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Centro del Agua del Trópico Húmedo para América Latina y El Caribe (CATHALAC)
Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean

CATHALAC, established in 1992, is an autonomous non-profit international organization that promotes sustainable development through applied scientific research and education on water resources and the environment.

Action Pledge:  Regional Visualization and Monitoring System (SERVIR) (received in August 2008)

The purpose of this project is to develop regional capacity in the use of satellite-based monitoring and forecasting applications for improved adaptation to climate change, at the level of Mesoamerica and the Caribbean.

SERVIR is a regional visualization and monitoring system that integrates satellite and other geospatial data for improved scientific knowledge and decision making by managers, researchers, students, and the general public. SERVIR addresses the societal benefit areas of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS): disasters, ecosystems, biodiversity, weather, water, climate, oceans, health, agriculture and energy.

This pledge contributes to the areas of work: 
- Methods and tools;
- Data and observations;
- Climate modelling, scenarios and downscaling;
- Climate-related risks and extreme events;
- Technologies for adaptation.

pdf-icon Action Pledge (26 kB)

Action Pledge:  Regional Masters Degree in Climate Change (received in August 2009)

The Regional Master’s degree in Climate Change at CATHALAC is a programme designed from the Latin American reality perspective in order to train professionals capable of developing solutions to reduce vulnerability, propose adaptation measures and mitigation strategies customized to the local context.  Additionally, participants will be able to create long‐term sustainable development projects, through application of in‐depth knowledge acquired on the evolving global socio-economic context, and international negotiations and related mechanisms.    

This pledge contributes to the areas of work: 
- Methods and tools;
- Data and observations;
- Climate related risks and extreme events;
- Adaptation planning and practices;
- Climate modeling, scenarios and downscaling;
- Technologies for adaptation.

pdf-icon Action Pledge (113 kB)

Action pledge update (September 2009)

The following was provided as a contribution to and is summarised in the Nairobi work programme publication "Action pledges: Making a difference on the ground. A synthesis of outcomes, good practices, lessons learned, and future challenges and opportunities"

Improving the provision of climate data and information
pdf-icon Knowledge-Sharing and Overcoming Information Barriers through the Implementation of the Regional Visualization & Monitoring System (623 kB)







Full list of supporting organizations

pdf-icon Introductory note by CATHALAC (44 kB)

pdf-icon Article on SERVIR in GEO publication The Full Picture (95 kB)

Video on SERVIR

Regional Masters Degree in Climate Change