The most visited
Publications

Bouroncle, C. and Finegan, B. 2011. Tree regeneration and understory woody plants show diverse responses to forest-pasture edges in northeastern Costa Rica. Biotropica 43, 562-571.

Chain-Guadarrama, A., Finegan, B., Vilchez, S. and Casanoves, F. 2012. Determinants of rain-forest floristic variation on an altitudinal gradient in southern Costa Rica. Journal of Tropical Ecology 28:463-481.

Chazdon, R.L., B. Finegan, R. S. Capers, B. Salgado-Negret, F. Casanoves, V. Boukili and N. Norden. 2010. Composition and Dynamics of Functional Groups of Trees During Tropical Forest Succession in Northeastern Costa Rica. Biotropica 42: 31-40.

Finegan, B. (1996). Pattern and process in neotropical secondary rain forests: the first hundred years of succession. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 11, 119-124.

Finegan, B. and Delgado, D. 2000. Structural and floristic heterogeneity in a Costa Rican rain forest restored on pasture through natural secondary succession. Restoration Ecology 8, 380-393.

Finegan, B., Céspedes Agûero, M., Sesnie, S.E., Herrera, B.,Induni, G., Sáenz, J., Ugalde, J. and Wong, G. 2008. El monitoreo ecológico como herramienta de manejo para la conservación; bases conceptuales y estructura del Programa de Monitoreo Ecológico en Áreas Protegidas y Corredores Biológicos de Costa Rica. Recursos Naturales y Ambiente (CATIE). (Ago 2008). no. 54 p. 66-73.

Canet-Desanti, L; Finegan, B; Herrera, B. 2011. Metodología para la evaluación de la efectividad del manejo de corredores biológicos. Serie Técnica. Boletín Técnico no. 386. Gestión Integrada de Recursos Naturales a Escala de Paisaje no. 6. 32 p.

Finegan, B., Hayes, J.P., Gretzinger, S y Delgado, D. 2004. Monitoreo Ecológico del manejo forestal en el trópico húmedo: Una guía para operadores forestales y certificadores, con énfasis en Bosques de Alto Valor para la Conservación. Fondo Mundial para la Naturaleza, San José, Costa Rica.

Ordoñez, Y; Delgado, D; Finegan, B. 2006. Monitoreo ecológico en bosques húmedos tropicales certificados en la RAAN, Nicaragua. Evaluación del impacto ecológico del manejo forestal. Recursos Naturales y Ambiente no. 46-47: 66-78.

Pérez Flores, MA; Finegan, B; Delgado, D; Louman, B. 2001. Composición y diversidad de los bosques de la Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte de Nicaragua: una base para el manejo sostenible. Revista Forestal Centroamericana 34:66-72.

Five lines of action

There are five areas or lines of action from which we perform our work. These are: systematic planning, monitoring of the status of biodiversity, biological corridors, strengthening and increasing capacities, and strengthening capacities for the management of change. Here are the details of each one of our lines of action.

Systematic planning for effective protected area management

For this line of work we operate under the following actions:

  • Increasing capacity for adaptive management of protected areas in Costa Rica: development of tools for ecological monitoring and the management and impacts of climate change on biodiversity (2012-2013) See more
  • Updating official guide for the preparation of management plans in Costa Rica (BIOMARCC, 2012) See more
  • Development of a methodology for protected area planning based on conservation targets (2011-2012) See more
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of conservation strategies for private lands conservation in Latin America (2012) See more
  • Capacity building for the National System of Conservation Areas for monitoring protected areas in Costa Rica (2011-2012) See more
  • Participatory design of management plans in three protected areas of Costa Rica (2007-2009) See more

Monitoring the status of biodiversity in protected areas and their management effectiveness

For this line of work operate under the following actions:

  • Implementation Plan for the Ecological Monitoring Program for the coastal and marine protected areas of Costa Rica (2011-2012) See more
  • Design of a monitoring strategy for the protected areas and biological corridors of SINAC (2007-2008) See more
  • Documentation of the experience from the first phase of the Ecological and Terrestrial Monitoring Program for the Protected Areas and Biological Corridors of Costa Rica (2012-2013 PROMEC-CR.) See more
  • Development of indicators for monitoring ecological integrity in protected areas of the National System of Conservation Areas of Costa Rica (2011) See more
  • Analysis of experiences on the implementation of management plans for protected areas in Costa Rica (2006) See more
  • Possible changes in the distribution of tree flora species in the Northern and Southern Pacific of Costa Rica in response to the effects of climate change. (BIOMARCC. 2012-2013) See more
  • Criteria and indicators to improve forest monitoring capacity and promote sustainable forest management (CATIE, CONAF-Chile, U.S. Forest Service, (2011) See more

