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Environmental Science and Policy Program

Environmental Science and Policy Program

The Environmental Sciences and Policy program (ESP) of OTS has a long history of offering courses broadly designated as courses for decision-makers and courses related to environmental policy. The program began in 1988 to directly support OTS’ mission of promoting responsible natural resource use in the tropics through education. The program has supported biodiversity conservation and sustainability of natural systems and resources by training strategically positioned individuals within the public, private, and non-governmental sectors, whose decisions affect tropical systems.

ESP courses are a site-based, structured mix of ecological principles, conservation issues and tools, and policy context. The goal of training is to equip participants with a science-based framework for decision and action that takes account of implications for natural systems.

Cambio climático: ciencia, políticas públicas, casos de estudio y acción

¿Cuándo? 14 al 22 de noviembre, 2022

¿Dónde? Costa Rica

El cambio climático afecta al planeta y todas las personas de múltiples formas: por el calentamiento del planeta, el aumentos en los niveles de los mares, la acidificación de los océanos, el blanqueamiento de los corales, el aumento en los incendios forestales, la disminución de los glaciares, temperaturas extremas y la contaminación del aire. Es por eso que la OET preparó este curso dirigido a personas tomadoras de decisión para generar capacidades que les permitan comprender la ciencia detrás del cambio climático, así como viejas y actuales políticas públicas relacionadas al cambio climático – y los políticos detrás de ellas.

Water: A Critical and Imperiled Global Resources 

When? December 3rd to 10th, 2022

Where? Costa Rica

Every aspect of our planet’s health and the existence of human and non-human communities depends on water, and yet the earth’s fresh water and ocean resources are under increasingly serious threat. This course will explore the biggest threats to global water resources and the potential policy solutions to protect them. Altogether with the participants, we will explore the socioeconomic implications of water contamination and the lack of public policies to protect this resource, as well as the consequences for social justice, equity, and political instability.