10.06.2014

Roig Award: $ 70,000 to sustainable use of biodiversity projects

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, will award $ 70,000 in prizes to the best initiatives selected as part of the fifth edition of the award. Proposals will be accepted until July 16.

Roig Award: $ 70,000 to sustainable use of biodiversity projects

Roig Award: $ 70,000 to sustainable use of biodiversity projects [Photo: courtesy Department of Natural Resources of the Experiment Station Delta del Paraná - INTA]

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, through the Advisory Commission on Biodiversity and Sustainability, calls for the submission of initiatives for sustainable use of biodiversity in the country, which have managed to transfer the knowledge and results to the community. The call is aimed at research groups belonging to institutions of the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The initiatives will address the use of wildlife populations; the use of non-timber forest products and forest; recovery and exploitation of native forests; the use of aromatic and medicinal species; and use of freshwater or seawater fishery, among others. Awards consist of: a medal, a diploma and $50,000 for the first selected project; medal, diploma and $ 20,000 for the second selected project; and medal and diploma for the third selected project.

Last year, the winner project was “Strategies for Conservation of Biodiversity in Salicaceae Plantations in the lower Delta of The Paraná River” 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.

The "Fidel Antonio Roig Award" was created in 2010, the international year of biodiversity, in order to recognize scientific research groups for their work on sustainable use initiatives. The 2014 call will remain open until July Wednesday 16.

For more information on submitting of initiatives click here or contact by email..

Fidel Antonio Roig, was born on July 16, 1922, in the City of Mendoza, he became one of the country’s leading botanists. 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 School of Agricultural Sciences, the University of Cuyo, he had graduated from such institution in 1952. He authored more than 150 publications, primarily about studies on botanical taxonomy, phytosociology, geobotany, ecology, vegetation mapping, archaeobotany, ethnobotany, medicinal plants, and photochemistry, among others. Fidel Antonio Roig passed away in 2008 when was 86 years old.

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