09/30/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/30/2020 06:53
September 28, 2020. This Monday, September 28th, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and the Secretary of Environment of the Municipality of the Metropolitan District of Quito, signed a cooperation agreement with the aim of establishing coordination links between both institutions, on issues associated with the strengthening of technical capacities, knowledge generation and integrated management of natural heritage in the Metropolitan District of Quito.
'The agreement is aligned with issues that demand interest at the global level to resolve aspects of land management, landscapes and to improve their functionality in terms of ecosystem services, water, biodiversity, carbon footprint, among others,' said Muhammad Ibrahim, director general of CATIE.
The objectives of this agreement also include contributing to the training and capacity building of officials of the Ministry of the Environment, generating spaces for discussion that contribute to the development of research processes on issues of biodiversity conservation, ecological restoration, livestock and agro-forestry production, and sustainable forest management.
'We had very good examples from Costa Rica, where sustainable tourism both ecologically and in university issues has had the opportunity to be an example for the whole region and the world, that is why we have seen CATIE with very good eyes the management they have been doing and we want to learn together,' said Juan Carlos Aviles secretary of environment of the municipality.
In addition, as part of the commitments established in this agreement, which will be in effect for four years, CATIE will provide technical support to research and innovation programs and projects required within the scope of the Secretariat of Environment, advice on germplasm and development of methodologies to implement genetic improvement programs for forest species, among others.
On the other hand, this union was possible thanks to the fact that the Ministry of the Environment, through the Natural Heritage Department, works permanently on the generation and application of policies and strategies that allow the strengthening of the conservation of ecosystems, the restoration of ecological systems that have been affected by diverse pressures and the sustainable development of the populations.
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