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27 MAY 2015

The designation of CICA as a Collaborating Centre confirms IAEA involvement in the Latin American region

Designation of CICA as a Collaborating Centre

Univeristy of Costa Rica Rector Henning Jensen receives the plaque confirming CICA status as Collaborative Centre from IAEA Food safety specialist James Sasanya

On the 24th April 2015, the Centro de Investigación en Contaminación Ambiental (CICA), of the University of Costa Rica was re-designated as an IAEA collaborating centre. It is the third time that CICA has been recognized as such and confirms its importance as a regional key partner that supports e-Learning and accelerated capacity building for food and environmental protection.

The IAEA Collaborating Centres Scheme is a system that provides the IAEA with a mechanism to designate eligible IAEA Member State institutions as partners that assist the IAEA in implementing its programmatic activities. It was initiated by the IAEA Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications in 2004 in the acknowledgement of the IAEA Member State’s expanding scientific and technical capabilities.

CICA has been collaborating with IAEA since 2006 in the area of food security, environmental protection, water resources management and human health.

During the ceremony, in which CICA received a plaque indicating its designation as an IAEA collaborating centre, the University Rector, Professor Dr Henning Jensen Pennington, expressed his gratitude for IAEA’s support and the collaboration that has taken place between the two institutions over the past years allowing the development of many national and regional projects. Mr Sasanya, from IAEA’s Food and Agriculture Division then highlighted the main aspects of the Costa Rican projects that focus on: sustainable development and ecosystem protection, environmental contamination analysis, the use of pesticides, soil erosion and waste management and the importance of the collaborative centre scheme. To conclude, CICA Director Manuel Jiménez, underscored the importance and impact of these projects and their importance to the Latin American region as a whole.

This re-designation event reconfirms the position of CICA as one of the 4 majors IAEA Collaborating Centres in Latin America, the others ones being the ‘Programa Moscas de la Fruta ‘(‘Fruit Flies Programme’) in the area of Development and Application of the SIT for Fruit Fly Area‐Wide Integrated Pest Management in Mexico; the newly designated ‘Companhia de Pesquisa de Recursos Minerais (CPRM), Geological Survey’ of Brazil in the area of Water Resources Assessment and Management and the ‘Laboratorio de Biotecnología Animal’ (‘Laboratory of Animal Biotechnology’) in the area of Animal Genomics and Bioinformation in Brazil.

Regarding future activities that denote its growing influence, CICA was also selected to organize and host the 6th Latin American Pesticide Residue Workshop in 2017 in Costa Rica. On this occasion, the Food and Environmental Protection Laboratory, in collaboration with the ‘Red Analitica de Latino America y el Caribe’ (RALACA ‘Analytical Latin American and Caribbean Network’) and other partners, are planning to organize a technical workshop. RALACA will also use this opportunity and hold its second general meeting where all members are invited to attend.

Find more information on CICA: cica.ucr.ac.cr and RALACA: www.red-ralaca.net and on this event bit.ly/1S7qKJY

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