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ICF and CATIE signed inter-institutional cooperation agreement
- Both organizations seek to exchange experiences and manage opportunities and financial resources.
May 13 2019. With the purpose of establishing the bases for a technical and scientific cooperation that allows to materialize joint efforts, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and the National Institute of Forest Conservation and Development, Protected Areas and Wildlife (ICF, its Spanish acronym), of Honduras, signed an inter-institutional agreement last May 10, in the headquarters of the Center, in Costa Rica.
Based on the agreement, both institutions will establish mechanisms for the development of activities of mutual interest, such as the exchange of experiences and the management of opportunities and financial resources.
The agreement was signed by Muhammad Ibrahim, Director General of CATIE, and Mario Martinez, Executive Director of ICF.
According to the agreement, the work and cooperation actions to be implemented will be based on the potential and strengths of both organizations in research, training of programs and development or projects related to natural resource management, with emphasis on forestry and agroforestry, with the objective of helping to improve national capacities and face the current challenges of natural resource conservation.
In addition, efforts will be made to strengthen institutional capacities to ensure integrated management of natural resources and the environment, in areas such as environmental livestock, forest management and conservation, drought, recovery of dry tropical secondary forests, tree crop and industrialization and marketing of their products and services.
Finally, it will also seek to promote the scientific and professional training of the human resource of ICF, with systematic approaches through the development of innovative products in education.
The function of the ICF is to administer the public forest resource in order to guarantee its rational and sustainable management; to regulate and control the private natural resource in order to guarantee environmental sustainability; and to promote the development of the sector in all its social, economic, cultural and environmental components within a framework of sustainability.
This cooperation agreement will have a five- year duration, which may be extended by mutual agreement of the parties.
Muhammad Ibrahim, Director General of CATIE, and Mario Martinez,
Karla Salazar Leiva
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