When today one speaks of bioeconomy in Colombia, the reference is ALCUE NET


based on an interview with Rafael Aramendis and Adriana Castaño from SURICATA S.A.S., Colombia.

Rafael Aramendis works for the Colombian consultancy SURICATA SAS. The company was in charge of realizing a series of case studies for ALCUE NET for the topic of Bioeconomy in Colombia.
Rafael sees a clear maturation of Bioeconomy as a field of research and business in Colombia since the start of the ALCUE NET project. According to him there is now consciousness for the topic on the political level. Bioeconomy is being discussed by gover...

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ALCUE NET drives media coverage on Bioeconomy in Central America


Informed by Ricardo Esmahán, columnist for the online newspaper El Diario de Hoy and Ex-Minister for Economy from el Salvador

Ricardo Esmahán from el Salvador is a faithful believer that Bioeconomy is the only alternative to achieve decarbonization of economies. He set himself an ambitious goal to incorporate Bioeconomy as a new concept in public policy in the region of Central America as there is yet little knowledge on Bioeconomy in the region.

Anyway, the Paris Agreement from December 2015 will increase the relevance of Bioeconomy on the continent and it is ...

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Developing a common understanding for local effects of Climate Change


Based on an interview with Rasmus Benestad, Norwegian Met Service

Rasmus Benestad was invited to the ALCUE NET / CORDEX Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change in Bogotá in September 2015.

The event provided him with the opportunity to get connected with a new community, after all Mr. Benestad had not been active in cooperation with Latin America before.

For him, not only did the event connect researchers from two world regions, but also from different research communities: Biologists, Sociologists and Climate Researchers...

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It is tremendously important that ALCUE NET is committed to strengthening the link between biodiversity and climate change


based on an interview with Carlos Ereño, Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, University of Buenos Aires

Carlos Ereño is convinced that ALCUE NET has already made essential contributions to bringing the bi-regional cooperation in biodiversity and climate change (WP5) forward.

In a first step, ALCUE NET thematic workshops have achieved to establish a link between scientists who work in climate change and those working in biodiversity. A link that is historically weak, but very fundamental. In biodiversity a lot of climate scena...

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EU cooperation projects reduce fragmentation in biodiversity research


based on an interview with Klaus Riede, Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK), Germany

Klaus Riede participated as speaker/participant in the ALCUE NET Workshop on Biodiversity in Santa Marta (Colombia).  For him, the participation in the workshop was interesting and worthwhile, because he could intensify valuable contacts. Especially interesting was for him a presentation on the World Meteorology Organisation (WMO) and their monitoring system. For Mr. Riede it was the first time to get in touch with this scientific community and he found the co...

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ALCUE NET achieves progress on consolidation in bioeconmy


Based on an interview with Eduardo Trigo, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Argentina (MINCyT), International Relations Directorate

For Edurado Trigo ALCUE NET is most importantly an instrument for the advancement of CELAC - EU cooperation in key areas. In his specific area of interest, bioeconomy, the project already resulted in the consolidation of bioeconomy concepts and strategies in the CELAC region. In his opinion the project is contributing to set RTI cooperation into a broader political context and “that is good”, particularly ...

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MICITT Costa Rica conducted awareness-raising activities to promote STI cooperation with the European Union.


The Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (MICITT), through the International Cooperation Unit (UCI) have been promoting info days about research and innovation cooperation options, capacity building, matchmaking and join activities with partners from the EU-LAC region.

These info days bought together private enterprises; universities and the public sector interested in formulate projects on the EU priority areas (Biodiversity and Climate Change, Energy, Bioeconomy and Health). In that sense, they were trained on cooperation opportunities such as ALCUE NET, Horizon ...

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ALCUE NET events enable actions in Bolivia


based on an interview with Lucio Alejo Espinoza, Ph.D., Director of the Centre for Agroindustrial Technology (UMSS) and Bolivian NCP for Renewable Energy

Mr. Lucio Alejo participated as Bolivian expert in 2 Energy related ALCUE NET events in Mexico and Argentina. For him, the participation in the events was highly valuable as it enabled concrete new partnerships and new joint research actions in the energy field. Thanks to the workshop on Geothermal Energy in Salta (AR) Mr. Lucio Alejo made first contacts with European researchers and got especially interested in fu...

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"ALCUE NET allows to connect things which otherwise wouldn’t get connected"


based on an interview with Gonzalo Arenas S. (Director International Relations) and Trinidad García Santa María (Coordinator Program International Cooperation) from CONICYT Chile

Gonzalo Arenas sees the big benefit of a project like ALCUE NET in the possibility to create synergies between different cooperation projects and initiatives (at national level or bi-regional level) which augment their impact by complementing each other: “ALCUE NET allows to connect things which otherwise wouldn’t get connected”. At the same ...

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