Actors of biological corridors of Mesoamerica, the Dominican Republic and Colombia share their experiences in Costa Rica
- They meet in the framework of the XI Latin American Symposium of Biological Corridors that takes place in the country
Different actors that manage the biological corridors of the Mesoamerican region, as well as the Dominican Republic and Colombia, met in Costa Rica, specifically at the XI Latin American Symposium of Biological Corridors, with the interest of sharing their experiences, research advances and challenges.
The event is organized by the Thematic Interest Group of Biological Corridors of the Mesoamerican Society of Biology and Conservation (SMBC), which has been coordinated since 2007 by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), and it deals with various topics.
During the first part, a talk about the challenges of the Mesoamerican biological corridors facing climate change is given and then each participating country will present the national vision of what happens in their biological corridors, which will allow to understand the current situation of each country and their future.
Also, the event covers the discussion of other topics such as connectivity in productive landscapes, intercity corridors, platforms for knowledge management, social participation in biological corridors, financial mechanisms for biological corridors and marine-coastal corridors.
"With the symposium, we seek to show a more comprehensive approach to what biological corridors are and to broaden the existing vision. That is why we consider aspects such as agro-landscape, intercity corridors, coastal marine corridors and financial mechanisms", explained Lindsay Canet, organizer of the symposium on behalf of CATIE.
In this sense, CATIE experts share different researches, among them, on the contributions of a livestock farm to the conservation of biodiversity and landscape connectivity; the connectivity tools in productive landscapes in Colombia; adaptation based on ecosystems in an urban context; the conservation plan of the Intercity Biological Corridor of the Torres River of Costa Rica and the challenge of the biological corridors facing a changing world.
Also, in conjunction with the National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO in its Spanish acronym) of Mexico, the institution will present the Biological Corridors Network for Latin America and the Caribbean (CoBioRed), as a platform for learning and knowledge management.
Within the audience of the symposium are young researchers, national representatives of the biological corridors of Mesoamerica, the Dominican Republic and Colombia, international cooperators such as GIZ and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), technical personnel, representatives of local governments, non-governmental organizations and others.
The Latin American Symposium of Biological Corridors is a traditional event of the SMBC Congress held annually in different countries of the region. For the last 11 years, this symposium has been held uninterruptedly, after Bryan Finegan, leader of CATIE's Program on Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change, along with Jim Barborak, professor and researcher at Colorado State University, founded the Thematic Group of Interest of Biological Corridors within said society.
This year that the event is being held in Costa Rica, the organization will make a special recognition to these two researchers, considered the founders of the organizing group of the symposium.
Specialist in Functional Landscapes for the Conservation of Biodiversity and Human Wellbeing
Program of Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change
Karla Salazar Leiva
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