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CATIE supports the search for solutions to make Central America more resilient

  • Lenin Corrales, researcher at the institution, participated as a panelist in a regional forum that dealt with this topic.

February 13 2018. Under the mandate of identifying cost-effective regional solutions to advance the resilience and disaster risk management agenda in Central America, the Regional Forum Towards a Resilient Central America was held on February 6 and 7, in Panama, at which CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) was present through its Ecosystem Modeling Unit.

Lenin Corrales, leader of this unit, was one of the panelists of the forum, along with other recognized experts such as Christian Peter, program leader in the office of the Director for Central America of the World Bank; Jorge Cabrera, advisor to the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA); and Carlos Picado, head of Strategic Development of the National Risk Management System (SNGR) of the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Care.

As a central theme of the panel, the experts discussed the link between disaster risk management and climate change adaptation to make Central America more resilient in the long term.  

During his interventions, Corrales contextualized the importance of ecosystem management for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the region. Also, on a future climate change plan, Corrales discussed the importance of paying attention to the management of urban ecosystems and their linkage to human health, mainly in urban centers.

The panel facilitated the exchange of ideas from different perspectives and disciplines, seeking to identify new challenges and opportunities to strengthen the regional disaster risk management agenda in Central America.  

The forum was organized by the World Bank in coordination with SICA, the Executive Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of Finance of Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic (SE-COSEFIN, its Spanis acronym), the Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC, its Spanish acronym), the Regional Committee on Water Resources (CRRH, its Spanish acronym) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Regional Office - The Americas and the Caribbean (UNISDR- The Americas and the Caribbean). It was also supported by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).


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Lenin Corrales
Ecosystem Modeling Unit
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Karla Salazar Leiva
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