Conference will start in:
high level speakers
researchers will be presenting the results of their work by oral presentation or posters
Dr. Carlos Manuel Rodríguez will be the keynote speaker of the session titled Finance, investments, and agribusiness to promote adoption and scaling.
He was selected as CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility in June 2020.
Dr. Rodriguez, a Costa Rican national, was a pioneer in the development of Payment for Ecosystem Services and strategies for forest restoration, ocean conservation, and decarbonization. During his three terms as Environment and Energy Minister, Costa Rica doubled the size of its forests, made its electric sector fully renewable, and consolidated a national park system that has made the Central American country a prime ecotourism destination.
Dr. Rodriguez has also founded and served on the board of several environmental NGOs and tropical research institutes. After his second tenure as minister, he was Vice President for Global Policy at Conservation International for 12 years.
Since 2002, the Wallace Scientific Conferences provide a forum for high-level discussion of strategies in science and technology for tropical agriculture, natural, resources and the conservation of biodiversity in the tropics. It encourages debate among the CATIE community, its member countries and multiple partners.
The VIII Wallace Conference will focus on analyzing food systems in LAC in the face of environmental degradation and climate change, using a systematic approach to analyze the biodiversity and ecosystem services, food production, as well as the economic, social, cultural, and political aspects that are key for the functioning of said systems.
Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica
May 31-June 3, 2023
The official language of the Conference will be English, but simultaneous translation (Spanish/English) will be provided.
CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) is an academic center for innovation and sustainable development in topics related to agriculture, management, conservation, and sustainable use of natural resources. Our area of influence, by mandate, is the Latin American and Caribbean region. However, our operations and contributions to the region and the world have a history of just over 75 years, initially as the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and since 1973, as CATIE.
In our actions we combine education, research for development, and projection to promote Inclusive Green Development, to increase human well-being and reduce rural poverty.
We are leaders in the integrated management of agriculture and natural resources to address global challenges.
Located in Turrialba, CATIE’s campus has more than 1000 hectares in the middle of a mountainous landscape, where coffee plantations, agricultural activity, and sugar cane fields abound. The campus has spacious and comfortable facilities for visitors and provides a very secure and peaceful environment. It is also a perfect place to go for a walk or practice sports such as soccer, tennis, swimming, or biking.
The Botanical Garden of CATIE is made up of an invaluable collection of genetic material which is conserved for research and education purposes. Housing more than 4000 genetic samples that represent around 400 species of plants from different parts of the world. It is here that you will see different kinds of trees, flowers, and animals. Likewise, you will have the opportunity to try exotic fruits.
The International Club is located on our campus. It has two swimming pools, one specifically for children. Also, it has a restaurant and bar service to allow people to enjoy themselves with friends or colleagues. On the back of the building and swimming pool, there is a tennis court for the use of any person interested in playing some tennis surrounded by nature.
Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica