Teams from the executive secretariat, Biodiversity Alliance / CIAT and USAID met in person and virtually to reflect on the year and proposals for actions to be validated with the PPA Deliberative Council. The face-to-face meeting followed biosafety protocols, with the use of a mask, distance, alcohol gel and the use of online platforms to minimize contact.
“It is through partnership and working together that we achieve our goals,” said Ted Gehr, director of USAID. “It was a year in which we achieved more than we imagined, with all the restrictions that came up. If we knew that we would have to do all of this without the physical presence, we would not be sure of the successor ”.
The meeting addressed topics on communication, monitoring and evaluation, and sought to identify synergies between the PPA and Aliança teams. In addition, it was a time to integrate new team members, many of whom have recently arrived, such as Cathy Hamlin, new leader of the USAID environment team, Fábio Deboni, as Director of the Catalizing and Learning through Engagement Program with Private Sector (CALPSE) of the Biodiversity Alliance / CIAT and Bernardo Caldas, who also joined the Alliance team.
"I am very excited to be part of a team that is doing innovative work that can have such an impact on the Amazon," said Catherine. Catherine has been to Brazil, and to the Amazon before, as a researcher. She has experience in managing programs related to governance, food security, agriculture and economic growth.
Fábio Deboni has been working at Instituto Sabin for almost a decade, and has already participated in the Deliberative Council of PPA and the thematic group of entrepreneurship. “We wanted to meet in this context of departures and arrivals to chart the next paths. It is a challenge and an opportunity to develop this work together ”, said Fábio.
In addition to the new members, CIAT and PPA teams also met in November to say goodbye to USAID's Anna Tonnes, who left the post the previous month. The meeting was marked by memories of the challenges and partnerships allowed by the construction of the PPA. "Without Anna's persistence and tenacity, PPA would not have been possible," said Augusto Corrêa, PPA's Executive Secretary. “The opportunity to work with the private sector for conservation is a challenge, and despite the complexities, Anna has always been in control. You were the catalytic agent and we hope you will take that energy to other projects, ”said Wendy Francesconi, of the Alliance.
“I appreciate everyone's willingness to listen to my ideas and help to realize them. This was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever participated in. We talk a lot about partnerships, but this is really a joint effort. This is not a goodbye, it’s just a goodbye ”, said Anna Tonnes.