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EfD at the OECD 2017 Conference on Behavioural Insights

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.


Request for concept notes to develop collaborative multi-site research projects

SETI ( 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


LACEEP's 2016 training course kicks off

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.


CASCADE Project reviews its progress and prepares for 2016

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.


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).


EfD Central America Center Director Francisco Alpizar featured in national radio show.

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.


EfD Central America study implemented in Chirripó National Park

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.


Participación Proyecto AC3 en el V Encuentro Latinoamericano de Gestión Comunitaria del Agua

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.