The Center for Environmental Studies and Biodiversity –CEAB- (in Spanish), aims to find solutions to the environmental problems of Guatemala with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach, under the concept of fairness and respect for life.
It was founded in 1972 by PhD. Margaret Dix, who served as Director of the Department of Biology of the UVG. Initially the studies conducted were focused on the investigation of the ecological dynamics of the different biomes of Guatemala, but for the last 10 years, has built a multidisciplinary approach between social and environmental sciences to understand the national socio-environmental problem and to offer viable solutions for managing the environment and natural resources.
The CEAB has extensive experience in implementing joint projects with governmental and non-governmental organizations in the field of natural resource management. Some of the aid workers in current research projects include: USAID, FCG, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources MARN, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food-MAGA, the National Institute of Forestry-INAB, the National Council of Protected Areas CONAP, The Resources Nature Conservancy-TNC, Best Vivamos Association, Defenders of Nature Foundation FDN, Sotz'il Association, Foundation for Development and Eco-Conservation-FUNDAECO, Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Anywhere-CARE, Rainforest Alliance-RA, among others.
In 2009, the directing counsil of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala takes the decision to join two related research areas: transdisciplinary efforts of the Center for Environmental Studies, and the biological and ecological studies of the Herbarium and the Systematic Entomology Laboratory. Dra. Elfriede Pöll was appointed as Co-Director in charge of the herbarium, Dr. Jack Schuster of the Systematic Entomology Laboratory, and Dr. Edwin Castellanos remains as Co-Director in charge of the Center for Environmental Studies.
The Center for Environmental Studies and Biodiversity generates, collects, and shares scientific environmental information with a multidisciplinary approach respecting the multicultural nature of Guatemala by establishing dialogue with communities, organizations and other stakeholders in the search for agreements for an adequate management of natural resources and the environment.
To be recognized nationally and internationally for its leadership in generating and sharing scientific knowledge that contributes to the reduction of environmental problems and the maintenance of ecological processes that benefit humans.