CATIE, Costa Rica. EfD Central America welcomed students from across Latin American for its 19th edition of the course: Economic bases for the management and the valuation of environmental services, the course seeks to contribute to the understanding of the causes and effects of environmental degradation in the region.
On February 16, EfD Central America Researcher Leida Mercado participated in representation of EfD-CA host institution CATIE as a lecturer in a workshop targeted at directors and professors of the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica (MEP), as well as to extension agents of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica (MAG), in order to train them in the subject of climate change and the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) approach. The objective of the workshop was to consider Climate Change issues and implement them in the curriculum of four Professional Technical Colleges (CTP) of the Region Brunca, from Costa Rica. This is part of a strategic regional pilot that takes place in the area.
A group of technicians and researchers from the governments of Ghana and Liberia conduct a study tour at EfD Central America host institution CATIE. The objective of the visit was to learn about experiences with Payments for Environmental Services and other incentives to promote the conservation of natural resources that are implemented in agricultural landscapes in the country.
Research findings from EfD-CA’s research project of the economic impact of diseases caused by air pollution were featured in national media such as La Nación newspaper and television news shows.
EfD Central America Senior Researcher Francisco Alpizar participated in the OECD-Ten Conference: Behavioural Science in Public Policy: Being Green, Consumer Centric and with well-Functioning Markets and Organizations and in the OECD 2017 Meeting: Nudging for Good, Responsibly.
A panel discussion on climate change featuring renowned scholars and advocates will headline Loyola University Maryland’s fifth Hanway Lecture in Global Studies on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall.
EfD- CA is pleased to announce our new Centre director with a message from Maria Naranjo:
SETI (http://seti.duke.edu/) invites concept notes to seed collaborative research related to energy transitions. We particularly welcome proposals for work related to the SETI priority themes, including: Consequences of energy poverty, defined as a lack of reliable access to electricity and other modern fuels Drivers of the energy transition in low- and middle-income contexts, including lessons from past experiences Impacts of energy transitions at various scales (households, firms, and the regional and global environment) Policy levers and solutions to speed the energy transition; and analysis of their effectiveness Notable gaps in research on energy transitions
EfD Central America shares our deepest sympathy on the passing of our dear friend Karin Backteman. To celebrate her life the EfD Central America Center organized a Plant a tree memorial. " A living tribute to a beautiful and generous spirit" Forever in our hearts, rest in peace Karin Backteman.
The Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) is hosting its training course on “Causal Inference and Evidence-based Policy” carried out at CATIE’s headquarters in Turrialba, Costa Rica from September 20-24, 2016.
The CASCADE Project: Ecosystem-based adaptation for smallholder farmers in agricultural landscapes in Central America, was part of the presentations held at CATIE’s Board of Directors Meeting this past 29th -1st of September, Turrialba, Costa Rica.
Roger Madrigal, EfD Senior Researcher , is presenting during the World Water Week in Stockholm, August 29-September 2.
EfD Central America Director Francisco Alpizar was interviewed on national radio to reflect on Earth Day, and what actions are urgent under this celebration.
The Vernon Smith Center for Experimental Economics hosted the 4th Antigua Experimental Economics Conference held on 26 and 27 February at the Casa Popenoe, Antigua Guatemala and EfD-CA researches were present as part of the speakers participating in the workshop sessions.
EfD-CA is part of the organizers of the VI SARA’s Institute Public Conferences series. Fellow researcher Matias Piaggio is part of the organizing team, this year’s theme of the conference is: “Seeking sustainable pathways for land use in Latin America.
As part of its Third Annual Meeting, members of the CASCADE project, which is co-led by Conservation International (CI) and CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education), reviewed the overall progress of the initiative as well as the main results obtained in the different lines of research.
