News » CASCADE project offers training materials to facilitate adaptation to Climate Change to Costa Rican coffee producers


The CASCADE project, implemented by CATIE and Conservation International (CI), supports the development of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) for smallholder farmers in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras. A set of training materials was developed within the framework of the project, providing basic information on Climate Change and its impacts on the agricultural sector, and presenting strategies to adapt to Climate Change while maximizing the provision of ecosystem services on farms. The materials are freely accessible on line.​

Each module offers practical information on the application of the concept of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) for technical personnel and farmers. → Module 1 provides an introduction to the basics of climate and Climate Change. The → second module focuses on the impacts of Climate Change on agriculture, possible strategies for Climate Change adaptation and mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. → Module 3 addresses the importance of ecosystems services for agriculture and the → fourth module presents different EbA practices of easy implementation that help address Climate Change.

Within the framework of the NAMA Coffee, the project "Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Smallholder Subsistence and Coffee Farming Communities in Central America" (CASCADE) has a long history of collaborations: in 2015 and 2016, several trainings were offered to technicians of the coffee sector in order to present project developments as well as to introduce the issue of adaptation to the coffee sector. In workshops in Turrialba, Los Santos and Paraíso in October 2015, participants also learned about the → project´s results related to Climate Change adaptation in coffee farms in Los Santos. A second series of trainings held in June 2016 in Puriscal, Valle Occidental and Paraíso focused on the need to adapt to Climate Change to maintain the future suitability and productivity of coffee in Costa Rica, and the importance of → ecosystem services.

onservation International (CI) and the Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) are currently working together to identify and test EbA strategies that can help small farmer communities in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala adapt to Climate Change. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Protection, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) within the framework of the International Climate Initiative (ICI).

For more information on the CASCADE project please contact:

Bárbara Viguera
Coordinator CASCADE project on behalf of CATIE
Researcher, Research Program for Economic and Environmental Development
Research and Development División, CATIE 


Ruth Martínez
Coordinator CASCADE project on behalf of CI
Manager, Climate Change Adaptation in Farming Systems
Moore Center for Science (MCS), Conservation International


Download the CASCADA project´s materials and presentations subsequently: 


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