SICA Forum 2019: Building a Plastic Neutral Central America
On December 5, 2019, the SICA Regional Forum 2019 was held. It was a plural platform of ideas, an integrative, institutional, academic, intellectual, business and social movement for the development of Central America.
The construction of a region of opportunities was the main focus in the event attended by prominent figures in various fields; Politicians, academics, analysts, businessmen, the media, figures from the culture world, youth leaders, leaders of indigenous people, Afro-descendants, civil society organizations, among others.
The relevance of sustainability for the region as an opportunity for development with triple impact: social, environmental and economic; was included in the forum's agenda. The presentation was in charge of Rodrigo Tona, who emphasized that it is crucial for the business sector to join in taking action against climate change, to reduce the carbon footprint, as well as to carry out strategies for decarbonization.
How do we go from packaging to rooms? It was the question that led the challenge that Rodrigo Tona presented to the audience: "We can build sustainable communities. We can solve the housing deficit of Central America. We can create a Neutral Plastic region, to the extent that we stop calling the residue garbage and begin to see it as raw material, because this is the future of sustainable construction," emphasized Rodrigo Tona.
He ended his intervention by mentioning that one of the great challenges for the region is to have a unified legal framework in Central America, integrate Waste Management and promote recycling as a new industry.