Newspaper highlights the work in State of the Nation Program of EfD Central America researchers Juan Robalino and Laura Villalobos
This past Thursday November 19th “La Nación” (the main newspaper in Costa Rica) published an article highlighting the work done for a special report about the impact evaluation of conservation policies that was written for the “State of the Nation Program" by EfD Central America researchers Juan Robalino and Laura Villalobos.
The Environment for Development Central America Center (EfD Central America) hosted the EfD Annual Policy Interaction Workshop held September 16, 2015 at the Bougainvillea Hotel, Heredia, Costa Rica. This year’s theme was: "The role of Research for the Development of Policy on Water Resources and Climate Change".
EfD Central America Director contributes to capacity building and a dialogue on the Economy of Climate Change in Costa Rica
EfD Central America Director, Francisco Alpizar held a keynote speech in the “Capacity building and dialogue on the economy of climate change” Program in Costa Rica hosted by The Central America Academy, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme.
The Latin America Green Awards recognize the 500 best projects of environmental practices in the region, and the Projects AC3 and CASCADE were recognized in this top 500. The event gets people to discover and celebrate that there are many ways to help the environment in the region.
The Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) celebrates its 10th anniversary.
The Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) is celebrating its first 10 years of activities and to celebrate its accomplishments the LACEEP authorities brought together previous and current grantees, policy and decision makers, academicians and other key actors of the environmental and resource economics of the region.
EfD-CA Center Director Francisco Alpizar acknowledged for his participation in the first Encyclical of Pope Francisco on the Environment.
Past Thursday 18th Pope Francisco released its long-awaited Encyclical on the Environment in which he warned against "suicidal" behavior of a global economic system. This same day a national news article acknowledged the participation of EfD-CA Center Director Francisco Alpizar in the Encyclical on the Environment. Alpizar was one of three Latin Americans who participated in the meeting held in May 2014 at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. To read the complete article please click Here (Spanish Only).
On Thursday and Friday this week, May 28-29, Maria Naranjo visits The Choice Lab. During her stay, she will discuss the design of the project "Risk taking and fairness: A lab in the field experiment with coffee farmers in Costa Rica”.
CASCADE Project as part of the National Forum: Climate Smart Territories: an approach to land management and adaptation to climate change.
Project coordinator Barbara Viguera, represented the CASCADE project in the National Forum: Climate Smart Territories: an approach to land management and adaptation to climate change, held May 6 in La Ceiba, Honduras.
EfD- CA Center Director Francisco Alpízar release an opinion article on the commercialization of shark fins from Costa Rica
Center director Francisco Alpízar and Chairman of the Board of the association “Forever Costa Rica” released an opinion article titled: “The sharks, the finning and the public interest”.
CASCADE project will have great presence in the Climate Smart Agriculture conference in Montpellier (March 16th - 18th)
EfD- Senior Researcher Milagro Saborío will be participating as key note speaker with the presentation: “How do coffee farmers adapt to perceived changes in climate? Evidence from Central America. “
EfD-CA senior researcher Roger Madrigal participates in IWRA World Water Congress 2015 and the ICARUS IV Global Meeting
EfD-CA researcher Roger Madrigal will participate as speaker in the XVth IWRA World Water Congress as well as in the ICARUS IV Global Meeting. Dr. Madrigal´s research work entitled “Adaptive capacity, drought and the performance of community-based drinking water organizations in Costa Rica and Nicaragua “ will be presented in both events.
Investigador EfD-CA Roger Madrigal participará en Congreso Mundial del Agua IWRA 2015 y en la Cuarta Reunión Mundial ICARUS
El investigador de EfD Centroámerica Roger Madrigal participará como ponente en el XV Congreso Mundial del Agua IWRA, así como en la Cuarta Reunión Mundial ICARUS .
EfD Central America center director Francisco Alpízar participated as part of a panel for the national radio show “Nuestra Voz” on January 14, 2015. The topic under discussion was: Practices to reduce the ecological footprint of Costa Rica to be urgently included in the education system. The panel approached critical issues on improving the practices to reduce the ecological footprint in the country.
