Conservation International (CI) is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in the Washington DC Area (USA). Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity. CI has 25 years of experience in the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services through implementation of scientifically sound projects on the ground and influence of policy through stakeholder engagement in over 30 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Two divisions within CI (Science and Knowledge and CI-Colombia), will oversee the scientific and technical contribution to this consortium. The Science and Knowledge (S+K) Division (earlier known as Center for Applied Biodiversity Science) conducts applied, policy-relevant science to support the overall mission of the organization in implementing conservation actions to support human well-being. The program consists of >60 scientists, with expertise in Conservation Biology, Ecosystem Science, Climate Change, Environmental Economics, Geography, Rural sociology, Remote Sensing, and Ecosystem Modeling, among others. The program’s research focuses on understanding the provision of ecosystem services and their contribution to human well-being by enhancing food security, increasing water security, regulating climate change, and contributing to health security. The program partners with a large number of local universities, NGOs, government agencies and global initiatives, and publishes more than one hundred publications annually, including high impact journals, books and policy briefs. The CI-Colombia program, based in Bogota, Colombia, is focused on improving national conservation and management of natural ecosystems and ecosystem services using a combination of science, policy and field work. CI-Colombia works on the ground with a variety of stakeholders, including over 30 indigenous communities and development and production sectors, such as coffee producers in Valle and Santander and local fisheries. CI-Colombia has a track record of influencing national level adaptation and mitigation strategies, payments for ecosystem services strategies, as well as national water policy in the Second National Communication to the Climate Change Convention, and is currently providing support to the government on its National Development Plan. CI- Colombia also works closely with dozens of local research and academic institutions and local NGO partners, including the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Instituto Amazónico de Investigaciones Científicas (SINCHI), among others. In addition, it has close relationships with policy-making bodies such as the Ministry of Environment and the National Planning Department (DNP). With 20 years of experience in the region, CI-Colombia is well positioned to lead field work in the lower Caquetá River region located in the Department of Amazonas.
Dr Miroslav Honzak
Leads ASSETS Participatory GIS modeling & Land cover analysis
Miroslav Honzák received his Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Wales, Swansea, UK, following the completion of a D.I.C. and M.Sc. in Remote Sensing jointly at Imperial College in London and University College in London. Dr. Honzák has a wide-range of experience in the field of Remote Sensing of natural resources and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), with a focus on monitoring and measuring forest resources, socio-economic analyses and more recently on modeling scenarios of viable conservation corridors and mapping and valuating hydrological services.