Professional development seminar on Managing ecosystem services from Tropical forests
Understanding ecosystem functioning is fundamental to preserve the goods and services necessary for human populations. This is particularly critical in Latin America, where high population’s densities are concentrated in urban areas, poverty incidence is high in rural areas and managing ecosystems is very complex. Tropical forests are among the most important providers of goods and services and are the basis for the livelihoods of millions of people worldwide. There is a great need for training managers, policy makers, and scientists to help quantify and manage ecosystem services, as well as for learning from local communities and decision-makers that have gained significant experience on designing and carrying out conservation programs across the Americas.