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CIRAD is a French agricultural research institute focusing on international development. CIRAD chose sustainable development as the cornerstone of its international actions. This translates to consider long-term ecological, economic and social change in developing communities and countries. CIRAD made up of 1800 people working in over 50 countries, with a wide range of partners (public authorities, research centers, universities, producer organizations, NGOs, etc.). The approach is systematized by using key participants and action research. CIRAD has an experienced, strong presence on site and a wide network throughout Latin America that is maintained by a network of scientists supported by international institutions in Latin American and continued support to projects and partners in France. This is how such creative strategic research networks such as SMART, PCP Agroforestry, Public Policies in Latin America and Amazonia have begun. Furthermore, CIRAD is involved as coordinator in various research projects of the European Union - its financial department is currently working with the auditor to obtain the Certificate in Methodology for FP7 contracts.


The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Institue (CATE) is a regional academic center with 13 member countries from Central America and South America dedicated to sustainable rural development and poverty reduction in tropical America. The Cambio Global team, one of 10 research clusters in CATIE, has expertise in identifying and implementing opportunities for land use to mitigate climate change, including related research around better use of production waste and the processing of goods and agricultural and forestry goods and materials.

This experience has led to the understanding of technical, social, legal and political barriers in Latin American countries, contributing to the adoption and implementation of adapted technological measures. CATIE's efforts to manage knowledge in the region are evidenced through their library (one of the most complete on agriculture and natural resources) as well as through their links with regional partners such as the Inter-American Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IICA) or with other organizations in the area , including those involved in EcoAdapt networks.


The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is an independent international institute involved in research projects in environmental and political development at local, national, regional and global levels. SEI Oxford, one of the seven centers, has specific expertise and experience on measures of vulnerability, adaptive management and governance risks related to climate change, water and food security and migration. SEI Oxford has gained a reputation working on the interface between natural and social sciences, research and development of tools and methods of analysis in order to directly support the actions of partners, customers and donors, focusing more and more on the co-creation of knowledge. SEI-Oxford became involved in projects using an eco-systemic approach to climate adaptation. Today, the institute works with the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) to explore ways to integrate eco system adaptation planning processes into national development. The team also leads work with CIFOR to give technical support to a project that explores the synergies and conflicts between climate adaptation and mitigation in the Congo Basin.


The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is a global, non-governmental non-profit organization that works for for cooperation in forestry. It is the only international organization dedicated to research and forest sciences. It has a membership that gathers research organizations, universities and individual scientists but also decision makers and other interested partners working in forests. Its mission is to promote global cooperation in forestry research and to improve understanding around ecological, economic and social issues associated with forest and trees. It also seeks to disseminate scientific knowledge to partners and decision makers and to contribute to forest management policies . Created in 1892, the network now consists of over 650 institutions in 110 countries (60 institutions in Latin America) and 15000 scientists worldwide. IUFRO has a recognized position in the international forest research community (member of the ICSU) such as forest policies with their active participation to Collaborative Partnership on Forests, the United Nations Forum on Forests and the FAO's Committee on Forestry. In these programs, IUFRO help developing countries to improve their research skills, including exchanges between science, decision-makers and partners. In the past 23 years, SPDC has successfully implemented a wide range of projects.