Back in 2009, EfD Central America researchers Francisco Alpizar, Maria Angelica Naranjo and Alberto Vargas worked with The Nature Conservancy in Costa Rica estimating a cost base structure for the allocation of service concessions and non-essential activities within the protected wilderness areas. The findings are now implemented in Chirripó National Park in Costa Rica.
AC3 Project interview with Yamileth Astorga, CEO of the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AYA).
Community -based drinking water organizations (CBDWOs) are responsible for providing water for domestic consumption to 26.5% of the population in Costa Rica. The “Water for human Consumption, Communities and Climate change: expected impacts and Adaptation in Central America” (AC3 project), project aims to improve decision-making about investment in the design of plans and policies for CBDWOs’ adaptation to climate change in Central America. At the 5th Latin American Meeting of Community Water Management, AC3 project coordinator Eugenia León sat down and talked with the new CEO of the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AYA), Yamileth Astorga, Msc.
LACEEP started the short course "Policy analysis for environmental economics" by Professor Nancy Olewiler
The Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) started the short course "Policy analysis for environmental economics" by Professor Nancy Olewiler from School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University Vancouver, Canada.
Click here for the English version. El proyecto:Agua para consumo humano, comunidades y cambio climático: Impactos esperados y adaptación en América Central (AC3) administrado por CATIE con apoyo financiero de IDRC, participó como colaborador y expositor en el lV Encuentro Latinoamericano de Gestión Comunitaria del Agua, realizado del 9 al 11 de Setiembre en San Carlos, Costa Rica.
EfD Central America is pleased to introduce our new Communication Officer, Eugenia León.
New deadline for EfD's 2015 proposal submission is June 1, 2014. All proposals must be presented in the respective EfD Center Workshops before submission.
The Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) is organizing its VIII Environmental and Resource Economics Training Course, titled “Valuation and Household Surveys” which will be carried out at CATIE’s headquarters in Turrialba, Costa Rica from July 21 - 31, 2014.
EfD-CA researchers and partner organizations are putting together an ambitious capacity building and training agenda for 2014.
The use of scientific based information for decision-making is at the heart of the research agenda for the EfD-CA Center. In line with this is policy and program evaluation that can use to feedback policymakers in improving programs and reducing uncertainty.
Students from Latin America received training in Experimental economics This June 24 participants from Latin America and the Caribbean completed the training course on “Experimental economics with applications to the environment” by EfD-CA partner, LACEEP at CATIE.
EfD-CA Center research fellows Róger Madrigal and Eugenia León conducted the first field visits in rural communities in Nicaragua for the project.
Call for papers to the workshop. The goal of the event is to stimulate research in environmental and natural resource economics that is relevant to economic development in the region. To be held in Mexico City, October 4-5, 2013.
The activity consisted of presentations and analysis of multiple forest financing schemes with the goal to identify alternative financing sources for sustainable forestry.
The Inter-American Development Bank is organizing a series of lectures with emphasis on Economics of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
At the recent EfD annual meeting in Costa Rica the Coordination Committee made a number of important decisions.
International and Costa Rican local media showed great interest in covering the EfD Policy Day celebrated on October 25, 2012
The goal is to identify needs for policy making and research in these three issues that are key for development in Central America.
PRESS RELEASE: Experts and policymakers meet in Costa Rica to discuss climate change, water and natural resources
The goal is to identify needs for policy making and research in these three issues that are key for development in Central America.
Introducing The CASCADE Project: a new research initiative on ecosystem-based adaptation in Central America
CATIE and Conservation International joined forces to work together in research and capacity building to bring impacts at both the policy and field implementation scale.
Martin Persson to present book chapter of research by EfD at a conference and a workshop in Portland, USA
The conference is organized by Ecosystem Service Partnership and the workshop by CGIAR, ICRAF and CIFOR.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Centro Vernon Smith announces a three-day international conference to be held in Antigua Guatemala, October 25th-27th, 2012.