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Central American organizations will manage regional information system and climate tools

  • The tools of the Climate Information System -Centro Clima-, generated by USAID's Regional Climate Change Program, will now be administered by organizations in the region to ensure their continuity and development.

March 20,  2019. From March 19, different organizations in Central America will be in charge of the technical and administrative management of the Regional Climate Information System - known as Centro Clima - and of the sectoral climate tools for coffee, fishing and hydro energy, which were developed since 2013 by the Regional Climate Change Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), in order to help the region adapt to climate change.  

The transfer of the system took place in San José, Costa Rica. Centro Clima was handed over to the Regional Water Resources Committee (CRRH, its Spanish acronym) and the Meteorological Services, who will now be responsible for its technical and administrative management. This system meets the needs of users in various sectors in Central America and the Dominican Republic who require complete and accurate climate information.

Also, the tools and Apps of the system for the coffee, fishing and hydropower sectors were officially delivered. The coffee tool (Coffee Cloud) was delivered to the coffee institutes of Guatemala (ANACAFE) and Costa Rica (ICAFE), as well as to the coffee organizations UNEX of El Salvador and CAPUCAS of Honduras.

In the case of the fishing tool (Climate Fishing), it was delivered to the. Organization of the Fishing and Aquaculture Sector of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA), as well as fishing institutes in the region.  While Hidro Clima was given to the Salvadoran Association of Renewable Energies (ASER, its Spanish acronym).

In this way, relevant and precise information on the climate is made available to the productive sectors of the region with reference to their sector and useful for their daily work.

"Thanks to the results of Centro Clima, today we know closely an application for coffee producers (Coffee Cloud) that easily calculates the damage of plantations due to diseases, provides information on the severity of these diseases and highlights relevant information on coffee from the countries of the region. To date, 35% savings in operating costs have been achieved for coffee growers in Guatemala," said Joshua Mike, USAID representative.

For his part, Muhammad Ibrahim, director general of CATIE, said that delivering these tools to institutions in the region will not only ensure their continuity, but will also allow them to be updated and continue to scale and be available to users, for whom they were created. 

In addition, Deisy Lopez, director of USAID's Regional Climate Change Program, stated that the tools and system have significantly contributed to the productive activities of fishing, coffee and hydro energy, increasing the resilience of human beings and the environment to the impacts of climate change, as they are valuable tools for both decision makers and end users.

The transfer was attended by Vinicio Cerezo, Secretary General of the Central American Integration System (SICA, its Spanish acronym), Secretaries of the SICA Secretariats, Directors of the Meteorological Services of the region, representatives of coffee and fishing institutes in the region, as well as specialists from international organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), among others.

USAID's Regional Climate Change Program was implemented by CATIE and other partners such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), Terra Global, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Anywhere in the World (CARE).

 

More information:

Deisy López
USAID Regional Climate Change Program Director
CATIE
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Karla Salazar Leiva
Communicator
Information Technology and Communication
CATIE
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