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CLOC Conectaté-A+

About the project

Conéctate A+ is a research collaboration hub in the Tropical Andes and Central America region focused on climate change, ecosystems, and health in view of sustainable development. Conéctate A+ functions as a ‘network of networks,’ drawing on the existing networks coordinated and led by MRI and CONDESAN, as well as combining new partnerships.

Conéctate A+ (to be translated as: connect yourself to the Tropical Andes and Central America region) brings together a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise from Switzerland and the Tropical Andes and Central America region. In terms of research and teaching, Conéctate A+ will draw on existing thematic expertise and progressively expand the scope of topics according to bottom-up processes and interests of the respective communities in Switzerland and the Tropical Andes and Central America region.

Among its proposed activities, Conéctate A+ will foster collaborative exchange among the CLOC partners in the Tropical Andes and Central America region and Switzerland via an online platform. The platform will also fulfil a broader function as a broker for the ‘network of networks’ and node for research and collaboration on ecosystems, climate change, and health in the Tropical Andes and Central America region. Other activities to be offered through Conéctate A+ to the local research communities will include capacity-building and ‘training for trainers’ programs, a small grants program for synthesis workshops and research collaborations, and other events.

For other and new SUDAC members with interest to collaborate thematically on climate change, ecosystems, and/or health in the Tropical Andes and Central America region, Conéctate A+ provides the opportunity to join and be part of the network as an Associate member and thereby be eligible to participate in the many activities on offer.

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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