29/07/2018 | General News
The Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) and Biodiversity and the Biocultural Diversity and Territories Platform (DB&T Platform) will work together on the installation of a common path with the aim to expand cooperation opportunities among different territories in Latin America which are currently facing environmental, economic and social shocks and stressors that contribute to alter the development dynamics of those territorial contexts.
Facing the need to reverse these conditions, both organizations recognize that fostering resilience is a key factor which plays an important role in including long term sustainability perspectives in development processes. In this framework, the Biocultural Diversity and Territories Platform and COSA are working together on the installation of a common path with the aim to expand cooperation opportunities among different territories in Latin America which are currently facing those challenges.
About the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA): COSA is a non-profit global consortium of more than 50 institutions advancing our understanding of sustainability. As a global leader in sustainability metrics for food and agriculture, COSA helps all sorts of organizations with measurement systems that balance scientific rigor with the necessary pragmatism to make data functional for decision makers.
In collaboration with a Working Group of Experts , in 2017 COSA developed a pragmatic tool for measuring resilience. In this tool COSA integrates current advances in resilience theory into real-world applications. The COSA Resilience Measurement approach distils the best practices into a practical and relatively low-cost process that permits a clear understanding of resilience while making it more accessible to a broader range of users. COSA’s final goal is to accelerate more resilient communities by collaboratively advancing best practices and transparent tools for understanding resilience. These systematic, science-based tools enable the development community to capture the complex factors that determine agricultural sustainability and resilience and to also measure progress towards relevant Sustainable Development Goals. To know more about COSA’s resilience initiative, please consult the following web page: https://thecosa.org/tag/resilience/
About the Biocultural Diversity and Territories Platform (DB&T Platform): DB&T Platform deals with the enhancement of territorial and institutional resilience through territorial dynamization processes, which include initiatives of capacity expansion, multi-stakeholder dialogue and advocacy in public and private sectors. The main purpose is to facilitate the settlement of innovative inter-institutional dynamics based on territorial and bio-cultural assets valorisation that contribute to foster more resilient communities.
Both organizations share essential points of contact that will strengthen through networking around multiples areas such as training and knowledge management.
 With the generous support of the Ford Foundation COSA convened the Resilience Working Group which is composed of Lutheran World Relief, International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Conservation International, Sustainable Food Lab, Catholic Relief Services, and Root Capital.