CoCoon meeting concludes

24 September, 2009 by (comments)

The CoCoon Matchmaking meeting entered its second and final day. There was a positive response to the diversity amongst participants after the official opening by Vice Minister, Claudia Mora, and Dr. Marion Kappeyne, Ambassador of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Colombia.

The meeting continued with its three main themes: combining scientific and action research, capacity development, and alliances and partnerships for conflict management, which were tackled in the mid-morning session. This led to an afternoon activity, known as “speed dating”, where the participants attempted to identify partners with whom they can link up after the forum, to work together on proposals for the WOTRO Science for Global Development program.

Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano, Program Leader for the CGIAR-wide PRGA Program, who was participating, said: “The event has been interesting, with the participation of a wide range of stakeholders from many different backgrounds. CoCoon is based on a new philosophy, which aims to foster interdisciplinary work, valuing differences, culture, technology and capacity innovation. The right approach will also include gender and participatory perspectives that are central to reaching consensus over conflict for resources and sets the bases for a strong accountable governance system. I look forward to seeing how the approach of CoCoon catches on as a new, inclusive and effective way of achieving consensus over the distribution of natural resources.”

As the meeting came to a close, participants were enthusiastic about building relations with the contacts they had made, while for the organizers, there was an air of satisfaction from the links developed amongst the participants.

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