About us

Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition. The IKI is a key element of Germany’s climate financing and the funding commitments in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative places clear emphasis on climate change mitigation, adaption to the impacts of climate change and the protection of biological diversity. These efforts provide various co-benefits, particularly the improvement of living conditions in partner countries.

The IKI focuses on four areas: mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to the impacts of climate change, conserving natural carbon sinks with a focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), as well as conserving biological diversity.
CIAT works in collaboration with hundreds of partners to help developing countries make farming more competitive, profitable, and resilient through smarter, more sustainable natural resource management. We help policymakers, scientists, and farmers respond to some of the most pressing challenges of our time, including food insecurity and malnutrition, climate change, and environmental degradation.

Our global research contributes to several of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and cuts across four key themes: big data, climate-smart agriculture, ecosystem action, and sustainable food systems. Our mission: Reduce hunger and poverty, and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research aimed at increasing the eco-efficiency of agriculture.
PIK, the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, addresses crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development. Researchers from the natural and social sciences work together to generate interdisciplinary insights and to provide society with sound information for decision making. The main methodologies are systems and scenarios analysis, modelling, computer simulation, and data integration.
The Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon (IIAP), is a science and technology research institution envisioned to achieve sustainable development for the Amazonian population, with an emphasis on the rural side, and specialized in conservation and the correct use of natural resources in the Amazonian region. IIAP carries out its activities in a decentralized manner, promoting the participation of institutions and organized civil society.
The Center Foundation for Research in Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems (CIPAV) is a nongovernmental organization with over 20 years of experience in the research, capacity building, and outreach necessary to construct sustainable agricultural production systems. CIPAV seeks to contribute to the sustainable development of the rural sector through investigation, management, development, and dissemination of environmentally friendly and productive alternatives.
The National Agrarian University of La Molina, is an educational institution specialized in the formation of professionals for the agricultural, silvicultural, livestock, fishing, food, and economics sectors. It is one of the largest and most well-known universities in the field of agricultural research within South America. For 30 years it has been linked to the development of sustainable agricultural systems, establishing relationships with agricultural communities within the department of Loreto, Peru. The university’s experience in the surveying of ecosystem services, as well as its ample knowledge about all different types of agricultural systems, will be a great benefit to the project.
The University of the Amazons, is an institution of higher education with standing social accreditation, renowned for and leader in the construction, appropriation, adaptation, implementation, and diffusion of academic, scientific, and investigative processes, as well as the protection of the community.

The university has carried out research and knowledge sharing activities with agricultural producers of the region for the past 15 years. This has allowed it to build strong relationships with farmers’ associations, which both contributes to the achievement of project objectives and furthers the pursuit of sustainable human development within the Amazonian region, the institutional vision of this academic entity.
The SINCHI Institute – an Amazonian scientific research institute, has over 15 years of experience in the development and implementation of sustainable production systems based on biodiversity, as well as in the establishment of sustainable productive landscapes in disrupted areas of the Northern Amazon, in addition to the characterization and classification of rural production systems and the design of sustainability indicators for these systems.

Coordination Team

Marcela Quintero

CIAT - Project Manager

Marcela Quintero

CIAT - Project Manager

m.quintero@cgiar.org
Ecosystem Services Research Theme Leader, Decision and Policy Analysis Program. 14-year experience, core work on project formulation and implementation related to Payments for Ecosystem Services schemes design, and environmental impacts.

Miguel Romero

CIAT - Project Coordinator

Miguel Romero

CIAT - Project Coordinator

m.a.romero@cgiar.org
Agronomic Engineer, Masters in Crop Physiology. Experience in research within the Ecosystem Services group, in quantifying indicators of environmental impact such as the water footprint and carbon footprint of agricultural systems.

Antonio Solarte

SAL-CIPAV Coordinator

Antonio Solarte

SAL-CIPAV Coordinator

mantonio@fun.cipav.org.co
His work is related to the development of sustainable alternatives in production, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, and the development of economic methods for environmental management.

Juan Carlos Suarez

SAL-UNIAMAZ Coordinator

Juan Carlos Suarez

SAL-UNIAMAZ Coordinator

juansuarez1@gmail.com
Masters in Agroforestry and doctoral candidate in the Biological Sciences, developing works in eco-physiology.

