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After the IV International Course: Conservation Biology in Latin America

During the first week of August the IV International course: Introduction to Conservation Biology in Latin America took place at Tirimbina, which had 30 participants from 11 Latin-American countries. Here you can read what the participants can say about their experience.

jorge cortes

For the third time, Bernal Rodriguez had invited me to the Conservation course at Tirimbina.I appreciate this invitation because everytime that I participate I learn more about conservation biology and what is happening in Latin America. On the other side, give a lecture about marine conservation to a group of students and colleagues oriented in their majority to terrestrial ecosystems is being a challenge, which has forced me to read more and think more about the subject. Between a relax, semi-informal and friendly environment we develop depth discussions about biology, conservation, environmental policy and academic life. Bernal, Rodrigo and Dadao, thanks!.

Jorge Cortés.

 Invited professor. Research Center on Marine Science and Limnology(CIMAR) , and Biology School, University of Costa Rica.

More than 20 interesting and intense lectures, full of real stories and experiences, 7 excellent professionals and scientists providing and sharing experience and knowledge; 12 scientific papers were read, understood, exposed and defended; 5 debates of current controversies; 30 lucky participants from 11 different countries; many lessons for professional, academic and personal life; all this in only 7 days in a place that knows how to combine scientific research, education and the beauty of tropical rainforest with sustainable tourism, to make conservation a reality. For mi this unforgettable experience has meant a lot in my personal and professional life, but above all a big challenge, a big commitment to work and work and work tirelessly and relentlessly for biodiversity conservation.

Kateryn S. Pino.



There is nothing more rewarding than participate in a course that gives you the opportunity to question yourself and discover that exist a lot of aspects of your profession that you haven’t considered, maybe because of lack of knowledge about it. At first sight, for too many, Conservation Biology seems to be a not complex discipline, but I have founded the opposite, it gathers a lot of scientific, social and ethic components. For example, as a result of participate in this course I brought with me thoughts like: is important to question yourself in order to generate new ideas, we must disclose the information, not only to the scientific community but also to people around the study sites, conservation is step by step and every effort take us closer to our main goal; to reach conservation we have to be willing to be engaged and determine the intelligent and objective way to make decisions, we can apply scientific knowledge to conservation priorities and generate new methods that allow us to measure the effects on ecosystems and biodiversity; among others. This experience creates on me an impulse to work for a clear and concrete objective, which has too many opportunities and possibilities but that with every effort you can reach too many changes. I can say that as a result of this course, I feel a compromise to apply my knowledge, the one I have and the one I will get on the future, to conservation. I am fully grateful with the professors and coordinators of this course, their job has been inspiring. Finally, it was interesting to meet different people from Latin America and learn from them, because everyone shared their knowledge.

Valentina Gómez


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