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Kenton Miller Latin American Chair for Protected Areas and Biological Corridors

In the Kenton Miller Latin American Chair for Protected Areas and Biological Corridors we continue strengthening and contributing to research, education and capacity building for the management of protected areas and territories in Latin America for the long-term.

Our course of action is the consolidation of national systems of protected areas. We do this by promoting best management practices for these areas and their connectivity, contributing to the development of human resources in organizations engaged in the management of the areas, as well as disseminating knowledge and experience about their management.

The story of this chair

Our Protected Areas program began in 1975 with the support from the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) under the leadership of Dr. Kenton Miller. In 1976, Dr. Gerardo Budowski and Dr. Arne Dalfelt formalized the creation of the Wildlands Unit as part of CATIE’s Department of Forestry Sciences with financial support from the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation.

For 37 years the program has been working on training activities, technical assistance, research and outreach on the management of protected areas in Latin America. And in 2010, a new stage of the program began with the creation of the Kenton Miller Latin American Chair for Protected Areas and Biological Corridors, whose purpose is to provide a unique platform for high-level academic training and excellence and a space for the development of research, technical support and cooperation in Latin America.

Strategic objectives

In this chair we have five objectives that guide our actions.

  • Ensuring the sustainability of the chair over the long term.
  • Generating scientific, ecological and socioeconomic information and the knowledge required so that the management of PAs and their context becomes more efficient, effective and replicable.
  • Establishing strategic partnerships with stakeholders and regional and national beneficiaries as required for the generation of scientific information, capacity building and the implementation of the Protected Areas Work Plan (PTAP).
  • Increasing local, national and regional capacity for the management of PAs and their context.
  • Ensuring adequate dissemination and communication, both internally and externally, of the main scientific and technical outputs of the Chair.