Jaime Barrera

SAL-SINCHI Coordinator

Jaime Barrera

SAL-SINCHI Coordinator

jbarrera@sinchi.org.co
PhD in Biological Sciences, 20 years of scientific research experience in the Colombian Amazonia in biodiversity and conservation, crop physiology, ecological physiology, plant adaptations and stress, and productive landscapes and systems.

Dennis del Castillo

SAL-IIAP Coordinator in Peru

Dennis del Castillo

SAL-IIAP Coordinator in Peru

ddelcastillo@iiap.org.pe
Dr. Dennis del Castillo is the Director of the Terrestrial Research Program at IIAP. He is an agronomic engineer with a Doctorate and Masters both focused in Agronomy, and over 30 years of global and local experience working with environmental issues, particularly related to forests.

Julio Cesar Alegre

SAL-UNALM Coordinator in Peru

Julio Cesar Alegre

SAL-UNALM Coordinator in Peru

jalegre@lamolina.edu.pe
Experience in research, education, and extension work in the management of tropical soils and the restoration of degraded soils with continuous crop systems, grasses, and agroforestry.

Dr. J. Kropp

SAL - PIK Focal point

Dr. J. Kropp

SAL - PIK Focal point

kropp@pik-potsdam.de
Professor Dr. Kropp is the Deputy Chair of Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities at PIK and Director of Studies of Sustainability at Urstein University of Applied Sciences. He has over 25 years of experience in scientific studies oriented towards climate change and impact.

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International Center for Tropical Agriculture – CIAT

Marcela Quintero

CIAT - Project Manager

Marcela Quintero

CIAT - Project Manager

m.quintero@cgiar.org
Ecosystem Services Research Theme Leader, Decision and Policy Analysis Program. 14-year experience, core work on project formulation and implementation related to Payments for Ecosystem Services schemes design, and environmental impacts

Miguel Romero

CIAT - Project Coordinator

Miguel Romero

CIAT - Project Coordinator

m.a.romero@cgiar.org
Agronomic Engineer, Masters in Crop Physiology. Experience in research within the Ecosystem Services group, in quantifying indicators of environmental impact such as the water footprint and carbon footprint of agricultural systems.

Karolina Argote

CIAT - Geographic Information Systems

Karolina Argote

CIAT - Geographic Information Systems

k.argote@cgiar.org
Agricultural engineer with a Masters in Geography. Expert in GIS planning, management, and database curating, and is in charge of the geo-analysis of landscape level data.

Gisella Cruz

CIAT - Participatory methods and socio-environmental analysis

Gisella Cruz

CIAT - Participatory methods and socio-environmental analysis

g.s.cruz@cgiar.org
Biologist and social scientist, with experience in the study of rural communities’ knowledge, use, management, and valorization of ecosystem services; as well as their importance for food security and well-being.

Erwan Norman

CIAT - Participatory methods and political analysis

Erwan Norman

CIAT - Participatory methods and political analysis

e.sachet@cgiar.org
Research assistent within Ecosystem Services CIAT, works with the social component (participatory methods, surveys) of the project.

Martha Vanegas

CIAT - Participatory methods and socio-environmental analysis

Martha Vanegas

CIAT - Participatory methods and socio-environmental analysis

m.vanegas@cgiar.org
Ecologist with an MSc in forest conservation – focus in politics and society – from Wageningen University. Currently is research assistant, working in the social component of the project SAL.

Carlos Navarro

CIAT - Climate change analysis

Carlos Navarro

CIAT - Climate change analysis

c.e.navarro@cgiar.org
Agricultural Engineer. Provides scientific support in the understanding of the impacts of climate change over agro-ecosystems through the generation of high resolution climate projections and the impact modeling.

Lisset Pérez

CIAT - Socioeconomic analysis

Lisset Pérez

CIAT - Socioeconomic analysis

lisset.perez@cgiar.org
Economist from the University of Valle with a Masters in Economics from Icesi University. Currently works as a research assistant in CIAT for the Ecosystem Services and Impact Evaluation teams.

Chrystian Sosa

CIAT - Database, survey planning, and statistical analysis

Chrystian Sosa

CIAT - Database, survey planning, and statistical analysis

c.sosa@cgiar.org
Biologist with five years of experience in bioinformatics (biodiversity) and data management. Is in charge of the implementation of socioeconomic surveys in mobile devices and their management.

