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CATIE experts shared experiences of restoration of productive landscapes at the World Conference on Ecological Restoration
- They participated in a symposium and panel discussion of this global event organized in Brazil
August 31st, 2017. From August 28, more than 1500 researchers, politicians, educators, students and community leaders from around the world, who represent the actors of ecological restoration, including four experts from CATIE (The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) gathered in Brazil at the 7th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, organized by the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER).
Specifically, within the framework of this conference, the Symposium Restoring Productive Landscapes was carried out using the landscape approach, which was organized by Leida Mercado, leader of CATIE’s Research Program in Economics and Environment for Development.
CATIE experts, Bryan Finegan, leader of the Forest, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program, and Rolando Cerda, researcher and professor of the Agriculture, Livestock and Agroforestry Program participated in this symposium; as well as Andrew Miccolis of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and Miguel Calmon of the World Resources Institute (WRI).
During the symposium, it was presented and discussed how the scientific evidence has supported initiatives and interventions with a landscape approach and how this approach can, through collective action, help to reconcile and achieve complex and interrelated objectives in a territory, with the aim to achieve social goals and restoration.
Bryan Finegan, presented the topic of forests and ecosystem services recovered through secondary succession, where he showed lessons from the contrasts of tropical agricultural landscapes in Costa Rica.
For its part, Mercado presented the progress achieved, through CATIE's Mesoamerican Agro-Environmental Program (MAP-Norway), in implementing the Climate-Smart Territories approach in two Central American territories as an alternative to integrate improvement objectives for Food security, ecosystem services and resilience to climate change.
Likewise, Cerda participated by presenting the contribution of climate-smart agriculture practices to the restoration of productive landscapes and the well-being of the rural families that inhabit them.
According to Finegan, after the symposium, participants are expected to have a clearly understanding of the potential benefits of using landscape management approaches to restore productive land, while achieving social objectives and the means for effective implementation.
Finally, as CATIE’s fourth participant, the expert Róger Villalobos, researcher of the Forest, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program, was part of the discussion panel on Challenges and opportunities of landscape restoration to recover peripheral urban areas in Latin America.
The 7th World Conference on Ecological Restoration seeks to link science and practice to a better world and will run through September 1st with plenaries, symposia, panel discussions, sessions and field trips.
Forest, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program
Research Program in Economics and Environment for Development
Karla Salazar Leiva
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