Managing biodiversity under climate change: Enhancing capacities in Mexico for conservation planning decision-making and sustainability assessment

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

In Mexico, sustainable development permeates the discourse of natural resource management and development policies, yet the capacities for assessment, analysis and implementation are lacking. While Mexicos academic institutions are recognized for excellence in scientific inquiry and research, less attention has been paid to training the current generation to become leaders in planning and decision-making. These capacities are critical in public agencies where decisions about land use planning, environmental change and conservation are made. Our objective is to develop a self-sustaining academic program to create competency and expertise for policy and planning in the area of biodiversity conservation and climate change. The School of Sustainability at the Arizona State University (SOS-ASU) and the Institute of Ecology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (IE-UNAM) propose a collaborative project to establish a formal training program at IE-UNAM, five scholarships for Mexican students to participate in ASUs graduate program, and a summer school that will provide students with hands-on experience in conservation planning under the threat of climate change. The program will establish an International Curriculum on Sustainability Science, Policymaking and Planning (ICSSP) to be implemented as a formal part of the IE-UNAM graduate program, and will serve to train future leaders in conservation planning and sustainable development in Mexico while also forming the basis for future educational and research collaboration between ASU and UNAM.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/25/106/30/12

Funding

  • US Agency for International Development (USAID): $298,271.00

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