Meeting with the Assistant-Director-General, FAO with CZU representatives

On October 22th 2019, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague was hosting a meeting with Mr. René Castro Salazar, Assistant-Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and leader of the Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department.

The highlights of the meeting were introducing CZU and links between the university and FAO and exploring ways for collaboration in future. The meeting attendants also discussed the possibilities for doctoral students to participate in research activities and internships in FAO. As the main topics for possible cooperation between the two institutions, we identified hydrologic extremes, land biodiversity, challenges in forestry management, food security, climate change and its impact on farmers worldwide. CZU has been engaging with FAO through several activities on a long-term basis, e.g. regular contributions to Family Farming Knowledge Platform (FFKP), coordination of YPARD Europe or participation on METROFOOD-RI etc.

Meeting attendees:
Jiří Jílek, Permanent Representative to the UN Organizations Patrick Kalas, Capacity Development Expert, FAO Ing. Michal Kulík, Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic
Faculty of Environmental Sciences: doc. Ing. Martin Hanel, Ph.D., doc. Ing. Kateřina Berchová, Ph.D., Ing. Lidia Constanza Betancourt Macuase
Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences: doc. Ing. Jan Banout, Ph.D., doc. Ing. Bohdan Lojka, Ph.D., Ing. Vladmír Verner, Ph.D.
Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences: prof. Ing. Róbert Marušák, Ph.D.
Faculty of Economics and Management: prof. PhDr. Michal Lošťák, Ph.D
Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources: doc. Ing. Pavel Klouček, Ph.D., doc. Ing. Jaroslav Havlík, Ph.D.
International Relations Office, Rectorate: prof. PhDr. Michal Lošťák, Ph.D., Ing. Libuše Valešová, Ph.D., Ing. Hynek Roubík, Ph.D.

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