Louis Reymondin

CIAT - Monitoring of changes in coverage and habitat (Terra-i system)

Louis Reymondin

CIAT - Monitoring of changes in coverage and habitat (Terra-i system)

l.reymondin@cgiar.org
Post-doctoral fellow at CIAT, has 10+ years of experience coordinating the Terra-i project and researches involving AI and data mining to better understand dynamics between human activities and the environment.

Paula Andrea Paz

CIAT - Monitoring of changes in coverage and habitat (Terra-i system)

Paula Andrea Paz

CIAT - Monitoring of changes in coverage and habitat (Terra-i system)

p.a.paz@cgiar.org
Topographical engineer with experience in monitoring deforestation, in charge of the analsysis of changes in coverage and use of soil, using Terra-i.

Jhon Jairo Tello

CIAT - Monitoring of changes in coverage and habitat (Terra-i system)

Jhon Jairo Tello

CIAT - Monitoring of changes in coverage and habitat (Terra-i system)

j.j.tello@cgiar.org
Experience in the development of the web platform and display data of Terra-i project. Has knowledge of different programming technologies for visualization of geospatial data and information in general.

Mirjam Pulleman

CIAT - Evaluation of soils

Mirjam Pulleman

CIAT - Evaluation of soils

m.pulleman@cgiar.or
Her research centers on the degradation of soil plus the processes and indicators of its restoration, participatory design of sustainable alternative uses of soil, and eco-efficient agro-ecosystems.

Cesar Botero

CIAT - Soils

Cesar Botero

CIAT - Soils

c.a.vargas@cgiar.org
Professional with ten years of experience in soil sample taking in the field and three years in implementing methodologies and interpretation of the physical analysis of soils.

Jacobo Arango

CIAT - Forages

Jacobo Arango

CIAT - Forages

j.arango@cgiar.org
Scientist with the Tropical Forages Program at CIAT with experience on nitrogen and carbon cycling processes in tropical forage-based crop-tree-livestock systems. Also working on forage quality and reduction of GHG.

Mauricio Sotelo

CIAT - Forages and animal production

Mauricio Sotelo

CIAT - Forages and animal production

m.sotelo@cgiar.org
Agricultural engineer, Scientist in the Tropical Forages program, experience in germoplasm research for the restoration of degraded soils and for animal feed.

Patrick Lavelle

CIAT (Consultant) - Ecologist

Patrick Lavelle

CIAT (Consultant) - Ecologist

plavelle48@gmail.com
Ecologist and educator, proposes a theoretical and practical vision of the functioning and management of tropical soils. Proposes a reorganization of agricultural landscapes in order to optimally provide ecosystem services.

Diksha Arora

CIAT - Analysis of gendered time poverty

Diksha Arora

CIAT - Analysis of gendered time poverty

d.arora@cgiar.org
Gender Postdoctoral fellow. Research interests in intra-household dynamics among agricultural households, particularly the analysis of gendered time poverty and its consequences on household food security in Africa and Latin America.

Tatiana Gumucio

CIAT - Gender integration

Tatiana Gumucio

CIAT - Gender integration

t.gumucio@cgiar.org
PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida. Postdoctoral researcher in CIAT and support for the integration of gender in the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry.

Natalie Orentlicher

CIAT - Dissemination and Research Communications

Natalie Orentlicher

CIAT - Dissemination and Research Communications

n.orentlicher@cgiar.org
Works on research communications and dissemination for the project SAL. Global experience in scientific research communications in both Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Foundation CIPAV

Antonio Solarte

SAL-CIPAV Coordinator

Antonio Solarte

SAL-CIPAV Coordinator

antonio@fun.cipav.org.co
His work is related to the development of sustainable alternatives in production, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, and the development of economic methods for environmental management.

Catalina Zapata

CIPAV - Technology dissemination to ag. producers, participatory methods

Catalina Zapata

CIPAV - Technology dissemination to ag. producers, participatory methods

catalina@fun.cipav.org.co
Experience in environmental regulation and planning, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services. Also in design and implementation of ‘Payment for Environmental Services’ schemes and the developmental of agroforestry and silvopastoral systems.

Mayerly Rivera

CIPAV - Technology dissemination to ag. producers, participatory methods

Mayerly Rivera

CIPAV - Technology dissemination to ag. producers, participatory methods

mayeriveram@hotmail.com
Medical veterinary zootechnician from the University of the Amazon. Works as professional support in the processes of reconverting livestock farming back to silvopastoral systems.

