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Project Q.1.a - Achotines Laboratory support of Yale University’s Environmental Leadership Training Initiative (ELTI) in Panama

01 Apr 2018 - 31 Mar 2022

Program(s) in charge: Early-life History Group
Funded
Objectives
To support the ELTI objectives of facilitating cooperation, training and research on the conservation, rehabilitation and restoration of forest lands and watersheds in Panama, and to conserve coastal and marine living resources and ecosystems
Background
  • The Yale-ELTI Program has been holding training workshops at the Achotines Laboratory for several years and has created a teaching trail in the Achotines Forest which is a key component of their training workshops
  • To demonstrate good stewardship of the Achotines Forest and surrounding watershed, the Achotines Laboratory has expanded its support of the ELTI Program and will serve as the host center for the ELTI Program and training workshops
  • The ELTI training workshops have no footprint on the tuna research facilities at the Achotines Laboratory, and are restricted to the Laboratory conference center and the Achotines Forest
Relevance for management
The Achotines Laboratory support of the ELTI Program in Panama provides an important contribution to regional watershed restoration and conservation of coastal ecosystems in Panama
Duration
4 years
Workplan and status
April 2018-March 2022: Four training courses will be held each year at the Achotines Laboratory, with ELTI affiliates coordinating periodic updates and annual technical reports of activities
External collaborators
Yale University, ELTI Program
Deliverables
  • Presentations for SAC-09, SAC-10 and SAC-11
  • Annual technical reports prepared by ELTI affiliates
Updated date: 01 Mar 2022
Progress summary for the reporting period
Ten training courses, focused on the conservation, rehabilitation and restoration of forest lands and watersheds in Panama, were held annually at the Achotines Laboratory during April 2019-March 2022. An agreement has been finalized to continue the Achotines-ELTI initiative for the period of April 2022 through September 2022.
  • Brief summaries of this initiative were included in presentations at SAC-09 and SAC-10. 
  • An ELTI technical report covering the April 2019-March 2020 period was completed.
Comments
This initiative has been very successful. The Yale/ELTI Program has continued its focus on training for reforestation without any footprint on the tuna research facilities of the Achotines Laboratory. The IATTC has promoted good stewardship of the Achotines forest and is supporting watershed restoration and conservation of coastal ecosystems in Panama.