Universidad del Valle de Guatemala



Edwin J Castellanos is Dean of the Instituto de Investigaciones at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. In addition to being an MRI SLC Member, he is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, the External Advisory Council for WWF Latin America, and the Alliance for Climatic Resilience in Rural Latin America. He also represents the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala at the National Council for Climate Change, the highest decision making body on climate change issues for Guatemala.

He served as a Lead Author on the 5th IPCC Assessment Report and as Coordinating Lead Author for the 6th IPCC Assessment Report chapter on Central and South America (Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability). He also participated at COP 21 in Paris in December 2015 as Guatemala’s National Commissioner on Climate Change.

Edwin J Castellanos promoted the creation, and served for three years as the Secretary, of the Guatemalan System for Climate Change Sciences, a network of research centres that provides scientific advice to decision makers. He received the National Medal for Science and Technology in 2016, and was a Global Visiting Scholar at RTI International (USA) in 2017, conducting research on water modelling.

Research Interests

Keywords: Climate Change, Adaptation, Carbon Sequestration, Deforestation, Indigenous Communities.

Edwin J Castellanos has over 20 years of research experience in natural resource management and environmental sanitation, particularly in the area of climate change. Through his research, he seeks to explore climate change adaptation among rural communities, and understand processes of land-use change – particularly deforestation. His research also looks at carbon offset projects as a means of reducing deforestation and increasing the adaptation capacities of local communities.


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