University of the Amazon – UNIAMAZ

Juan Carlos Suarez

SAL-UNIAMAZ Coordinator

Juan Carlos Suarez

SAL-UNIAMAZ Coordinator

juansuarez1@gmail.com
Masters in Agroforestry and doctoral candidate in the Biological Sciences, developing works in eco-physiology.

Fáver Álvarez

UNIAMAZ - Nutrition quality and productivity of forages

Fáver Álvarez

UNIAMAZ - Nutrition quality and productivity of forages

falvarezc@uniamazonia.edu.co
Masters in Agroforestry and doctoral candidate in the Natural Sciences and Sustainable Development. Design of silvopastoral alternatives.

Yolanda Cuellar

UNIAMAZ - Socioeconomic component

Yolanda Cuellar

UNIAMAZ - Socioeconomic component

ycuellar6789@gmail.com
Public accountant, Masters in Rural Development, support in the surveying of socioeconomic information.

Adrian Rico

UNIAMAZ - Biophysical component

Adrian Rico

UNIAMAZ - Biophysical component

adricoaristizabal@gmail.com
Agro-ecological engineer, Masters in Agroforestry. Helping to create a methodology for sampling of soils, macro fauna and the surveying of (forest) boundaries and coverage.

Katherine Angel

UNIAMAZ - Social component

Katherine Angel

UNIAMAZ - Social component

kangel0529@gmail.com
Agro-ecological engineer, Masters in Agroforestry. Helping with the construction of tools such as surveys, participatory workshops, and socioeconomic indicators.

Institute SINCHI

Jaime Barrera

SAL-SINCHI Coordinator

Jaime Barrera

SAL-SINCHI Coordinator

jbarrera@sinchi.org.co
PhD in Biological Sciences, 20 years of scientific research experience in the Colombian Amazonia in biodiversity and conservation, crop physiology, ecological physiology, plant adaptations and stress, and productive landscapes and systems.

Sandra Castro

SINCHI

Sandra Castro

Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon – IIAP

Dennis del Castillo

SAL-IIAP Coordinator in Peru

Dennis del Castillo

SAL-IIAP Coordinator in Peru

ddelcastillo@iiap.org.pe
Dr. Dennis del Castillo is the Director of the Terrestrial Research Program at IIAP. He is an agronomic engineer with a Doctorate and Masters both focused in Agronomy, and over 30 years of global and local experience working with environmental issues, particularly related to forests.

Eurídice Honorio

IIAP - Carbon Sequestration

Eurídice Honorio

IIAP - Carbon Sequestration

ehonorio@iiap.org.pe
Doctorate from the University of Leeds. Research experience in Amazonian forests, vegetation and carbon inventories, tree species determination, molecular data processing, and populations phylogeography and genetics.

Luis Alberto Arevalo

IIAP - Agroforestry systems

Luis Alberto Arevalo

IIAP - Agroforestry systems

larevalol@iiap.org.pe

Reynaldo Solis

IIAP - SAL Coordinator in Yurimaguas

Reynaldo Solis

IIAP - SAL Coordinator in Yurimaguas

rsolis@iiap.org.pe
Biologist with experience in tropical crops and sustainable development in the Amazon.

National University Agrarian La Molina – UNALM

Julio Cesar Alegre

SAL-UNALM Coordinator in Peru

Julio Cesar Alegre

SAL-UNALM Coordinator in Peru

jalegre@lamolina.edu.pe
Experience in research, education, and extension work in the management of tropical soils and the restoration of degraded soils with continuous crop systems, grasses, and agroforestry.

Ceila Paquita Lao

UNALM - Soils

Ceila Paquita Lao

UNALM - Soils

ceipaqui@gmail.com
Engineer in Renewable Natural Resources and Masters in Soils. Work experience in the application of methodologies for the physical and chemical analysis of soils, the evaluation of conservation projects, and the management of soils in agroforestry systems.

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research – PIK

Dr. J. Kropp

SAL-PIK Focal Point

Dr. J. Kropp

SAL-PIK Focal Point

kropp@pik-potsdam.de
Professor Dr. Kropp is the Deputy Chair of Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities at PIK and Director of Studies of Sustainability at Urstein University of Applied Sciences. He has over 25 years of experience in scientific studies oriented towards climate change and impact.

Prajal Pradhan

PIK - Climate Impacts & Vulnerabilities

Prajal Pradhan

PIK - Climate Impacts & Vulnerabilities

pradhan@pik-potsdam.de
Experience in conducting research in the fields of agriculture, food security, climate change, socioecological systems, ecosystem services, biodiversity, and sustainability.

