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CATIE researchers participated in the annual meeting of the Environment for Development initiative

  • Four CATIE researchers gave workshops and presentations at the activity

From November 2 to the 5, the annual meeting Environment for Development (EfD), based in Vietnam, was held in which researchers from the Economic and Environmental Development Research Program (IDEA, its Spanish acronym) of CATIE ( Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) participated in this event.

"The EfD annual meeting is a forum to bring together researchers from the EfD centers, their collaborators and other interested parties to exchange research ideas, discuss proposals and results of research projects," said Roger Madrigal, director of the EfD center for Central America sponsored by CATIE's IDEA Program.

The meeting included several workshops led by researchers from the IDEA program, specifically from the international collaborative projects Ecosystem Services Accounting for Development (ESAforD) and the Sustainable Management of Marine Resources Program. These workshops were given by Matias Piaggio, coordinator of ESAforD and Francisco Alpizar, coordinator of the marine program.

The activity also had a section to present research results from various initiatives:  

  • Fuel substitution in the Chilean manufacturing sector: A factorial analysis of demand with microdata presented by Helena Cárdenas, PhD student at the University of Chapel Hill in the United States and CATIE researcher.
  • Do protected areas reduce the incidence of hydrological disasters? Presented by Matías Piaggio, senior researcher at CATIE.
  • - Reducing dependence on financial aid for water investments: Evidence from a framed field experiment in Costa Rica presented by Roger Madrigal, director of EfD for Central America and senior researcher at CATIE.

EfD is a capacity building program in environmental economics that focuses on research, policy interaction and academic programs. It aims to support poverty reduction and sustainable development. "This program is committed to the production of high quality research and the interaction of international research. This is achieved by creating an environment in which debates take place openly and research results can be constructively criticized and  in that way generate feedback¨, said Eugenia León, EfD Initiative communicator.

Aside from the workshops and presentations of research results, there were other participations such as the EfD coordination committee in charge of making decisions in the 12 EfD centers, the research committee in charge of selecting the proposals that will be financed by EfD for 2019 and the meeting of the communication and political interaction network where specialists Roger Madrigal, Francisco Alpizar and Eugenia León participated.


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Eugenia León
Research and Development Division
IDEA Program



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Priscilla Brenes Angulo
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