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4. Consultancies

CLADA also develops consultancies in different topics related to climate change adaptation and natural resources management. The consultancies developed by the CLADA team include as follows:


Consultancies developed

- Contribution to adaptation chapters of the National Communication to the UNFCCC. Nicaragua, Honduras (Financed by the European Union), Costa Rica (Financed by UNDP).  

- Evaluation of the national perceptions, attitudes and support to the Costa Rican population to adaptation and mitigation policies (Financed by the British Embassy – UNDP).

- Economic and Institutional Valuation of adaptation options based on ecosystems for water provision in the Honduran capital (Financed by CIFOR – World Bank). 

- Environmental, political, and economic context evaluation of the World Bank for the development of an inclusive and green program for productive landscapes in Costa Rica.


3. Graduate Theses

In this space you will find the titles of thesis, as a result of different research processes developed by professionals involved with CLADA, to obtain a Ph.D. or master’s degree.


Doctorate degrees

Christopher Kuzdas. Mitigating Water Conflicts in Communities Vulnerable to Climate Change – Case Study in the Hoja Ancha Cantón, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. Sustainability Institute, Arizona State university, US, 2010.

Thomas Douthat. Local Institutional Networks & Global Coffee: How Intermediaries Foster Resilience through Collective Efficiency in Coffee Clusters School of Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology, US.2012.


Masters degrees

Hector Guerra. (2014) Identification of barriers and opportunities to mainstream climate change adaptation in the Coffee sector of Costa Rica. MSc thesis, CATIE.

Baltodano Fuentes, A. (2012). Resources for water management strategies in regions vulnerable to climate change: scenarios and perceptions of water use in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Magister Scientiae, CATIE.

Morales Solís Rosas, I. M. (2012). An Evaluation of the socioecological resilience in Guanacaste, Costa Rica cases: Nicoya, Hojancha, and Nandayure. Magister Scientiae, CATIE.

Saini, M., & CATIE, Turrialba (Costa Rica). (2009). Characterization of adaptive capacity in Nicaragua: political context for the inclusion of ecosystem services in the adaptation of the hydroelectric sector. Magister Scientiae, CATIE.

Weiss, S. (2012). Food security and climate change in Guatemala: a governance analysis of responses to extreme climate related famine throughout the scales. Magister Scientiae, UN-PEACE UNIVERSITY, COSTA RICA.

Martínez Cano, A. R., & CATIE, Turrialba (Costa Rica). (2011). Factors that influence agricultural and livestock producers’ decisions in the adoption of soil and water conservation practices and their relationship with poverty in the micro-watersheds of Guior, Guatemala and Ocote Tuma, Nicaragua. Magister Scientiae, CATIE.

Milla Quesada, V. M. (2011). REDD+ and Indigenous Territories in Costa Rica: opportunities for community development from the forest resource management perspective. Magister Scientiae, CATIE.

Bachmann, N. (2009). Payment of the hydropower sector of Costa Rica for Ecosystem Services: Implementation of the project database. Magister Scientiae, ETH-Zurich.

Sander Otto. (2008) Direct benefits of different options of payments for hydrological services to protect soil and water in the Reventazón river basin, Costa Rica. MSc thesis. CATIE - Wageningen University. 

Lianes Revilla, E. (2008). Study of the vegetation “factor C” of the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) in the Río Birrís watershed (Costa Rica). Magister Scientiae, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

1. Research Projects

Through our research we aim to strengthen the capacities of the different territorial platforms in the search of collective solutions to environmental degradation problems.


Climate Change Adaptation

- “Implementing what’s been learned: Strengthening capacities Nicoya Peninsula’s peoples to face the impacts of climate change on water resources” (2015-2018) Project:



This project consists in directing specific actions to reduce the vulnerability of three districts of Costa Rica’s dry Pacific region. This is done through capacity building and strengthening of local stakeholders to carry out actions in the productive and familiar spheres so they are enabled to use their water in the most efficient way, to reduce conflicts concerning its use, and prevent future conflicts due to water shortages. Financed by the Adaptation Fund.


- “Climate Change Adaptation Based on Ecosystem Management for Small Subsistence Agriculture Producers and Coffee Producers in Central America” CASCADA (2012-2017) Project:



Project: CLADA’s staff is involved in this project that explores already existing adaptation strategies of Guatemalan, Honduran, and Costa Rican producers in order to conduct an analysis and recommend adjustments for a more effective and efficient application. This project is financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in the context of the International Climate Initiative (ICI). http://www.conservation.org/projects/Pages/Ecosystem-based-Adaptation-for-smallholder-farmers-in-Central-America-CASCADE.aspx


- “Increasing Adaptation and Resilience to Drought in Socio-ecological Systems of the Arid Tropics: The case of Guanacaste” Futuragua, (2013-2016) Project:



The development of methods to carry out multi-sector climate predictions, and the strengthening of local stakeholders’ capacities in order to plan adaptation measures in response to water shortage stress. Financed by the G8 Belmont Forum Global call on Freshwater Security. http://futuragua.ca/ubc/


- “Ecosystem based strategies and innovations in water governance networks for climate change adaptation in Latin-American landscapes”. EcoAdapt (2012-2015) Project:



