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New opportunities and partnerships are addressed at forest monitoring workshop

  • The workshop provides a space to identify and prioritize opportunities in forest monitoring and climate change in Latin American countries.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019. From March 19 to the 21, a workshop on national experiences in technologies for forest monitoring and climate change mitigation is being held at the headquarters of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) in Turrialba, Costa Rica, with the aim of sharing experiences, defining challenges and opportunities for cooperation among countries, and exploring possible technical assistance projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Participants in the workshop included technicians from government organizations in countries such as Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Suriname and the Dominican Republic. In addition, the event has international speakers to broaden experiences and enhance joint learning.

"Being part of these activities and having the possibility of exchanging knowledge is very important,  even more  with CATIE experts, since they are at the forefront of technological innovation," said Armando Alanís, of the National Forestry Commission, CONAFOR (for its Spanish acronym) of Mexico.

During the workshop, experiences in technology transfer and forest monitoring generated by CATIE and by some of its partners such as FAO and the World Bank, as well as the institutions of the countries participating in this event, will be shared.  

"At the end of the workshop, at least three concrete concept notes of potential projects or collaborative actions will be created. These notes may reflect challenges and opportunities for cooperation between countries or from a single country," said Mario Chacón, a specialist in CATIE's Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change program.

The event is organized by the project "Mechanisms and networks for technology transfer related to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean", coordinated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), where CATIE leads actions aimed at transferring technologies that improve forest resource monitoring systems.

In turn, the activity is promoted by the project "Development of models of sustainable management of secondary forests and their links with private financing", which is led by CATIE and financed by the German Ministry of Natural Resources under the international climate initiative IKI (for its  German acronym).

"The importance of this workshop is to know the needs of forest monitoring so that CATIE can support countries in their monitoring processes, either with projects or by writing proposals for funds together with the countries," said Jean Pierre Morales, leader of the secondary forest project.  

On the other hand, Mario Chacón stated that as part of the activities of these two projects, it seeks to encourage the creation of networks to identify and prioritize opportunities to adopt technologies related to climate change in the forest sector, as well as promote regional alliances and collaboration between governments and non-governmental and private entities, through events such as this workshop.

 

More information:

Mario Chacón
Project Coordinator
Mechanisms and networks for technology transfer related to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean
Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program
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Jean Pierre Morales

Project Coordinator

Development of models of sustainable management of secondary forests and their links with private financing

Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program

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Written by:

Priscilla Brenes Angulo
Communication Assistant