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CLOC Conectaté-A+

About the project

Conéctate-A+ responds to an urgent need for and the setting up of a hub in the Andes+ region that fosters effective collaborative research with an integrated approach, allowing a more systematic and long-term effort to address research knowledge needs and gaps on sustainable development. Conéctate-A+ functions as a regional research collaboration hub and ‘network or networks’, largely drawn from the existing networks coordinated and led by MRI and CONDESAN, as well as combining new partnerships.

Conéctate-A+ brings together a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise from Switzerland and Latin America. The CLOC Conéctate-A+ (to be translated as: connect yourself to the Andes+ region) aims at setting up a hub in the Tropical Andes and Central America region (Andes+), to address research on and for sustainable development and global change. In terms of research and teaching, Conéctate-A+ will draw on existing thematic expertise and networks initially focusing on climate change, health and sustainable development, and progressively expand the scope of topics according to bottom-up processes and interests of the respective communities in Switzerland and the Andes+.

Among the proposed activities, Conéctate-A+ will foster a collaborative exchange between the CLOC partners in the Andes+ region, as well as coordinate and set up an online platform to facilitate this collaboration and provide a service point for knowledge management and collaboration between institutions in Switzerland and the Andes+ region. The platform will also fulfil a broader function as a broker for the ‘network of networks’ and node for research and collaboration on sustainable development in the Andes+ region. Other activities to be offered through Conéctate-A+ to the local research communities, will include capacity-building and ‘training for trainers’ programs, small grants program for synthesis workshops and research collaborations, and other events.

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Partner Institutions

Swiss partners

Mountain Research Initiative, University of Bern

Dr. Carolina Adler

Department of Geography, University of Zurich

Prof. Dr. Christian Huggel

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (TPH)/ University of Basel

Prof. Jakob Mäusezahl, Dr. Daniel Mäusezahl

Weather and Climate Risks, ETH Zürich

Prof. David Bresch

School of Agriculture, Bern University of Applied Sciences

Dr. Christine Jurt

Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern

Dr. Andreas Heinimann, Prof. Thomas Breu


South partners

CONDESAN, Lima, Peru

Maria, Argüello, M.A.

Department of Geography, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL), Bogotá

Prof. Daniel Pabón

School of Sciences and Philosophy, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH)

Prof. Armando Valdés-Velásquez, Prof. Stella Hartinger

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP),

Prof. Augusto Castro, Prof. Luis Mujica

Universidad Centroamericana ‘José Simeón Cañas’ (UCA), San Salvador

Prof. Mauricio Pohl, Prof. Carlos Juárez

CARE, Lima, Peru

Karen Price