Maria Cecilia Alvarado Carrión, Vice-Prefect, Azuay, Ecuador and Chair of the South of nrg4SD emphasized the importance of sustainable development at the regional scale. In Ecuador, cities depend on rural communities for their food supply and on mountainous regions for their water. As part of RegionsAdapt and Energy First, Azuay has established a climate strategy that emphasizes responsible land use and respects the needs of all people in the region, including women, children, farmers and fisherman.
We are all connected, she noted. The principle of leaving no one behind means cooperating at the regional level between cities and rural communities to ensure everyone has the resources they need.