On November 5, 7, 9 and 27, four workshops were held focused on presenting the results and advances of the Nicaragua-Honduras Sentinel Landscape initiative, in order to provide a space for the exchange of information between decision-makers and key actors in the sectors of environmental management, forest management, protected areas, livestock, cocoa, coffee and biodiversity. These events took place in the cities of Matagalpa and Siuna in Nicaragua and Catacamas and La Ceiba in Honduras.
Around 64 participants from 45 organizations representing government, academic, and production sectors as well as some NGOs updated their knowledge of the Sentinel Landscape initiative, exchanging information on their projects and activities, which served to improve levels of coordination among participating organizations.
CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), in conjunction with the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA), has coordinated this initiative since 2012, where students from the center have conducted valuable thesis studies that have contributed to improving knowledge and research methodology in the Sentinel Landscape.
The Nicaragua-Honduras Sentinel Landscape is a mosaic of forests, agricultural lands, cattle ranches and agroforestry systems, covering 68,000 km2, including two biosphere reserves and 13 protected areas. This landscape also contains the largest forest area in Central America," said Norvin Sepúlveda, CATIE's representative in Nicaragua.
The initiative develops and implements a standardized matrix that includes a set of indicators and livelihoods to monitor landscape sustainability in a wide variety of cultural, institutional and environmental settings.
Sepulveda also indicated that socioeconomic and biophysical baselines have been developed in conjunction with universities and local organizations.
For his part, José Manuel González, CATIE representative in Honduras, mentioned that it is very important to make these databases available to organizations, to continue with studies and monitoring, as well as to strengthen local and national alliances.
In this sense, Alan Bolt, coordinator of the Collaborative Management Committee for the Peñas Blancas Protected Area and director of the Center for Understanding Nature, stated that CATIE's support, through the initiative, has been very important for the institutionalization of the committee and the thesis studies carried out by students have been relevant for improving the research methodology.
Representative of CATIE in Nicaragua
Priscilla Brenes Angulo
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