Last October 19th, Sustainlabour organized an event at COP 11 of CBD to present the new report published together with the ITUC entitled Ecosystems, Economy and Employment. Representatives of Ecoropa and governments of India, Spain and Brazil participated in the event
The report presented analyzes the links between biodiversity, ecosystems and employment and emphasizes the need and potential to transform our productive sectors to protect biodiversity and ensure decent and sustainable jobs.
The event also counted with contributions from representatives of the Spanish trade union (CCOO) and the Central Workers Union (CUT) Brazilian unions who shared their experiences in relation to biodiversity, the challenges that remain to be solved and new opportunities for trade union action arising from the protection and sustainable management of biodiversity and natural resources.
Christine von Weizsäcker, President of Ecoropa, talked about the importance about unions get involved in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
C. Suvarna, Representative of the Indian Forest Service, presented the experience in job creation, poverty reduction and environmental works under the social protection policy called (National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme).
Federico Ramos, Environment Secretary of State of Spain, presented his country's experience in creating employment in areas related to biodiversity, especially under the program Empleaverde.
Finally, André Corrêa do Lago, General Director of the Department of Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, addressed the issue of how to ensure policy coherence between social protection and biodiversity, in particular the Brazilian experience with the Bolsa Verde.
This event was part of "The World of Work and Biodiversity" project which Sustainlabour is developing in collaboration with the Biodiversity Foundation and the Federation of Citizen Services (FSC) of CCOO.
The decision was adopted in response to EU Commission consultation on unconventional fossil fuels in Europe