Costa Rica to receive technical assistance on forest monitoring and ecosystems

  • Project implemented by CATIE will support MINAE in the establisment and adoption of technologies related to the forestry sector

March 3, 2017. Transferring relevant technologies, knowledge and experience to support the design of the National Monitoring System for Land and Ecosystem Cover and USE (SIMOCUTE) is one of the main objectives of the technical assistance that CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) will be providing to Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) through the project Mechanisms and networks for technology transfer related to climate chage in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Support to MINAE will be provided through the National Geo-environmental Information Center (CENIGA) and its objectives also include designing a technological platform for the integration, management and analysis of data on forests and other ecosystems, and determining new financing options to ensure the implementation of SIMOCUTE.

“The project hopes to improve the way Costa Rica manages its natural resources and reports on the progress made during the implementation of international policies regarding climate change and the conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity”, said project coordiantor Mario Chacón.

As an example, Cahcón added that SIMOCUTE will provide information for the generation of reports to be presented at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), whereby the country is preparing actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the forestry sector. Toward this end, SIMOCUTE will support data generation.

It should be noted that CATIE’s technical assistance to Costa Rica is connected to the work being done in the country by entities such as the Forest Carbon Parnership Facility (FCPF), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United States Forest Service (USFS).

The project Mechanism and networks for technology transfer related to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean is implemented by CATIE’s Program for Production and Conservation in Forests, coordinated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

More information about the project is available on this web site.

For more information:

Mario Chacón
Coordinator
Project: Mechanisms networks for technology transfer related
to climate changein Latin America and the Caribbean
Program for Production and Conservation in Forests
mchacon@catie.ac.cr

Marianela Argüello L.
Program for Production and Conservation in Forests
CATIE
marguello@catie.ac.cr