28.11.2013

Barañao gave Awards for Work on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity

The Advisory Commission on Biodiversity and Sustainability recognised outstanding projects and people for their contributions to this area.

Barañao gave Awards for Work on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity

The Minister of Science, Lino Barañao, gave an award to Natalia Fracassi.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao gave the Fidel Antonio Roig Prize to Natalia Fracassi for her project “Strategies for Conservation of Biodiversity in Salicaceae plantations in the lower Paraná Delta”. She received a medal, a diploma, and ARS 50,000 as an award granted after an initiative from this Advisory Commission on Biodiversity and Sustainability from the Ministry. During this ceremony, the Minister of Science also gave an award to the illustrator Aldo Chiappe and to Eduardo Rapoport.

Barañao: “our country in the future may make an effective use of biodiversity, not only to generate economic activities but to promote social inclusion by establishing value chains based on the sustainable use of biodiversity".

When closing this event, Minister Barañao said that “as homo sapiens we have a particular and late relation with our ecosystem as we have delayed to understand that we live on a planet that is not endless", and added “we need to preserve what already exists, as it not only imply a deep accountability as a species, but it has an economic value as well".  In conclusion, Minister Barañao assured that “our country in the future may make an effective use of biodiversity, not only to generate economic activities but to promote social inclusion by establishing value chains based on the sustainable use of biodiversity".

The Prize called Fidel Antonio Roig is awarded to initiatives that have achieved transferring research results on the sustainable use of biodiversity in our country. The “Strategies for Conservation of Biodiversity in Salicaceae Plantations in the lower Paraná Delta” project was performed by an interdisciplinary team headed by Natalia Fracassi, main researcher from the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) in the Area of Natural Resources from the Paraná Delta Experimental Station. This initiative has been developed under three work ideas. Firstly, within the frame of an agreement between the INTA and the Argentine Forest Association (AFOA), a set of training sessions were given to forest producers and other players about basic concepts for achieving sustainable forest production in the Paraná Delta and about the critical factors for sustainability of plantations. Topics, such as ecology of wetlands, water management, soil conservation and biodiversity were also dealt with.

The second work idea focused on the creation of strategies for conservation of forest plantations of Salicaceae. Some interdisciplinary work groups from different institutions, non-governmental entities, and producers got involved in this process, taking as the basis the information gathered during the research work performed for the "National Forest Project" and for the “Analysis of Critical Factors for Sustainability of Forest Plantations”.

The third stage consisted in generating a “Protocol on Conservation Strategies for Biodiversity in Forests of Salicaceae in the lower Paraná Delta". It expresses the commitment of companies that are members of the Argentine Forest Association (AFOA) as well as private producers to restore and preserve the riparian forest (or white forest), to improve connectivity and management of water for at least 15 streams located inside forestry plantations, the use of agrochemicals and minimise the use of fire as a management tool. This protocol also establishes the implementation of 18 secondary native forest shelters, or unmanaged plantations of understorey for research and conservation and a grassland shelter. It also makes effective a haunting prohibition in approximately 44,000 hectares (108,726 acres) and adds 25,400 hectares (62,765 acres) under a land use plan, environmental management rules, and defines priority conservation areas.

During this event, Aldo Chiappe was awarded a prize as an outstanding person in the field of culture, and Eduardo Rapoport received an award as an outstanding scientist for his work on sustainable use of biodiversity.

This meeting was presided by the scientific coordinator of this committee, Bibiana Vilá and the institutional coordinator, Marcela Gregori, and authorities, relatives of the awardees, and representatives from the academic and scientific sector were present.

About Fidel Roig

Fidel Antonio Roig Simón, born on July 16, 1922, in the City of Mendoza became one of the most outstanding botanists from our country. He started his vocation as a professor, first as a school teacher, then he became a secondary school teacher and finally he became a university professor at the Agrarian School of the University of Cuyo, as he had graduated from such institution in 1952. He has more than 150 publications, mainly about studies on botanical taxonomy, phytosociology, geobotany, ecology, vegetation cartography, archaeobotany, ethnobotany, medicinal plants, and phytochemistry, among others. Fidel Roig passed away in 2008 when was 86 years old.

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