By Carmencita Rois Mendoza

For the first time, OIKO participated in COP27 and we had some great moments. We were able to showcase two of our nine ongoing projects and establish valuable relationships with organizations and governments that share OIKO’s objectives: to help the most vulnerable communities face the risks of climate change and promote sustainable development for the planet.

On the one hand, we had a side event with more than 100 attendees in person, where we presented the context, progress, results and expectations of the project in Togo, which aims to improve the resilience against climate change effects, reinforce agricultural practices, facilitate technology transfer and provide an answer to the current challenges regarding climate change mitigation. The event was attended by Miguel Trillo, CEO of OIKO, Raul Pantaleo, co-founder of TAMassociati, Kouassigan Tovivo, director of Climate Analytics, and Esso-Kl’nam Pedessi, executive director of Jeunes Verts, who have been our partners during the implementation of the project. What stood out most about our side event were the criteria taken into account for the selection of the communes, and how this model could be replicable in similar areas of Togo and the region. 

On the other hand, together with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Caribbean Development Bank, and the Green Climate Fund, we held a project event in the CARICOM region that seeks to develop an appropriate comprehensive Implementation Plan, a Financing Strategy, an M&E Framework and the re-establishment of a RCCCC towards the operationalization of Climate Change and the Caribbean.

Undoubtedly, COP27 was an enriching experience that will allow greater visibility of the purpose of the assignments being carried out in different countries around the world.