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CATIE researcher now part of IUCN's Commission on Ecosystem Management
- This commission promotes Nature-Based Ecosystem Solutions approaches to manage landscapes and seascapes.
22 November 22, 2021. As of November 2021, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), represented by Arlene López-Sampson, researcher of the Coffee and Cocoa Agro-forestry and Genetic Improvement Unit, was appointed as part of the specialist group of the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is recognized worldwide for promoting ecosystem-based approaches (Nature-based Solutions) for landscape and seascape management; which is recognized worldwide for promoting ecosystem-based approaches (Nature-Based Solutions) for the management of landscapes and seascapes.
In addition, CEM provides guidance and support for ecosystem-based management and promotes resilient social-ecological systems to address global challenges. It addresses and deals with the complexities of ecosystems, their components and interrelationships, including people and their culture, who make differentiated and sometimes conflicting management of ecosystems.
it also provides advice on issues related to environmental, social and economic factors affecting natural resources and biodiversity. It is composed of thematic groups (13), specialist groups (14) and task forces.
The collaboration of López-Sampson, on behalf of CATIE, will be within the group of specialists of Forests (Forests), will be part of the core-group, led by Himlal Baral, senior researcher of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR for its acronym in English).
"I am assigned as the focal point for the Mexico, Central America and Spanish-speaking Caribbean region and will follow up on activities that respond to the group's objectives," said Lopez.
According to the researcher, the Forests thematic group specifically follows two specific objectives: 1) to stimulate research on the role of forest ecosystems in both climate change adaptation and mitigation and biodiversity conservation; and 2) to highlight the contribution of forests to renewable energy, food and nutrition, water, and other ecosystem services and livelihoods.
"We see this appointment as a recognition that will allow us to share the methodologies and tools developed by CATIE for the management of forest ecosystems, their territories and the communities that depend on them. Especially in the implementation of nature-based practices that help the resilience of communities and the sustainability of ecological functions and the ecosystem services they provide," said López-Sampson.
On a personal level, López-Sampson said that it will be a very important opportunity to share her interest and passion for trees and forest ecosystems and their role in the development and sustainability of rural populations. It will also allow her to strengthen her social network with researchers and professionals interested in the subject.
To learn more about CEM, please visit CommissiononEcosystem Management.
Coffee and Cocoa Agroforestry and Plant Breeding Unit
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