Declaration of the participants about the Seminar
All participants drafted a Seminar Declararion that contains the lessons-learnt from both sessions, i.e., Costa Rica 2016 and Chile 2017.
Dirigir los esfuerzos de transferencia e intercambio de conocimientos de los diferentes actores a nivel de local para que los tomadores de decisión puedan contribuir directamente en la gestión de servicios ecosistémicos de sus territorios
To download the file (in Spanish), click here.
Summary of the May 10 presentation at ECLAC (with audio, video, presentations and photos).
Holm Tiessen– Biodiversity and ecosystem services: Balances and controversiesDownload PDF here
Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa – The science and policy of ecosystem service management Download PDF here
Mário Marcos do Espirito Santo – Conservation strategies and land use policies in Brazilian dry forests Download PDF here
Lilian Duery – The communication of scientific information Download PDF here
Oscar Melo – Identification and valuation of ecosystem services the state of the economic valuation of ecosystem services Download PDF here
Jaime Rovira – MMA Initiatives in the theme Retribution for ecosystem services, legislative and management type Download PDF here
Shari Clare – Ecosystem services in wetlands and experiences in terms of legislation and monitoring in Alberta, Canada Download PDF here
Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa – Studying dry forests: The Tropi-Dry experience Download PDF here
Holm Tiessen – What have we learned about biodiversity, ecosystem services and landscapes?Download PDF here
Mauricio Vega-Araya – Fire risk model for informed decisions to prevent forest fires in dry forest in Costa RicaDownload PDF here
Rodrigo Arriagada – Ecosystem services and welfare in rural communities Download PDF here
Rodrigo Navia – Biorefineries and bioeconomy Download PDF here
Alex Berg – Innovation in bioeconomy Download PDF here
Laura Meza – Strengthening of ecosystem services, related to water and agriculture Download PDF here
Jacqueline Espinoza – Binational Project, within the framework of the Chile – Mexico Cooperation Fund, on carbon footprint measurement in traditional crops adapted to zones of water scarcity Download PDF here
Francisco Meza – (Re) Discovering the water-energy-food biodiversity nexus Download PDF here
Gladys Santis – Climate change and water: Impacts and policies in ChileDownload PDF here
Xinia Brenes – Carbon neutrality in Costa Rica Download PDF here
Daniel Hubo Flores Caballero
Paula Palma Molina
Oscar Melo: Identification and valuation of ecosystem services the state of the economic valuation of ecosystem services
Six collaborative groups were established at the PDS in Costa Rica. These groups have been working on the development of their projects during the period between the first and the second session of the PDS (July 2016 – May 2017). A senior tutor/mentor was assigned to each group to support the work of the teams.
Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, Professor, University of Alberta
Ana Cristina Castro – Logística
Adrián Rodríguez, Director, Agricultural Development Unit, UN ECLAC
Marcella Ohira, Director for Capacity Building, IAI
Mariana Toledo, Assistant for Capacity Building, IAI
The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), Canada’s University of Alberta, Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (UNA), National Forest Financing Fund (FONAFIFO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) announced a Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Managing Ecosystems Services from Tropical Forests.
The PDS was funded by the IAI with resources from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The seminar involved two sessions, each one a weeklong. The first session were held 25-30 July 2016 in Liberia, Costa Rica; the second session were held in 2017 in Santiago, Chile. Between sessions, participants have interacted among themselves and with IAI staff and seminar instructors through Internet-based tools.
Understanding ecosystem functioning is fundamental to preserve the goods and services necessary for human populations. This is particularly critical in Latin America, where high population’s densities are concentrated in urban areas, poverty incidence is high in rural areas and managing ecosystems is very complex. Tropical forests are among the most important providers of goods and services and are the basis for the livelihoods of millions of people worldwide. There is a great need for training managers, policy makers, and scientists to help quantify and manage ecosystem services, as well as for learning from local communities and decision-makers that have gained significant experience on designing and carrying out conservation programs across the Americas.