Projects in development

  • EcoAdapt. Funding: European Commission

The EcoAdapt Climate Change Adaptation project started in 2012 and will continue for a four-year period. This new initiative, funded by the European Commission, promotes integrated efforts between science and the civil society to benefit ecosystems and their inhabitants in three Latin American landscapes.

The EcoAdapt project seeks to demonstrate that, in contrast to how scientific investigations are generally conducted, the collaborative work of scientists and NGOs enables design strategies with sound social and technical bases for adaptation to climate change in Latin America. The NGOs contribute knowledge gained from their work with the natural environment, the populations and their reality, while the researchers contribute knowledge from their work in the social sciences and biophysics. The combination of different types of information and the generation of new knowledge are the real challenges EcoAdapt is trying to address.

EcoAdapt seeks to generate information and knowledge for developing strategies for adaptation to climate change with good participation and acceptance by the populations of the Jujuy Model Forests in Argentina, Chiquitano in Bolivia and Alto Malleco in Chile.

If you would like more information about this project, please contact Raffaele Vignola, at email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

  • Strengthening the Human Capacity of Indigenous Territories to Participate in and Formulate REDD+ Initiatives. Funding: CLIMATEWORKS Foundation

This is a training program in the indigenous territories of Central America, with cultural mediators seeking a better understanding of the REDD+ processes while keeping the indigenous worldview in mind. It is being carried out in indigenous territories in Costa Rica and Panama.

If you would like more information about this project, please contact Elena Florian, at email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

  • Blue Carbon. In coordination with the International Blue Carbon Initiative of CI, IUCN and IOC/UNESCO

Research has demonstrated that tropical mangroves are important not only for their terrestrial and aquatic biological diversity or their local economic importance, but also because they store up to five times more carbon than terrestrial forests.

The continuing loss of area and degradation of mangroves and other coastal wetlands negatively affects the climate due to the vast amounts of greenhouse gases that they release to the atmosphere through those processes.

Through several research projects and in collaboration with other organizations, CATIE is contributing to a greater awareness of the dynamics of carbon in these ecosystems.

If you would like more information about this project, please contact Miguel Cifuentes, at email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

  • Cascade. Funding: CI-IKI

Small and medium producers of crops such as basic grains and coffee in Central America are affected by climate change and variability. This project explores the existing adaptation strategies among these producers in Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica, analyzing them and recommending adjustments for their improved and efficient application.

If you would like more information about this project, please contact Francisco Alpizar, at email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

  • AC3. Funding: IRDC

Potable water users are affected by climate change and variability. This project investigates strategies, and particularly governance mechanisms, for dealing with the impacts of climate change on potable water availability in quantity and quality.

If you would like more information about this project, please contact Roger Madrigal, at email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Pablo Imbach at email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

  • Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Forestry Ecosystems in Ibero-American Mountain Ranges and Adaptation Management Tools.       Funding: CLIMIFORAD, IDB

This project aims to generate knowledge and tools for the sustainable management of mountain forests in Ibero-America and will build institutional networks to promote the use and continuous improvement of the tools developed. It determines the impacts of climate change on mountain forests in Ibero-America at landscape and management unit scales through the monitoring of indicators in permanent measurement plots. It will determine the vulnerability of the forest ecosystems in the landscapes studied and will develop tools for forest management under different climate change scenarios.

If you would like more information about this project, please contact Bryan Finegan, at email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Pablo Imbach at email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

  • MAP2N, climate-smart territories component. Funding: Government of Norway

Field implementation is emphasized within the Climate-Smart Territories (CST) concept of the MAP2N project. CSTs require the application of climate-smart practices (agriculture, forests, livestock production, etc.), good governance and a knowledge management system to enable informed decision-making on the use of natural resources to benefit persons affected by climate change now and in the future.

At CATIE we work on the systematization, development and validation of these best practices and the development of tools and methodologies to support the decision-making processes.

If you would like more information about this project, please contact Claudia Bouroncle at email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

  • Adapting to Climate Change and Variability in Cattle Ranching: Capacity Building in Honduras and Nicaragua. Funding: USAID through the Climate Change Resilient Development Project, implemented by IRG

This project concentrates on the systematization of existing knowledge and experiences among livestock producers in terms of innovations for adaptation to climate change and variability. It proposes the use of shared exchange and information analysis to strengthen the adaptive capacities of these and other livestock producers in Nicaragua and Honduras.

The project activates are framed within the Mesoamerican Agro-environmental Program (MAP) in the key Trifinio and central Nicaragua territories.

If you would like more information about this project, please contact Cristobal Villanueva at email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

  • Vulnerability Analysis and Identification of Adaptation Options for Addressing Climate Change in the Agricultural Sector and Water Resources in Mesoamerica. Funding: UNEP – ROLAC / REGATTA and CCAFS

The objectives of this project, which includes two studies, are to conduct vulnerability analyses in the agricultural sector and for water resources in Mesoamerica at regional, national and local scales, and to identify adaptation measures, emphasizing those based on ecosystems with participation of relevant stakeholders.

These studies are developed in collaboration with International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) for the Support of Research, Development and Innovation (FUNDACIAT).

 

  • Innovative Applications of Innovation Technology and Communication Directed at the Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources. Funding: IRDC

CATIE is the regional representative of this project financed by the IRDC of the University of Nairobi. The project consists of strengthening regional capacity to investigate the impacts of climate change on water resources, using innovative methods and information and communication technology tools for the research, validation and dissemination of the results.

Activities include partnering with master and doctoral students with scholarships for the Climate Change and Watersheds Program, and the implementation of training courses on the topic.

If you would like more information about this project, please contact Laura Benegas at email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.