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At CATIE we work on:


Watershed and water resource management
  • Watershed assessment
  • Hydrological balance, hydrological inventory, and hydrological modeling
  • Water quality analysis
  • Analysis of actors in watershed management
  • Identification and determination of water recharge areas
  • Protection of water sources
  • Analysis of the vulnerability of rural aqueduct systems
  • Determination of the baseline for watershed management
  • Zoning and participatory territorial planning and management
  • Preparation of plans, programs and projects for watershed management
  • Design of conservation practices and works for soils and water
  • Evaluation of goods and services derived from watershed management
  • Design of watershed agencies
  • Preparation of risk management plans
  • Preparation of watershed co-management plans
  • Preparation of irrigation and drainage projects
  • Design of strategies for the execution of watershed management plans, programs and projects
  • Conducting studies on land use capacity, current use, divergence in land use, soil erosion and sedimentation
  • Designing monitoring and evaluation systems for watershed management programs, projects and plans
  • Monitoring watershed programs, plans and projects
  • Evaluation of watershed management programs, projects and plans
  • Systematization de experiences en watershed management
  • Preparation of thematic maps using GIS applications for watershed management

Climate change
  • Effects of human activities on climate change and possibilities of mitigation
  • Impacts of climate change on societies and the biosphere and possibilities for adaptation
  • Indirect effects of activities for mitigation or adaptation on development and the environment and compatibility between climate change conventions
  • Development of tools for the implementation of the conventions
  • Effect of national policies on local natural resource management practices and their relationship to climate change
  • National implementation of climate change conventions, design of national policies and international instruments
  • Mitigation of climate change
  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Training about: REDD, MRV, adaptation to climate change, mitigation of climate change, risk in climate change and other related topics
  • Modeling and analysis of climate change scenarios, GIS applications
  • Socioeconomic studies to determine the perception of the population regarding climate change
  • Climate change and its relationship to agriculture, the environment and natural resources

Socioeconomics
  • Economy and environmental policy
  • Forest economics and land use policy
  • Socioeconomic assessments
  • Studies on appraisals of ecosystem services
  • Design of billing and payment systems for environmental services
  • Concepts and tools for best practices in natural resource management and rural development
  • Systematization of experiences in rural development
  • Studies and analysis of gender equity
  • Development of options for the good management of forest and tree resources on cattle farms in the dry tropics
  • Political, legal and institutional framework for the development of Eco-SMEs
  • Markets and marketing of eco-products
  • Promoting the positioning of Eco-SMEs in national and international eco-product markets
  • Building the organizational and business capacities of Eco-SMEs
  • Institutional innovations in inter-enterprise organization
  • Analysis of markets for Services for Enterprise Development (SED), with a focus on the demand for Eco-SME

     

Livestock and environmental management
  • Characterization of silvopastoral systems
  • Assessment of silvopastoral systems
  • Baseline for silvopastoral system programs and projects
  • Management of degraded pastures
  • Design of Silvopastoral Systems (SPS), diversified livestock systems and rural poverty
  • Formulation of silvopastoral projects
  • Rehabilitation of degraded pastures
  • Grassland improvement
  • Evaluation of carbon in silvopastoral systems
  • Local knowledge in livestock systems
  • Conservation of biodiversity in fragmented landscapes dominated by pastures.
  • Transformation of traditional cattle farms to sustainable silvopastoral systems
  • Studies about value chains for the main products of agrosilvopastoral systems
  • Studies of livestock, the environment and climate change
  • Influence on policies in local and national governmental settings for the promotion of eco-friendly ranching
  • Payment for environmental services and competitiveness of cattle ranching
  • Certification of eco-friendly cattle ranching
  • Formulation of tools in decision making for eco-friendly cattle ranching

Forest production and conservation

  • Forest Genetic Resources
  • Management of tropical forests
  • Characterization and planning at the landscape level
  • Protected areas, biological corridors and biodiversity
  • Forest territorial management
  • Forestry policies
  • Forest ecology
  • Forest economics
  • Model forest management
  • Forestry management plans
  • Forestry inventories
  • Forest use
  • Forest fire control and burns
  • Studies of biodiversity
  • Management of forestry plantations
  • Riverine forests
  • Training in forestry and protected area topics
  • Forestry monitoring and evaluation
  • Forestry policy and legislation
  • Forests and climate change

 

Agroforestry and sustainable agriculture
  • Biological pest control
  • Biopesticides
  • Organic agriculture
  • Indoor vegetable production (greenhouses)
  • Eco-physiology and quality of coffee and cacao
  • Methodologies for quantifying, modeling and appraising environmental services in coffee and cacao
  • Integrated pest management
  • Diversification of coffee and cocoa farms (timber and fruit trees)
  • Specialty coffees
  • Evaluation of environmental services and socio-economics of the management of agroforestry systems with coffee and cacao
  • Economic valuation of environmental products and services in AFS
  • Agroforestry systems and climate change
  • Sustainable value chains in agroforestry systems (coffee and cacao)
  • Reduction in pesticide use and promotion of environmentally friendly systems
  • Production and management of entomopathogenic organisms and antagonists to pests, use of plant extracts with insecticidal or repellent capacity and inducers of resistance to diseases
  • Analysis of health and quality of soils in different agroecosystems
  • Development of decision-making criteria for promoting environmental protection, human health and food safety
  • Training using the field school modality

 Agribusiness

  • Promotion of value chains, with an emphasis on forming associations, strategic alliances and logistical networks
  • Facilitation of entrepreneurial organization by small producers, with a livelihoods approach
  • Enterprise assessments for the development of training programs and technical and financial assistance
  • Entrepreneurial planning (strategic and business plans, marketing strategies and financing)
  • Rural enterprise development
  • Value chains applied to the agriculture and forestry sectors
  • Promotion of eco-enterprises for small producers in specialty markets for agricultural and forestry products
  • Identification of buyers, service providers and marketing opportunities for products with special attributes
  • Analysis of accreditation, certification and traceability systems
  • Value chains with a gender approach
  • Preparation of agricultural eco-business and forestry eco-business plans

Plant Genetic resources
  • Selection and validation of resistant, high production, quality genotypes (cacao, coffee, Musaceae)
  • Characterization and promotion of plant species with commercial potential
  • Participatory selection and validation of native fruit trees
  • Support to the definition and standardization of policies in agricultural biotechnology