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CATIE students shared their research progress with the scientific and academic community of the institution
- The Graduate School held its First Research Symposium in which 28 pre-projects of its education program that will impact 9 different countries were presented.
October 11, 2017. For the first time, on October 11, the Graduate School of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) held a research symposium, in which its students presented to the scientific and academic community of the institution 28 different research projects or preliminary drafts of their thesis related to environmental and agricultural issues.
Muhammad Ibrahim, director general of CATIE, was in charge of starting the symposium, stating that professors and students of the Graduate School are the ones who generate more than 80% of CATIE's research. Hence the importance of the event to make known the existing advances and their impact.
The development of the symposium was divided into four areas related to CATIE’s work: economy, development and climate change; agroforestry and sustainable agriculture; management and conservation of tropical forests and biodiversity; and integrated management of watersheds.
In the economy, development and climate change area, six posters were presented on issues related to ecosystem services, economic valuation and cost estimation, as well as livelihood analysis of rural households.
In the agroforestry and sustainable agriculture area, nine posters (seven of first-year students and two of second-year students) were presented on sustainable livestock production, coffee production and climate-friendly agriculture practices.
Also, seven posters (six of mastery’s and one of doctorate) in the area of management and conservation of tropical forests and biodiversity related to forest restoration, timber forest products, tropical forests, wetlands, felines and project impact assessment of hydroelectric dams on mammalian populations were shown.
Finally, in the area of watersheds, six posters were shared to analyze issues of integrated management of water resources, river ecosystems, ecohydrological factors and climate change.
It should be noted that the geographical scope of the 28 investigations presented, which will be developed in the next months, covers 9 different countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia and Peru.
"With the development of those researches we hope to generate new knowledge that can be applied in the countries and obtain relevant information for decision making, seeking to face the challenges of the Latin American region" said Isabel Gutierrez, dean of CATIE’s Graduate School.
This symposium was an opportunity for students to present their work, receive comments and suggestions and share experiences with professors and researchers of great trajectory.
A view over CATIE's new lines of research
During the opening of the symposium, Francisco Alpízar, director of The Research for Green and Inclusive Development Directorate of CATIE gave the students a glance at the institution's change theory and research lines, its relationship with the Graduate School and the global goals of sustainable development.
If you want to know more about the posters presented at the event you can enter to the I Research Symposium, CATIE’s Graduate School.
Karla Salazar Leiva
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