CATHALAC Study Abroad Program 2011 Closing Ceremony

The Research and Study Abroad Program on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean celebrated the closing ceremony of its Study Abroad Program 2011, organized by the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC), inside room 102 of the Convention Center at the City of Knowledge.

After the welcoming words of Osvaldo Jordan, Academic Coordinator at CATHALAC, the students from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the University of British Columbia and the University of Texas, presented their research findings after two months of data collection and analysis, interviews and site visits throughout Panama.

The investigations focused in the following subjects: Analyzing Taboga Island’s Water Shortage, Extreme Weather Events and Vulnerable Communities in Eastern Panama, Implementing Precision Agriculture in Central America, Precipitation Effects on Sugar Cane Production at Ingenio Santa Rosa during El Niño, The Challenge of Saccharum Spontaneum in the Canal Watershed and Pacific Fisheries Vulnerability.

Thanks to initiatives such as these, Panamanian communities will be benefited due to the exhaustive research work of students who are very capable of finding real solutions to problems that affect all human beings.