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US-EU Cooperation: Strengthening Environmental Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean

Date & Time

Nov. 20, 2023
10:00am – 11:30am ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center


Latin America is among the world’s most biodiverse regions, and its oceans and forests are critically important assets for regional economic prosperity and for the future of the planet’s climate.

Both the United States and European Union have prioritized environmental protection in the Western Hemisphere. In a major investment, the EU pledged 7€ billion ($7.6 billion) to prevent biodiversity loss worldwide between 2021-2027, including in the Americas. As president of the Council of the EU, Spain is strengthening the EU’s relationship with Latin America, including on marine conservation and deforestation; the preservation of biodiversity was a key topic at a July meeting of EU and Latin American leaders. For its part, the United States, at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles last year, committed to supporting regional initiatives to halt and reverse forest loss and to protect marine ecosystems. That includes in the Amazon rainforest and in the historic marine protected area established jointly by Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama, including the Galápagos Islands.

Please join the Wilson Center’s Latin America Program–in partnership with the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, the Spanish Embassy in the United States, and the EU Delegation in Washington&emdash;on Monday, November 20, 2023, from 10 am to 11:30am ET, for a conversation on how the United States and EU could better collaborate in Latin America and the Caribbean to support environmental conservation and address climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss on land and at sea. This is the third of three high-level dialogues on US-EU cooperation in the Americas, including high-level conversations on US-EU commercial engagement in the Americas and opportunities for partnerships in the region to defend democracy.


Image - Maximiliano Bello

Maximiliano Bello

Global Fellow, Latin American Program;
Senior Advisor, Mission Blue
Helge Zeitler

Helge Zeitler

Deputy Head for Planetary Common Goods, Universal Values and Environmental Security, European Commission
Sofia Martínez

Sofia Martínez

Global Policy Director, Green Economy Coalition


Manuel Carmona Yebra

Manuel Carmona Yebra

Counsellor for Environment and Oceans, European Union Delegation to the United States

Hosted By

Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program is focused on Europe’s capabilities, and how it engages on critical global issues.  We investigate European approaches to critical global issues. We examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our initiatives include “Ukraine in Europe” – an examination of what it will take to make Ukraine’s European future a reality.  But we also examine the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE, Europe’s energy security, transatlantic trade disputes, and challenges to democracy. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more

Brazil Institute

The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and US institutions in all sectors. The Brazil Institute plays this role by producing independent research and programs that bridge the gap between scholarship and policy, and by serving as a crossroads for leading policymakers, scholars and private sector representatives who are committed to addressing Brazil’s challenges and opportunities.  Read more

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