Workshops: "Lidar Measurements in Latin America", emerge like a necessity of exchange between several groups that employ this technique in Latin America. The main objectives from these workshops are, to facilitate education and training to students and young scientists from region in lidar technique, as well as, to promote communication and cooperation between Latin American Lidar members community.

Not less important, are the cooperation between this lidar community and others lidar projects of the rest of the world, as well as, the exchange between the lidar community and external users who employ lidar data set, generated by groups that use this technique.

These workshops has been carried out with the support of several institutions and personalities, thanks to which, has been possible the successful realization of these events. Some lidar sites exists at this moment in Latin America and projects for new installations.

This initiative started in 2001 with the first workshop in Camagüey, Cuba, with the twin aims of promoting cooperation between members of the Latin-American scientific community involved in lidar applications, and evaluating the possibilities for future research in the region.

The second workshop, also held in Camagüey, Cuba, took place in 2003 with the support of the IAI and ESA. To the two original objectives was added that of providing training in lidar-related subjects to students and recent graduates from Latin-American countries. This objective was accomplished via a short course, covering both experimental lidar techniques and data analysis.

The third workshop took place in Popayan, Colombia, in 2005. At this meeting progress in lidar measurements in Latin-American countries was presented by researchers and students. There was a significant increase in the number of participants in the meeting, totaling about 45, showing that earlier efforts were beginning to take effect.

In Ilhabella, Brazil, took place the fourth workshop celebrated in 2007. Some relevant suggestions was made during discussion sessions, such as, the creation of a summer school on lidar themes for Latin-American students and young scientists. Another aspect was the general consensus to maintain the participation of young scientists and students in the Workshops.

The first practical result of these meetings was the installation of a lidar system in the Department of Atmospheric Physics of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, in La Paz, Bolivia. Additionally, various exchange visits have been made and joint reports have been submitted to both local and international funding agencies.