Wei Weng

PIK - Ecosystem services evaluation

Wei Weng

PIK - Ecosystem services evaluation

weiweng@pik-potsdam.de
PhD student, Sustainable South America (SUSA). Research Interests: Land surface processes, Land-atmosphere interaction, Regional climate, Geomorphology, Natural hazards, Global climate change

Desiree Dörr

PIK - Livelihoods

Desiree Dörr

PIK - Livelihoods

doerr@pik-potsdam.de
PhD student , M.Sc. Applied Physical Geography.

David Landholm

PIK - GHG Emissions

David Landholm

PIK - GHG Emissions

landholm@pik-potsdam.de

Student Researchers

Marcela Beltran

CIAT - Analysis of vulnerability to climate change

Marcela Beltran

CIAT - Analysis of vulnerability to climate change

marcebelt@gmail.com
Experienced in topics of biodiversity conservation and vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. Her thesis consists of evaluating exposure, vulnerability and ethno-entomological knowledge for the creation of adaptation strategies.

Ana Maria Ospina

CIAT - Socioeconomic analysis

Ana Maria Ospina

CIAT - Socioeconomic analysis

a.ospina@cgiar.org
Economics student. Experience as a research assistant in the group Regional and Environmental Economics, and as a monitor in the economics program.

Ervin Duran

UNIAMAZ - Identification of termites

Ervin Duran

UNIAMAZ - Identification of termites

ervinduranb@gmail.com
Establishment of indicators from termites as ecosystem services.

Victor Hugo Calderon

UNIAMAZ - Economic component

Victor Hugo Calderon

UNIAMAZ - Economic component

vcalderonsoto@gmail.com
Agro-ecological engineer, Masters in Agroforestry. Responsible for the surveying of socioeconomic information from Morelia-Caqueta municipal.

Leonardo Rodríguez

UNIAMAZ - Soil physics and macrofauna

Leonardo Rodríguez

UNIAMAZ - Soil physics and macrofauna

l.rodriguezsuarez@outlook.com
Agro-ecological engineer, Masters in Agroforestry. Support in the classification of physical properties and identification of macrofauna.

Lised Guaca

UNIAMAZ - Chemistry and biochemistry of soils

Lised Guaca

UNIAMAZ - Chemistry and biochemistry of soils

lisedguacacruz@gmail.com
Chemist, Masters student in Agroforestry. Responsible for the development of a standardization in methods of the chemical and biochemical analysis of soils in eco-physiological laboratories.

Ginna Zuñiga

UNIAMAZ - Chemistry and biochemistry of soils

Ginna Zuñiga

UNIAMAZ - Chemistry and biochemistry of soils

ginnamarcela018@gmail.com
Food engineer. Responsible for the development of a standardization in methods of the chemical and biochemical analysis of soils in eco-physiological laboratories.

Norma Castaño

UNIAMAZ - Food science determination of forages

Norma Castaño

UNIAMAZ - Food science determination of forages

normitacastano@gmail.com
Medical veterinarian and zootechnician, Masters student in Agroforestry.

Diego Losada

UNIAMAZ - Food science determination of forages

Diego Losada

UNIAMAZ - Food science determination of forages

pachevomvz@hotmail.com
Medical veterinarian and zootechnician, Masters student in sustainable production systems.

Sthefania Benavides

UNIAMAZ - Chemistry and biochemistry of soils

Sthefania Benavides

UNIAMAZ - Chemistry and biochemistry of soils

sthefania.benavidesc@gmail.com
Agroforestry engineer, Masters student in sustainable production systems, development of a standardization in methods of the chemical and biochemical analysis of soils in eco-physiological laboratories.

Jhon Eduar Noriega

UNIAMAZ - Chemistry and biochemistry of soils

Jhon Eduar Noriega

UNIAMAZ - Chemistry and biochemistry of soils

eduarliver908@hotmail.com
Agro-ecological engineer, responsible for the production of organic fertilizers and involved in the determination of physical and chemical soil properties.

Amara Contreras

UNIAMAZ - Chemistry and biochemistry of soils

Amara Contreras

UNIAMAZ - Chemistry and biochemistry of soils

amaratatisq2011@hotmail.com
Agro-ecological engineering student, involved in the determination of physical and chemical soil properties.