On its 30th edition Forest Course of CATIE reaches more than 580 trained professionals
- For this 2018 the course started with the participation of 24 people of nine different countries
August 7, 2018. Last August 6, in Turrialba, Costa Rica started the 30th edition of the International Intensive Course on Forest Management and Forest Landscapes Restoration of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), considered the most transcendental and with more editions at a global level in the issue of tropical natural forest diversified management adding a total of 581 trained professionals in 33 different countries of America, Europe and Africa.
During this occasion there are 24 professional participants in the course, 11 women and 13 men of Costa Rica, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Panama, Ecuador, Honduras, Spain and Peru.
“All of them will receive knowledge and updated experience in issues of diversified forest management. Additionally, topics on climate change and forest landscapes restoration will be treated, in order to contribute to management, mitigation and adaptation of resources in pro of fomenting sustainable forest management” pointed Fernando Carrera, coordinator of the course and researcher of the Forest, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program of CATIE.
Besides, the course, which will expand until next August 24, it gives participants the opportunity to compare its experiences with professionals of different countries. “This allows them to have a broader vision of the ecological diversity of the region, have an adequate management, procuring to satisfy the present needs and guarantying conservation in eco systems, as well as knowing tools for a better planning and orientation of the environmental services that the forests give,” said Carrera.
According to Carrera, the idea is that participants apply and put into practice all this knowledge in their country, in a way that in the region, the forest sector strengthen through sustainable management and restoration of landscapes.
A training with global reach and quality
Along the 30 editions of the International Intensive Course on Forest Management and Forest Landscapes Restoration of CATIE, the Central American and Caribbean regions have been represented by 309 people of 10 countries, in the case of South America there are 212 people of 10 countries added, from North America there has been participation of the three countries that compose it and have assisted 34 people, while in Europe have participated 21 professionals of eight countries, and finally Africa has been represented by five people of two countries.
In total there are 154 women (26%) and 427 men (74%) who have been trained though this course.
According to evaluation results of previous editions of the course, the 69 % of the participants said that the training exceeded their expectations and a 31% indicated that it achieved their expectations.
International Intensive Course on Forest Management and Forest Landscapes Restoration
Forest, Biodiverstiy and Climate Change Program
Karla Salazar Leiva
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