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Research on payment for environmental services is strengthened
- A new cooperation agreement between CATIE and NIFoS will be coordinated by Roger Madrigal, director of EfD Central America, and will strengthen the research alliance initiated in 2011 between the two institutions.
July 13, 2021. Based on the mutual interest in promoting research related to payment for environmental services (PES), CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and the National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS) of the Republic of Korea signed a five-year cooperation agreement.
At CATIE, the cooperation agreement will be led by Róger Madrigal, coordinator of the Environment for Development Unit (EfD-CA), who has years of experience working and researching on PES in various countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. NIFoS will be coordinated by Jeon Chulhyun, research scientist in the Global Forestry Division.
One of the objectives of the research project of the agreement is the development of PES models to address forest degradation and deforestation.
"This collaboration will use Costa Rica's vast experience in payment for ecosystem services to support the design and implementation of similar mechanisms in countries facing the gradual deterioration of key forest ecosystems," said Madrigal.
Madrigal also explained that the project, among other aspects, will include the analysis of the status of forest trends, the analysis of the causes of deforestation and the potential of PES to encourage forest use as a mechanism to mitigate the effects of natural disasters.
Bryan Finegan, director of CATIE's Division of Research for Green and Inclusive Development, mentioned that this type of cooperation is relevant because it becomes a figure that allows 100% research to be carried out, facilitates exchange among researchers, favors participation in international events and favors the development of postdoctoral theses.
NiFoS and CATIE signed the first cooperation agreement in 2011, which was coordinated by Finegan and Luis Diego Delgado, both researchers from the Center's Forests and Biodiversity in Productive Landscapes Unit.
As a result of this joint effort, research studies were carried out on the characterization of the biodiversity of the mountain forest and 32 vegetation sampling plots were established. The diversity of plants and fauna such as bats, birds and howler monkeys was also studied.
Delgado explained that these studies were accompanied by analyses of the potential impacts of climate change on the species.
The researcher added that in 2018 studies focused on ecosystem processes, such as, litter decomposition or plant growth, as well as some environmental services such as carbon storage.
It is important to emphasize that as a result of these cooperation agreements, master's theses and technical and scientific articles are published in audited journals such as Ecology and Evolution or Biotropica. In addition, other knowledge products are generated, such as policy syntheses, which are aimed at a non-scientific audience.
In the Republic of Korea, NIFoS aims to create, develop and utilize forest resources, improve the public utility of forest resources and promote research and development of forestry science and technology.
Róger Madrigal B.
Environment for Development Unit (EfD-CA)
Marianela Argüello L.
Oficial de Comunicación y Gestión del Conocimiento
Communication and Knowledge Management Officer (EfD-CA)