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Partners and Strategic Alliances

The Chair is supported by a large number of national and international partners with whom it has established strategic alliances to support conservation, maintenance of biodiversity and ecosystem services at the regional level.

PUP Global Heritage Consortium

Conservation Coaches Network - CCNet

The Network is a community of professionals dedicated to conservation, which is achieved when community leaders, scientists, resource administrators, and all parties interested in effective results commit to working collaboratively on finding long-term solutions.

The CCNet mission is to catalyze global conservation effectively by supporting the planning of actions, training, knowledge exchange and innovation. The central objective of CCNet is to be a user-driven network, where everyone speaks a common language for conservation, can learn freely and share through cultures, places, languages, scales, generations, experiences and disciplines in a non-hierarchical way.

The purpose of CCNet in Latin America is to improve conservation throughout Mesoamerica and South America by empowering people to develop, implement, evaluate, adapt and share effective strategies that achieve tangible conservation results through the successful application of Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation. The conservation coaches who support these teams are actively disseminating basic skills, innovations and critical knowledge in real time.


Conservation Coaches Network for Central America and Mexico

The Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet) is a platform for Central America and Mexico led by the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center - CATIE, through the “Kenton Miller” Latin American Chair for Protected Areas and Biological Corridors. CCNet-Central America and Mexico is a knowledge platform based on experiences in the process of training trainers and trainees about Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, as well as the implementation of the Standards using different conservation strategies at local, national or regional levels.

Our main work is to strengthen links between conservation protagonists active in training as well as trainees on the topic of the Standards in conjunction with biodiversity managers, who then become human capital capable of leading conservation actions in each one of our countries. In this regard, we invite you to participate in knowledge and experience exchanges that will no doubt be of great benefit for all members of this network.

Latin American Regional Learning Platform at CATIE

Joint project with the PUP Consortium for Global Heritage

The PUP Consortium brings together people and organizations dedicated to introducing new approaches in the field of heritage planning and management to counter the worldwide crisis of the non-implementation of management plans and to promote more holistic, comprehensive and effective management methods for conserving biological and cultural diversity.

This involves a global non-profit network, organized through several regional learning platforms that are responsible for, among other things, administering local programs, offering courses and conferences, sponsoring publications and conducting research, all in alignment with the PUP Consortium mission. The first platform is located in the Latin American Chair for Protected Areas and Biological Corridors at CATIE, directed by Dr. Bernal Herrera. For more information about the Consortium, please see the website at:

Activities of the Latin American Regional Learning Platform

  • Latin America PUP Think Tank Study Center for Strategic Conservation Alternatives in Latin America. Currently in development, this think tank will be a space where participants dialogue about emerging and unconventional paradigms that take on some of the conservation world’s most difficult challenges. Transcending what conventional conservation might consider taboo, the think tank brings in ideas from other fields. It will then define experiments to be tested in the field, taking advantage of the PUP Consortium’s growing network of professionals. For more information, contact Think Tank Coordinator, Dr. Jeremy Radachowsky.

  • Research. From the birth of PUP in 1998, we have continually emphasized research as the means of understanding deep problems, offering integrated and holistic solutions. Over time we have not only generated new knowledge, but also synthesized much that existed but was not accessible to the sector or was simply unknown. This work is carried out by integrating different disciplines. The RLP at CATIE is currently conducting a study on protected area zoning.

  • Network. Through our internal network and with outside organizations, we direct people to emerging and/or established ideas and community organizations that administer or manage heritage, linking different bodies of knowledge and professions in order to improve conservation.

  • Building learning processes based on experience. We document and classify lessons learned in our field, submitting them to publications and making them available in online databases. This is an upcoming feature.

  • Heritage Interpretation Development Program for Latin America. This program specializes in the development and application of heritage interpretation to protected area conservation and changes in management models. It has extensive experience in interpretive guide training, interpretive planning, visitor center development, and other areas. See brochure in English and Spanish.



PUP Team in the region

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