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2017-09-06 | author

Raffaele Vignola

As the Director of the Latin American Chair of Environmental Decisions for Global Change (CLADA) at CATIE he has designed and implemented research and action-research project to support a variety of stakeholders’ decision-making processes on ecosystem services conservation in several countries of Latin America. His work has focused on and applied a variety of methods to analyze the stakeholders’ decision making (including economic and institutional aspects influencing decisions) related to sustainable food production and the management of watersheds and water resources in the context of global change. He has contributed to the design and implementation of initiatives supported by World Bank, European Union, the Canadian Social Science and Humanities  Research Council, United Nations Development Program, the Adaptation Fund, etc. The initiatives focused on the analysis of determinants and entry points as well as factor that can enhance the adoption of sustainable production practices, water management, GHG emission reduction and efficient and cost-effective energy consumption along food chains and their implications for the conservation of ecosystem services. He has published more than sevety research articles, books chapters, policy briefs and press releases drawing from experience of more than ten years in applied research on the human dimension of land use based responses to climate change in Latin America. He received his PhD in Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) where he developed inter-disciplinary research on decision sciences applied to the management of ecosystem services in Latin America. He is the academic coordinator of the Watershed Management MSc at CATIE, adjunct professor at the Institute for Environment, Resources and Sustainability of the University of British Columbia and research affiliate at the Gund Institute for the Environment at the University of Vermont, EEUU.