Cranfield University was delighted to welcome the Paraguayan Ambassador, Miguel Angel Solano López and the CEO of the Association Guyra Paraguay, Dr Alberto Yanosky to its campus on Friday (30 November) to meet with Cranfield academics involved in international research into biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The visit follows a presentation in Brazil by Cranfield’s Dr Humberto Perotto-Baldivieso outlining a project with the Museum of Natural History in Bolivia to create the virtual Geospatial Centre for Biodiversity (GCB) [In Spanish: Centro Geoespacial para la Biodiversidad], a unique online portal containing a wealth of information on Bolivia’s rich ecosystems.
Guyra Paraguay is keen to develop a similar system in Paraguay to highlight the importance of protecting the country’s rich natural heritage, whilst managing the effects of heavy agriculture. Paraguay is one of the most naturally diverse regions in the world, home to around 8,000 unique plant species and more than 20 critically endangered species.
Dr Perotto-Baldivieso, working with Dr Andrew Gill, who led Cranfield’s work on the Bolivian project, commented: “The visit by Dr Yanosky and the Ambassador highlights the value of projects such as the GCB, in helping to protect biodiversity in the future, particularly in countries where agriculture is still a key industry. Our aim was to create a new way to take conservation to the community, decision-makers and researchers not only in Bolivia, but worldwide. Today’s visit demonstrates the success of the project and we look forward to working with Guyra Paraguay and the Ambassador to create a similar system for Paraguay and other countries in the region.”
Notes to Editors
Guyra Paraguay is one of the largest conservation funds in Paraguay and their work is located in one of the most naturally diverse regions in the world, home to around 8,000 unique plant species and more than 20 critically endangered species.
The Geospatial Centre for Biodiversity (GCB) is the largest and most detailed database of its kind in the region, providing vertebrate information using web-GIS technologies, aligned with countrywide conservation strategies. The aim of the project is to collect, assimilate and disseminate spatially explicit information and scientifically robust biodiversity knowledge to students, policy-makers, and the public to promote the sustainable management of Bolivia’s biodiversity as natural capital. The CGB is a collaboration between the Museum of Natural History “Noel Kempff Mercado” and Cranfield University and funded by the JRS Biodiversity Foundation.
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