Costa Rica has been a pioneer in implementing policies to protect and promote ecosystem services. One of the most successful innovative public financing schemes implemented more than twenty years ago was the “payments for ecosystem services” (PES), which along with other policies and enabling conditions led to a dramatic increase in its forest cover, from less than 30% in the 1980s to 54% of its territory today.
Researchers from eight EfD centers gathered in Gothenburg, to kick- start work on a two-year collaborative program on marine resources. We spoke with program leaders Francisco Alpízar and Håkan Eggert.
Water is fundamental for sustainable development, healthy ecosystems and energy and food production. This issues have been a priority for EfD Central America’s research agenda for more than 10 years, and now more than ever, with the climate conditions the region faces it makes researchers from the center put all their effort conducting research and communicating their results in several platforms and events.
CASCADA Project ends successfully after six years contributing to the development of Central America
High-level research, strengthening of technical capacities and participatory studies allow to understand and disseminate strategies of ecosystem-based adaptation in agricultural systems.
The EfD Network proudly presents the new audiovisual production: “The Ecosystem Services Accounting for Development Program (ESAforD)” we encourage all our network to watch and enjoy the video!
The Ecosystem Services Accounting for Development Program (ESAfD) participated in the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists through several appearances in academic sessions and a special policy session coordinated by the ESAforD program researchers.
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.
EfD’s flagship educational program: Collaborative Program in Climate Change and Development Economics (3CDE) linking local and international students and teachers with hands on experience and case studies kicked off its first pilot in CATIE, EfD Central America´s host institution in February.
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.
With the goal to “teach climate change to our future leaders,” Francisco Alpízar of Costa Rica and Erik Sterner Erik Sterner, doctoral candidate at Chalmers University, Sweden, introduced EfD’s international graduate program in Climate Change and Environmental Economics.
This year the EfD annual meeting will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from: October 27-30, 2017. It is hosted by the Environment and Climate Research Center (EfD - Ethiopia) and the EfD Secretariat. The EfD annual meeting is a forum to bring together researchers from all EfD centers and their collaborators. EfD would also like to attract key stakeholders for exchange of research ideas. Updates for participants will be displayed here.
Turrialba, Costa Rica. This past 22nd of August, the EfD policy interaction workshop gathered host researchers, practitioners and decision-makers from the coffee sector, to present EEfD research and its contribution to policy discussions on agricultural and environmental issues.
Colombian magazine Dinero interviewed EfD Senior Researcher Francisco Alpizar about Green Growth as the New Key to Global Development, with a special focus on Colombia.
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.
When temperatures climb above 26 degrees Celsius, high school students in Costa Rica are more likely to not attend lectures. The warmer it gets, the higher is the absentee rate.
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.
Duke welcomed over 70 scholars and practitioners from 15 countries for the second annual Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) Meeting, May 9-11, 2017.
Central America has more than 2.3 million families depending on agriculture and natural resources for their livelihoods, making them vulnerable to climate change risks such as rising temperatures, extreme events such as drought and flooding, and also crop diseases. Researchers associated with the Swedish-based Environment for Development (EfD) initiative are running an ecosystems-based adaptation project in Guatemala, Honduras, and Costa Rica that supports smallholder farming communities in adapting to changing conditions. This project scales up the needs and opportunities of smallholders to promote changes in public policies at a regional level.
Researchers from EfD-CA and Conservation International publish a series of training guides on climate change and ecosystem-based adaptation for agriculture.
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
We are very pleased to announce that the second meeting of the Sustainable Energy TransitionsInitiative (SETI) will take place May 9-11 at Duke University (Durham, NC).
The Adaptation Finance Fellowship Programme (AFFP) of the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). is a training program for emerging leaders from research, policy, and the private sector who aspire to be equipped with state-of-the-art knowledge on adaptation finance and become climate ambassadors in their respective home countries and beyond.
Duke Kunshan University is now accepting applications for the new international Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) Program. The iMEP program is a two-year degree offered jointly by Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Nicholas School of the Environment. Students will study core courses in both environmental management and public policy at Duke Kunshan University (China) and Duke University (United States). We would really appreciate it if you could share this information with people who might be interested.
Two Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) on Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries
On January 29th 2017 the Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester (UK) will launch a sequence of two Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries, taught by Professor Dale Whittington and Dr Duncan Thomas.
Academia and policy makers were brought together to take the first steps of uniting research efforts towards an Environment and Development National Research Agenda during the EfD Central America Policy day.
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.
This past June, EfD Central America researchers Laura Villalobos and Francisco Alpizar presented at the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 22nd Annual Conference in Zurich.
GGGI & CATIE hosted the international workshop “Nature’s returns: Unlocking investment for forest ecosystem services”
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) hosted the international workshop “Nature’s returns: Unlocking investment for forest ecosystem services” on June 1st and 2nd, 2016, in Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica.
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.
Juan Robalino participated in the Environment, Economics and You- Speaker Series Winter 2016 at Portland State University
Juan Robalino was part of the Environment, Economics and You -Speaker Series Winter 2016 with his presentation : Deforestation, Climate Change and Payments for Ecosystem Services. Robalino’s participation took place Wednesday, January 27, 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.
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”.
IDRC Climate Change and Water research is being presented at the World Water Congress being held in Edinburgh next week, and we're inviting you to join the conversation!
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.
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- 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”.