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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).


Rural people must deal with threats to drinking water

People in Central America’s rural areas will face a 20 percent decline of drinking water availability by 2050, estimates show. EfD researchers are now collecting information from 8 000 households in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Costa Rica. The primary aim is to map capabilities and obstacles for communities to adapt, and to provide community leaders tools and skills to respond to drier scenarios. EfD findings also support governmental adaptation policies.


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.


Should the squeaky wheel get all the oil?

Payments for ecosystem services in Costa Rica: Does it matter who gets paid and why for the efficiency of payments for ecosystem services (PES) programs aimed to reduce deforestation and forest degradation? This is being studied by EfD Central America researchers.