By Ovidio Castro Medina
La Chorrera, Colombia, Jan 27 (EFE).- An expedition aimed at discovering new species and identifying productive and sustainable biodiversity-based alternatives has gotten under way in the Colombian Amazon, a region sealed off from science for decades by the nation’s longstanding armed conflict.
The “Bio, Alto Rio Igara-Parana” expedition, a collaboration between the Colombian government’s Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry and the Amazonian Scientific Research Institute (Sinchi), will focus its efforts on the vast and remote southeastern department of Amazonas.
“The Amazon is a high-priority region due to its great environmental importance for Colombia and the world,” Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Arturo Luna told Efe, recalling that his department earmarked nearly 400 million pesos ($89,000) to fund the…
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