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Achievements of the Regional Climate Change Program were presented to Ministries of Environment

  • The results on the achievements of the program in the component related to the Free Trade Agreement between Central America and the Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR) were presented thorough a seminar

September 12, 2018.  One of the action components of the Regional Climate Change Program, an initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is to strength capacities on environmental management in Central American countries and the Dominican Republic to achieve the commitments acquired within the Free Trae Agreement between Central America and the Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR). In this sense, last September 11, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) as an implementer partner of the program, participated of a high level seminar in which the achievements made within such component were presented.

The presentation took place in Washington D.C, The United States, with the participation of Ministries of Environment of the region, representatives of the Organization of American States (OAS), USAID, The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Central American Commission for the Environment and Development (CCAD); and on behalf of CATIE participated Muhammad Ibrahim, general director of the Institution.

Among the present ministries were Omar Figueroa, Ministry of Environment and Social Development of Belize; Manuel Rodríguez, Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica; Alfonso Alonso, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Guatemala; and Elvis Rodas, vice-ministry of Environment of Honduras. Additionally, participated the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic, Rosa Otero, director of the International Cooperation, and Iris Barrios, director of Environmental Performance.

During the seminar, they emphasized on achievements made to accomplish the environmental regulations that promote the trade among the United States, the Central American Countries and the Dominican Republic, including: water management,  solid wastes,  and strengthening of laboratories to analyze water quality.

In turn, they mentioned the important role that Rubén Alemán, environmental specialist of USAID, El Salvador, assumed as component supervisor of the Regional Climate Change Program related to CAFTA-DR.


Bilateral cooperation meetings

After the seminar, the General Director of CATIE held bilateral meetings with ministries of the region to talk about issues of cooperation with CATIE.

He specifically discussed with the Ministry and Vice-ministry of Guatemala about a proposal for an adjustment fund in the coastal areas and about forest concessions in Petén.  In turn, he also spoke with the Ministry of Belize about actions for the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, this with the objective that CATIE prepares a proposal to be discussed at the CCAD meeting.


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