Climate change and environmental protection are global challenges that must be addressed through the broadest, most diverse and inclusive strategies possible. Partners is ideally suited to help connect and engage key stakeholders in the Western Hemisphere, from the smallest communities to the largest governments; from leaders in government to civil society and private enterprise; from emerging youth leaders to committed, long-term volunteers.In order to do so, Partners follows climate change politics, participates in public events, and leads some initiatives. In the past, from October 2010 to March 2012 Partners led the climate change fellows program supported by the U.S. department of State. Partners is currently leading the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas--ECPA Fellow program, which has been going on from September 2011, and it will end in March 2013.
- Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas--ECPA--Senior Fellows Program: Partners supports the ECPA initiative through administering the Senior ECPA Fellows Program through September 2011 to March 2013, sending pre-selected U.S. technical experts from the academic, non-profit or private sectors to serve as consultants and speakers to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, sharing best practices and expertise in clean energy, sustainable urban development, and climate change adaption and reducing emissions from deforestation. The ECPA Fellows program facilitates the transfer of knowledge on innovative solutions and technologies related to clean energy, sustainable urban development, climate change adaptation, and reducing emissions from deforestation. It also helps build a network of technical experts who can connect and cooperate with each other, as well as bringing together diverse actors from governments, civil society, and the private sector to identify energy and climate change issues in the region and work together toward solutions.
International Public Events: Partners of the Americas represents civil society at various international events to ensure connecting the Americas, serving communities and changing lives through a dynamic network of volunteers, programs and partnerships. In June 2012 Partners attended and ECPA fellows actively participated and attended Rio+20. Also in April 2012 Partners and ECPA Fellows attended the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia.
- Climate Change Fellows Program: Sponsored by the US Department of State during October 2010 to March 2012, this program arranged fellowships for professionals working in Colombia and the US in sectors related to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The program promoted professional development; allowed participants to share their professional expertise; promoted mutual understanding; increased understanding of the science, impact, adaptation, and actions related to climate change; strengthened participants' capacity to serve as catalysts for change; and strengthened the capacity of target communities to more effectively mitigate climate change impacts through disaster and emergency preparedness. Through the program, Fellows in Colombia and the US have built new working relationships on issues such as REDD+, watershed management and training programs for University students. Some exchanges led to research and work in areas such as voluntary carbon markets, forest management, surface and underground water flow, and proper disposal of waste water. There are currently several on going projects initiated by ex-climate change fellows after this program ended in March 2012.