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CATIE is recognized as a scientific and intercultural heritage of the canton of Turrialba
- Turrialba Municipal Council highlights the Center's scientific work and socio-humanist and intercultural projection
August 6, 2021. For more than 70 years, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) has reaffirmed its position as a reference in research, education and innovation; its multicultural richness lies in its community, coming from Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, its participation and social projection in the canton of Turrialba, makes the cultural values of the Center, and those of the community, are shared by the exchange of these values in the daily life that is experienced locally. These values include the recognition of cultural and biological diversity in its different forms, respect for nature and the sustainable use of natural resources, among others.
In this context, and within the framework of the cantonate, on August 6, the Municipality of Turrialba formally recognized CATIE as scientific and intercultural heritage of the canton, granting it such distinction in recognition of its scientific work and socio-humanistic projection in the community. The motion was approved on June 8, 2021, during an ordinary session of the Municipal Council.
In the motion, presented by councilors Luis Mariano Saenz Murillo, Octavio Arce Obando, Randall Artavia Roda, Arturo Rodriguez Morales and Francisco Castro Murillo, CATIE was recognized, by unanimous decision, for its historical and current value, as well as the projection it has had in the canton of Turrialba since its foundation in 1943.
"CATIE has been among us for more than 70 years, has a seed bank and collections that safeguard very valuable plant genetic resources, which are distributed to more than 20 countries, and has done many things for our continent and in particular for our country," said Arturo Rodriguez, president of the Municipal Council.
Muhammad Ibrahim, director general of CATIE, said that this recognition highlights the value, identity and projection of CATIE and above all, the responsibility that this entails for the community of Turrialba.
"The functional relationship between the CATIE community and the community of Turrialba is a very rich intercultural synergy, given the international environment present on the Center's campus. We are and feel part of Turrialba, we are always willing to support the Turrialba population and to join efforts to move the canton forward", added Ibrahim.
Luis Fernando León, Mayor of Turrialba, emphasized that CATIE has been an emblematic institution for the canton, with international recognition for its work in education, training leaders for change, and research to provide environmentally friendly solutions and sustainable management of natural resources, improving the quality of life of rural populations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
"CATIE with its trajectory has put the name of Turrialba on high and has also proven to be part of the canton, as we have seen in recent circumstances after the inclement rains of recent weeks, where we could count on CATIE and its staff in the emergency response," concluded Leon.
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Municipality of Turrialba
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