Biological corridors as a biodiversity management tool

For this line of work operate under the following actions:

  • Design of a master plan to mitigate the potential effects of the Reventazón Hydroelectric Project on the connectivity and functionality of the Barbilla Biological Sub-corridor (2013) See more
  • Design of the Quetzal Tres Colinas Biological Corridor technical profile (2013) See more
  • Development of technical guidelines for the development of the strategic vision of the Honduran Caribbean Biological Corridor (2011) See more
  • Capacity building for the management of the biological corridors of Honduras and their integration into the National Protected Areas System (2011) See more
  • Design of the network for connectivity and strategic planning of biological corridors in the Trifinio region (2010-2011) See more
  • Validation and dissemination of tools for the design, management and monitoring of biological corridors in Costa Rica, and contributions to the demonstration of functional connectivity using birds as an indicator group (2010) See more
  • Strengthening of connectivity in the southern zone of Costa Rica: establishment of the Amistosa Biological Corridor (2010) See more
  • National Assessment of the effectiveness of the management of biological corridors of Costa Rica (2009) See more
  • Inputs for Research and Management of Biological Corridors: generating knowledge for decision-making (2009) See more
  • Design of the network for connectivity and strategic planning of the Honduran Caribbean Biological Corridor (2011) See more
  • Design of the network for connectivity and strategic planning of the La Unión Biological Corridor, Honduras (2011) See more
  • Strengthening of the system of protected areas through the management and administration of biological corridors in Honduras (2009) See more
  • Development of network for connectivity for the Tenorio Miravalles Biological Corridor (2009) See more
  • Technical support for the redefinition of the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor management model (2009) See more
  • Partnering to strengthen the Peninsular Biological Corridor (2009) See more
  • Development of the network for connectivity for Tenorio Miravalles Biological Corridor (2009) See more
  • Technical support for the redefinition of the boundaries of the Central Volcanic-Talamanca Biological Corridor (2008) See more
  • Technical support for the redefinition of the boundaries of five biological corridors in the Arenal Tempisque Conservation Area (2008) See more
  • Construction of the National System of Biological Corridors in Costa Rica (2008) See more

Strengthening and building capacities for effective biodiversity management

For this line of work operate under the following actions:

  • Identification of endangered ecosystems in Central America and their relationship to biodiversity conservation strategies at the national level, case of Costa Rica (2012-2014) See more
  • Technical consolidation of PROMEC-CR: technical support for the process and development of indicators to assess impacts on biodiversity from climate change (2012-2013) See more
  • Technical partnering in the implementation of the Ecological and Terrestrial Monitoring Program for Protected Areas and Biological Corridors of Costa Rica (PROMEC-CR. 2011-2014) See more
  • Support to the countries of Mesoamerica in preparation of expressions of interest to Life-Web-CBD for long-term funding of the Work Plan for Protected Areas (2013) See more
  • Support to the development of the Strategic Plan for the National Biological Corridor Program (2009-2014) See more

 

Strengthening capacities for climate change management in protected areas and biological corridors

For this line of work operate under the following actions:

  • Development and implementation of an induction system about climate change for stakeholders on the process of biodiversity adaptation to climate change in Costa Rica (2012-2013) See more
  • Documentation of experiences in processes of adaptation to climate change that favor the connectivity of biological corridors in Costa Rica (2012-2013) See more
  • Mapping of opportunities for climate change mitigation, Honduras (2012) See more
  • Evaluation of investment and funding flows to address climate change, Honduras (2010-2011) See more

 

Our staff

This is our work team. Here you will find who we are and how to contact us.

Bernal Herrera

Costa Rican forest engineer graduate of the National University of Heredia, Costa Rica. He obtained his master's degree in Silvicultural Management of Tropical Forests at CATIE. He has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Regional Vice-president for Mesoamerica on the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management. He is co-director of the Kenton Miller Latin American Chair for Protected Areas and Biological Corridors. For over 15 years he has made a strong commitment to the preservation of nature through research, education and their integration into decision making.

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Lindsay Canet Desanti

Costa Rican biologist and graduate of the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, with a Masters in Management and Conservation of Tropical Forests and Biodiversity from CATIE. She is on the faculty of CATIE’s Graduate School. Canet simultaneously serves as coordinator of the Thematic Interest Group on Biological Corridors for the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation and as liaison for the IUCN International Connectivity Conservation Network for Mesoamerica. With over 10 years of experience, she currently serves as a specialist in Protected Areas and Biological Corridors at CATIE.

