NaturaTech LAC.

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Avinash Persaud

Avinash Persaud is Special Advisor on Climate Change of the Inter-American Development Bank. Persaud has over 30 years of experience in finance, public policy, and academia. 

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Alison Filler

Head of Innovation at Climate Collective, Alison Filler leads the adoption of emerging technologies such as blockchain and AI for climate and environmental impact. Her work focuses on carbon markets, nature financing, and emissions traceability.

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Anna Lerner

Anna Lerner is a co-founder of Climate Collective, an organization focused on using innovative financial tools and technology to combat climate change.

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Belén Páez

Ecuadorian ecologist and specialist in Climate Change and indigenous peoples' rights, currently leads the Climate Financing and Forests Area at Fundación Pachamama. She coordinates the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative and actively participates in scientific panels and environmental foundations.

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Camilo Santa Peña

Camilo has been recognized at the Finance for Nature Global Summit in Edinburgh ‘19 and by the New York Forest Declaration at the UNGA ‘18 for his innovations on Impact Investing for Regenerative Economy. In 2019 he joined the Natural Capital Lab at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC, where he advises on finance innovation for biodiversity and climate action. 

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César Buenadicha

César Buenadicha is the head of the Discovery Unit at the IDB Lab, leading the work of the laboratory in the identification and co-creation of high-impact innovations and ventures in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Constanza Gómez Mont

Constanza is the founder of C Minds, an impact innovation agency focused on fostering technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain to address social and economic challenges.

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Eduardo Gómez Restrepo

Head of Operations NaturaTech LAC / C Minds. 

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Gabriella Gómez Mont

Gabriella Gómez-Mont is a distinguished creative leader and innovator, known for her work in enhancing urban environments through innovative, transdisciplinary approaches. She founded Experimentalista, a unique, nomadic, and creative office that focuses on urban innovation and fosters high-level, transdisciplinary collaborations worldwide.

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Graham Watkins

Graham Watkins is Chief of the Climate Change Division at the Inter-American Development Bank and leads the Bank's efforts to support government climate policy and planning in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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Gregory Watson

Gregory Watson leads the IDB’s Natural Capital Lab program, funded by the governments of France and the United Kingdom. It works with the IDB Group and partners to drive innovation in natural capital finance and promote biodiversity mainstreaming. Member of the Steering Committee NaturaTech LAC.

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Hilen Meirovich

An expert on enabling environments for climate investments, Hilen G. Meirovich is the Climate Change Head at IDB Invest, based in Washington, D.C.  Hilen, an Argentinean national, has solid experience in working with public sector actors to promote and consolidate climate policies and strategies, as well as leverage international funds for climate that can attract private investments in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Ilan Melendez

Regional Leader of LACChain, promotes the use of blockchain and web3 in Latin America and the Caribbean. He specializes in supply chain transparency and digital identity.

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Irene Arias

Irene Arias Hofman is the CEO of IDB Lab. IDB Lab's purpose is to discover new ways to drive social inclusion, environmental action, and productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Isabella Echeverry

Isabela Echeverry Peñón serves as the Senior Discovery Officer at IDB Lab, the innovation and venture laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. Her role involves driving innovation for inclusivity across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Jean-Michel Baudoin

Jean-Michel Baudoin is the Chief Information Officer and General Manager of the Department of Information Technology (ITE) at the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Josefina Klinger

She is the founder and director of Mano Cambiada, an organization that aims to promote sustainable ecotourism and empower Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities. Through her work, Klinger Zúñiga focuses on using ecotourism as a tool for community development and environmental conservation, promoting an approach that benefits local residents both economically and socially.

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Karin Metell

Karin Metell serves as the Head of Regional Development Cooperation in Latin America for Sweden, emphasizing the critical moment for enhanced regional cooperation on the Amazon, highlighting the importance of not missing the current political momentum for such initiatives​​.

