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ITT Alumni from Germany and Latin America meet in Costa Rica!

From 6th – 10th November, 2017, 32 ITT alumni from Latin America and Germany took part at the Alumni Seminar ITT – DAAD “Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Latin America: Translating Paris” in San Jose at the University of Costa Rica.

During the Seminar, the alumni had the opportunity to present and improve their project proposal of the preceding online phase and to get them evaluated. They also engaged with experts from academia and consulting who presented measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The alumni improved their understanding of the climate change negotiations during the Simulation “UN Climate Change Conference COP”, in which they strived to achieve a global compromise on a new climate change regime. Furthermore, the alumni seminar encompassed two visits to local “Cooperativas” in the Region Santa Maria de Dota. The first, Coopesantos, is a rural electrification cooperative and the second, CoopeDota, a local coffee cooperative, which earned recognition in 2011 as the world’s first carbon neutral coffee producer. Finally, the seminar provided a platform to discuss the concept for future collaboration to formalize the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC)-ITT Alumni network.

Preparing the Project Poster Pitch

Presenting the business case, the idea and financial demands.

The peers as potential donors and investors had to be convinced in the plenum

The peers as potential donors and investors had to be convinced by personal negotiations in an open space format.

Role playing the COP: the complexity sparks a lot of thought

Negotiating collective action: the alumni struggle for their interests and a feasible compromise in the COP role play.

In the clouds: despite the cold weather an interested crowd: facts and figures on wind power in the Coopesantos energy production 

Hard work to harvest coffee in the showcase farm of CoopeDota, the first producer of carbon neutral coffee

Credits: The Alumni seminar in Costa Rica was funded by DAAD.

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