Capacity building in three territories of Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile on the platforms of existing multiple actors, mainly for ecosystem based adaptation for climate change scenarios with water shortage stress, preventing conflicts involving natural resources and contributing to local development. Financed by EU-Fp7. http://www.ecoadapt.eu/


- “Cacao as an articulating element of community strategies of holistic risk management of extreme hydro-meteorological events and climate change adaptation: an analysis of the risks and opportunities for indigenous women dedicated to cacao cultivation in the middle region of Talamanca” Project:



The Chair has participated since June 2014 as a strategic partner of Costa Rica’s National University’s (UNA) School of Agrarian Sciences in the execution of this project. The project also forms part of the PRIDA Program, “Incorporation of Holistic Risk and Disaster Management and Climate Change Adaptation in member universities of the Central America Higher Education Council (CSUCA)”, which is driven by this latter entity. The project aims to create research, teaching, and extension capacities in the universities of the Central American region under the topic of Climate Change Adaptation. Financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (COSUDE).


- Research for Impact Project: “Support to the process of sustainable use of the land and its relationship with water resources in the dry tropics strategy definition, Guanacaste, Costa Rica (2008-2010).



We worked in land use management based on water resources as a strategy for solving conflicts and increasing society’s adaptive capacity in that region. The objective was to define strategies to promote the holistic management of water resources, whilst considering the region’s particularities as far as water use and climate projections. Financed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


- “Research for Impact: Contribution to the payment for hydrological services policy for the hydroelectric sector of Costa Rica, Río Birris Watershed” (2008-2009) Project:



This project was aimed towards increasing the capacities of the Reventazón River producers to implement water and soil conservation actions. For this purpose, we designed and tested a water PES mechanism that was both effective in sediment control and efficient in distributing economic resources. Financed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


- “Tropical Forests and Climate Change Adaptation”. TroFFCA (2005-2009) Project:



This project studied the impacts of climate change and extreme events in forests with the purpose of understanding and strengthening tropical forests’ capacity to respond to the adverse effects of climate change. During the development of the project we analyzed impacts, adaptation costs, and indicators and criteria for forest and other natural resource management for increasing their resilience. Its center of study was the hydrological services of these ecosystems with local, regional, and national analyses. Our main partner was CIFOR. Financed by the European Union.





Climate Change Mitigation

- “Strengthening human capacity in indigenous territories to participate and formulate REDD” (2011-2013) Project:



In Costa Rica and Panamá we built capacities of indigenous territories to participate in the national and international debates concerning REDD+ through a process of valuing their cultural identity and empowerment throughout the training. Financed by ClimateWorks Foundation.


- “REDD-Net: Building the global South’s civil society capacities to defend the pro-poor dimension of avoided deforestation. REDD-NET” 2009-2012)



- The REDD-Net (a collaboration between ODI-UK, RECOFT-Thailand, CATIE-COSTA RICA, and UCSD-Uganda) Project



contributed to building REDD+ capacities through the exchange of experiences between members of a network of pilot activity implementers and tool developers that help for policies and strategies for REDD+ at a national and global level. Financed by NORAD. http://www.redd-net.org/



2. Professional training

One of the Chair’s pillars is the training of professionals in the use of methods and theories that help Latin-American countries be more resilient.

Uno de los pilares de la Cátedra es el entrenamiento de profesionales a través del en el uso de teorías y métodos que ayuden a los paisajes de Latinoamérica a ser más resilientes.


Graduate courses

The course “Environmental Decisions for Global Change” which will be given at CATIE’s graduate school will be carried out through 12 sessions; in these, students will make use of solid scientific knowledge – trans-disciplinary, integration of quantitative and qualitative knowledge, and transition processes between science and society – as well as practical tools to understand the complexities of the real world, and be able to offer viable solutions. The course will also focus on the use of scientific methods in the field of decision science – including cognitive and social psychology, sociology, and trans-disciplinary methods, such as scenario planning, negotiation analysis, participative modelling, etc. – applied to concrete environmental problems which require solving through use of a multidisciplinary focus.


International courses

  • II International course: Theory, tools, and processes for planning and implementation of mitigation and adaptation to climate change: leadership, decision making, and governance for the mobilization of knowledge to action.
    From October 23rd to November 4th, 2016. CATIE, Turrialba, Costa Rica.

This course builds upon the knowledge generated by different fields in the science of decisions and leadership, as well as over ten years of teaching, research, and action in topics involving climate change mitigation and adaptation, watershed management, and productive chain analysis from a territorial perspective.

The course combines the theory – broadening the concepts of decisions theory and leadership of processes in the interface of science and society – with practice, for understanding individual and collective leadership, as well as guided visits to case studies in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The information provided and the experiences developed throughout the course will help participants answer the following questions:

  1. What kind of leadership is necessary for the complex challenges of global change?

  2. What diagnostic and accompanying planning process tools can help in reading the problem and designing its solutions?

The course’s methodology is based on a participative, critical, and constructive focus, combining theoretical classes on planning process leadership on topics of global change, the use of didactic and innovative tools, an experience-based perspective through visits to case studies of climate change mitigation and adaptation in different productive and environmental conditions, and collective learning through the experience of the participants.



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