Mesoamerican scientists will expose deficit of public conservation policies

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  • Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:56
Mesoamerican scientists will expose deficit of public conservation policies
  • Telemetro.com

A caucus of Mesoamerican scientists, supported by colleagues from other continents, will analyze in a congress in Panama the deficit of public conservation policies of the environment, with the intention of sensitizing the decision makers of the countries.

Spokespersons for the XXII Congress of the Mesoamerican Biology and Conservation Society (SMBC), to be held in Panama in late November, told EFE that this is due to the "concern" that exists because the authorities do not take into account the results and recommendations from numerous scientific studies.

"The objective is to empower the entities with the tools that scientists give them to carry out the appropriate actions in terms of the management of protected areas, ecosystems, and of regions that they are intervening," the event coordinator, Alonso Murgas, told EFE.

He said that, despite the fact that governments are being informed of the scientific data, great progress has not been made in the observable results of plans to avoid consequences that affect the different environments, because they are not taken into account.

He added that the activity, which will take place from November 21 to 25 in a hotel in the Panamanian capital, is involving different authorities to encourage them to promote legal measures that support the information presented and apply them.

Murgas announced that for the first time some 200 Mesoamerican students of biology will participate, so that they will know in detail all the studies presented in the caucus.

"It is the first time that this will happen at the meeting, it is estimated that some 200 students will attend at the undergraduate level of Mesoamerica, on November 24," he said.

The vice-president of the SMBC, Zayda Pedra, told EFE that the congress will uncover the many needs that exist around the 17 issues included in the agenda, whose main aspects will be reflected in a final declaration.

The 17 themes will revolve around global change, management of biodiversity and the socio-economic aspects of biodiversity and conservation.

"Through the congress students can give their contributions, and make contact with scientists who will be giving new information," he said.

He added that in the last meeting, which took place last year in Costa Rica, the participation of women in science, and the knowledge they bring to society through their research, was highlighted.

More than 1,000 experts from the associated Mesoamerican countries are expected to attend the congress: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras and Cuba.

They will have the support of invited speakers from Argentina, Ecuador, the United States, Spain and Venezuela to analyze the loss of habitat, climate change and the challenges posed by their combat and mitigation.

In addition, symposiums, free papers and workshops will be given during the 5 days of the activity.

The XXII Congress of the Mesoamerican Biology and Conservation Society has the support of the Ministry of Environment (MiAmbiente) of Panama through the Sustainable Production Systems and Biodiversity Conservation Project in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor - Panama.

The SMBC, formed in Honduras in 1996, seeks to promote the exchange of knowledge, the training of human resources, scientific research and its dissemination at the service of the conservation of the biological and cultural diversity of Mesoamerica, through forums and congresses.


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