Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE)


1) To create synergy effect through joint researches on the development of the methodology for evaluating forest ecosystem services and their values

2) To increase cross-border biodiversity based on the analysis on the biodiversity of temperate, subtropical and tropical forest zones

3) To establish international joint network among nations possessing resources and technologies to facilitate utilizing the sustainable forest biomass

  • Period : 2011∼Current
  • Method : International Contribution
  • Background : MOU between CATIE-KFRI (24 Sep. 2011)
  • Details and Output

1) An analysis on the background and operation status of the payment system for forest environmental system in Costa Rica
2) A study on changing aspects of the forest ecosystem service and phases according to climate change
3) A study on developing technologies to produce clone seedlings based on the biotechnology
4) A study on identifying possibilities of woody biomass in Central America to be utilized as a new energy resource and on developing conversion technology of tropical wood energy

Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE). Consist of Project No., Contents
Project No. Contents
  • Subjects: Operational cases of the payment system for forest environmental services (PES) in Costa Rica with experts and participants
    • Experts: CATIE, FONAFIFO, SINAC, ONF, etc.
    • Participants: Customers (person or group), Providers (forest owners)
  • Contents: Overview, background, condition, example of PES, etc.
  • Conducted researches on vegetation and soil properties of 28 research sites (50m×50m) by each above sea level (300m, 1,200m, 2000m, 2,900m)
  • Launched a research on litter decomposition: 4 altitude levels × 3 repeats × 10 tree species × 10 times and 2 times of sampling × researches (a total of 2,400 units)
  • Wrote a review paper on effective factors for litter decomposition of tropical tree species
  • Selected plus tress based on the tree height and straightness: Teak and Gmelina arborea
  • Induced rejuvenation through the physical and chemical treatment
  • Conducted cutting and grafting
  • Conducted a test for rationalization of incubating condition: Teak, Gmelina arborea, and Cedrela odorata
  • Researched on the utilization status of forest resources in Costa Rica
  • Reviewed the research trend of bioenergy on:
    • Manufacturing pellet utilizing various kinds of biomass
    • Manufacturing Jatropha biodiesel
  • Collected illustrated plant book on native tree species in Costa Rica
    • A total of 44 species including Cedrela odorate
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