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USAID Regional Climate Change Program

A regional initiative created in 2012 that seeks to propose solutions and actions that permit rural territories to face the effects of climate change.

The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented by six organizations: CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), Terra Global Capital LLC. (Terra Global) and Development Alternatives, Inc., Latin America and the Caribbean (DAI LAC).

It works to reduce the vulnerability of human populations to climate change in Central America and the Dominican Republic and integrate into development decisions geospatial technologies for earth observation and monitoring.

It also aims to reduce emissions, establishing and applying incentives to reduce deforestation, degradation of forests and other land uses that cause emissions and to support implementation of REDD+ mechanisms.

To achieve these impacts, the PRCC will focus on sustainable landscapes and adaptation, carrying out actions in places such as the Darien in Panama, La Mosquitia in Honduras, the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN) in Nicaragua and the Selva Maya area in Guatemala, Belize and Mexico.

USAID’s PRCC has a duration of five years and its headquarters is in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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Integrative programs

CATIE is able to contribute solutions to the challenges facing the region and the world that are complex because of their high degree of interrelationships (for example, sustainable agriculture and forestry, food and nutritional security, ecosystem degradation and goods and services that the offer us, and poverty within the current and future climate change scenario). These challenges and their solutions require the integration of diverse disciplines, sectors, spatial scales and actors at all levels.

As a result, we identified the need to develop systemic approaches offering practical and effective integrated solutions to the challenges and to develop alliances with our multiple partners. This essential characteristic is summarized in the following figure that represents the most recent ways in which these approaches become the basis of CATIE’s work.

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In practice these approaches are reflected in the integrated work of the institution. Join us to learn about two concrete examples of how CATIE is putting this to work.