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Climate Change

The stability of agriculture, livestock production and natural resources in Latin America is already at risk from climate change, climate variability and the occurrence of extreme events.

This is why we work in several areas at CATIE.


Analyzing current and expected impacts and vulnerabilities of human and natural systems to these impacts.


We focus on the components of REDD+ processes in carbon accounting in forests, agricultural lands and coastal and marine ecosystems, as well as on the social and environmental impacts from the mitigation programs in the land use and biofuel sectors.


Between adaptation and mitigation in agriculture and forestry production systems at the landscape level.

Environmental decision making processes.

In a context of climate change and variability and uncertainty at local, national and global scales.

The conservation and restoration of ecosystem services have a central role in our research and development work, in adaptation as well as mitigation. We focus particularly on territories that are degraded or that have little capacity to invest in the infrastructure needed to compensate for the lack of these services.

Our work is systemic, which means that we analyze the different aspects of the system under study or the space for intervention to determine the threats and opportunities for the system, defining future scenarios for the system in a participatory manner based on the strengths and weaknesses of system and its actors, and proposing actions that will help achieve the desired scenario.

We promote a strategy that will lead to the establishment of Climate-Smart Territories (TCI), based on the need to foster collective action or impact on natural resource management for achieving sustainable human development.

We are part of the CTCN consortium, formed under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to facilitate the transfer of technology related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Visit the Climate Tecnology Centre & Network at http://www.unep.org/climatechange/ctcn/

We also provide services in the work areas mentioned above to governmental and non-governmental organizations, multilateral organizations, businesses, local and indigenous communities and grassroots organizations.

For more information contact Raffaele Vignola, leader of the Climate Change and Watersheds Program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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