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Science Matter Bulletin publicize the activities and achievements of marine scientific activity in Central America and researches conducted in the marine protected areas (MPAs) of the Region. The first issue of Science Matter, published in May 2014, presented an overview of The marine scientific activity in Central America. This second issue, discuss the vision and mission, progress, challenges and socioeconomic benefits of marine sciences in Central America. This contribution highlights how important marine sciences are in the region. The next year's issue, will discuss a biogeographic analysis of the research topics studied and its relationship with the territories covered by marine protected areas.
This issue of Science Matter, shows an overview of the marine scientific activity in Central America based on information from the Internet and scientific articles.
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This report is a response to Vanderbilt University's Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) critique of our report, "Have US-Funded CARSI Programs Reduced Crime and Violence in Central America?" released in September 2016. That September report was an examination of the only publicly accessible impact assessment of USAID-funded anticrime and community-based violence prevention programs carried out under the umbrella of the US State Department's Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). LAPOP took issue with our illustration of certain methodological flaws in LAPOP's study, as well as with the manner in which we presented our conclusions. LAPOP's criticisms appear to be largely based on misunderstanding and misinterpretation of our arguments and fail to address our main findings. The problems with the LAPOP study that we identified still stand, as does the validity of our conclusion: LAPOP's study cannot support the conclusion that intervention caused the areas subject to treatment in the CARSI programs to improve relative to those areas where no intervention took place.