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Yuri Martínez

Colombian Agroforestry Engineer and Social Management specialist from the University of Nariño. She obtained a master's degree in Management and Conservation of Tropical Forests and Biodiversity with a specialization in Development Practice at CATIE.

She is part of the team for the Kenton Miller Latin American Chair for Protected Areas and Biological Corridors. She has served as a consultant in local government positions and in the private sector, and she has expertise in research and university teaching at recognized schools in southwestern Colombia.

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Ximena Palomeque

Biologist from the University of Azuay, Ecuador, obtained her doctorate in Silviculture at Technische Universität München, Germany. As a CIM expert for the German government, she collaborates for the agreement between the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja and CATIE in the Protected Areas and Biological Corridors Unit.

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Projects we have executed

Over the years we have developed several projects. Here are the details of these efforts that have led us to work with cooperation and funding from entities such as the European Union, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and the Ministry of the Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, among others.

SeedSource: The development of Best Practices for Obtaining Seeds for Planting and Natural Regeneration in the Neotropics. Joint project with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh (lead institution), and the multinational group.

In this project Bryan Finegan was a member of a team that tested hypotheses about the consequences for forest restoration of human impacts on genetic diversity from the natural regeneration of tree species belonging to different functional groups. Funding came from the European Union-STREP for 1.7 million euros. Brazil, French Guiana, Ecuador and Costa Rica.

Integrating Education into Sustainable Production and the Conservation of Biodiversity in Tropical and Temperate Regions. Developed by the University of Idaho, CATIE and the Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship of the National Science Foundation (IGERT).

Bryan Finegan was a member of the project steering committee and an investigator. Eighteen interdisciplinary research projects were managed at the doctoral level. Costa Rica and Idaho.

Biodiversity and Conservation Values for Agricultural Landscapes of Mesoamerica.

Bryan Finegan was involved in the synthesis and meta-analysis project led by Robin Chazdon and Daniel Griffith, funded by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), USA.

Designing a Monitoring Strategy for Protected Areas and Biological Corridors of the National System of Conservation Areas of Costa Rica.

Seven months for leading and facilitating the development of a proposal for the ecological monitoring program for the conservation of this internationally renowned network. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy (Costa Rica) to work for a national commission chaired by the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica. Completed in early 2007, monitoring is now being implemented.

Building Capacities in Nicaragua and Costa Rica for the Conservation of Biodiversity. Developed by the University of Wales, Bangor, CATIE, INBio and other NGOs.

Research and training to support transboundary biodiversity conservation in a fragmented landscape, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Funds from the UK Darwin Initiative administered by the University of Wales. Completed in 2006.

Strengthening Regional Capacity in Natural Resource Management through Documentation, Analysis and Knowledge Exchange.

The project lasted two years. The ecological monitoring component had three main objectives: training members of the community and forestry professionals in Nicaragua and Honduras on aspects of ecological monitoring to support forest certification, developing and implementing pilot programs for monitoring and publishing a guide for the ecological monitoring of forest management adapted to the conditions of the coastal Atlantic forest in the countries mentioned. Completed in 2006.

Sustainable Management of Genetic Resources of Neotropical Tree (GENEO-TROPECO). Joint project with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, and a multinational group.

Members of the main research team for two of the six components of the project. $30,000 from the European Union administered during the first two years. Brazil, French Guiana and Costa Rica. Completed in 2005.

Using the Mesoamerican Community Forest Management Experience in Forests of High Conservation Value to Facilitate Forest Certification in Tropical Forests.

Joint project with the World Wildlife Fund and the Department of Forestry, Oregon State University. $25,000 from the World Bank and other sources administered during execution (12 month period).

Information and Human Resources for the Sustainable Management of Natural Forests in Mesoamerica: A Networking StrategyI

mplemented with $30,000 from the CATIE Research Fund and FINIDA, administered during the 18 month project period.

Applied ecological research and ecological monitoring

This sub-area of the Forest line of work refers to the long-term research in forests and territories that we do at CATIE.

The goal of these studies is to generate reliable and relevant scientific knowledge on human impacts to ecosystem services to support their management and improve the welfare of rural communities. The aspects we work on in this sub-area are:

  • Forestry production systems in both planted and natural forests and agroforestry systems
  • Structure and function of forests in altitudinal gradients and adaptation to possible climate change effects on ecological processes and ecosystem services
  • Restoration of ecosystem services through secondary forests and plantation conversion
  • The impact of management operations on biodiversity in managed natural forests
  • Maintenance of biodiversity in fragmented ecosystems
  • Functionality and viability of biological corridors
  • Support to permanent regional platforms for data management and distribution