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.