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Maria Paula Duque

Current sustainability leader for Latin America, they have a broad background in developing strategic relationships and customer experience. With over 12 years at Microsoft Colombia and experience in telecommunications regulations, they have significantly influenced public policies and technology in the region.

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Mariella Morandi

Working for the Directorate General of the Treasury for 8 years, Mariella Morandi is currently Head of Unit Multilateral Financing for Development and Climate. These years of experience have enabled her to specialize in ecological transition and financing issues.

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Mariana Sarmiento

CEO of Terrasos. She has experience in developing and implementing environmental sustainability strategies for companies, governments, and communities in Latin America and the United States.

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Regina Cervera

Regina Cervera is deeply involved in innovative projects at C Minds, particularly focusing on leveraging AI for environmental conservation. She coordinates the Future of Earth Lab and the AI for Climate initiative, which includes projects like Tech4Nature Mexico.

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Ricardo Politi

Ricardo Politi serves as the Brazil President and Global CIO of the Amazon Investor Coalition where he directs sustainable investments for the conservation of the Amazon. He has led the creation and expansion of platforms that facilitate financing for startups and technological innovations. Knowledge Partner NaturaTech LAC.

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Smeldy Ramírez

Smeldy Ramírez Rufino works with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as a focal point for the Dominican Republic. He is part of the Civil Society Team, which collaborates with various stakeholders to enhance the sustainability and impact of development projects across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Ursula Parilla

Regional Director of the IUCN Office for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, Úrsula Parrilla has led significant projects such as the first IUCN initiative with the Green Climate Fund. 

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Uyunkar Domingo Peas

Uyunkar Domingo Peas Nampichkai is a prominent Achuar indigenous leader from Ecuador, dedicated to activism and the defense of indigenous rights for three decades. Currently, he is the President of the governing board of the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Alliance and part of CONFENIAE, representing 11 indigenous nationalities from the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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Victor Galaz

Victor Galaz is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Stockholm Resilience Center (Stockholm University) and Director of the Governance, Technology, and Complexity program at the Beijer Institute (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences).

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Yves Lesenfants

Yves Lesenfants is a Belgian ecologist with 30+ years of field experience in Latin America, focusing on the Andean and Amazon regions. He specializes in technological innovation for conservation, development, and land management.

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Schedule

29/05

Inaugural Session

Launching the NaturaTech LAC initiative with the participation of high-level representatives of the initiative leaders and founding financers.

9:00 - 10:00

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Regenerative Justice

A conversation with Uyunkar Domingo Peas, Territory Coordinator for the Cuencas Sagradas.

10:00 - 10:20

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Opportunities for LAC

Multisector panel that will gather key stakeholders to discuss the opportunities to foster innovative mechanisms for ethical nature-tech adoption in the region.

10:20 - 11:10

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Regenerative Approaches to Finance

Innovative and Regenerative Finance for Biodiversity Conservation.

11:30 - 12:30

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Spotlighting Nature Innovations

Announcement from NaturaTech LAC’s Ally, Terrasos, on the Launch of its biodiversity tokens initiative.

12:30 - 12:35

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NaturaTech Prize: LAC

Presentation of the NaturaTech LAC Prize together with partners, which will have its final stage in the context of COP16.

12:35 - 12:50

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Future of a Nature-Centered Economy

In closing, we will provide highlights of this topic and a preview of upcoming initiatives in NTL designed to enhance LAC’s ability to utilize purposeful technology and inclusive strategies.

12:50 - 13:30

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Agenda

30/05

Eastern Time (GMT-4)

  • Roundtable that will gather key stakeholders to discuss the ethical implications of deploying and adopting nature tech solutions in the LAC region. The discussion will serve as input for the development of the Ethical standard-setting instrument for Nature Technologies. (This will not be transmitted online)

  • This meeting aims to delve deeper into the relevance of digital Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (dMRV) technologies, interacting with leaders of ventures in this field.

  • Workshops and meetings

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