Symposium addresses high mountain biodiversity in Andean-Amazonian Region


Over 750 mountain lovers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Spain, the United States of America and Venezuela registered to attend the first ever Symposium on High Mountain Biodiversity and the Andean-Amazonian Region, held virtually on 5 February. The event was organized by the research group Biodiversidad de Alta Montaña, Putumayo Scientific Station and Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas within the framework of the Mountain Partnership.

Professors, students, researchers and representatives of local, regional and international organizations presented on topics of biodiversity, ranging from high Andean butterflies of the Miraflores Regional Natural Park, to the challenges and perspectives for the conservation of the Andean condor.

Rosalaura Romeo, Programme Officer, Mountain Partnership Secretariat, discussed the Mountain Partnership as a tool for promoting the protection of mountain ecosystems and improving the lives of mountain people around the world.

“Mountain ecosystems, the biodiversity they host, and the people who depend on them for the ecosystem services they provide, are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change,” said Romeo. “However, mountains do not receive the international attention necessary to ensure their sustainable development. That is why the support of academic and research communities is so important, to provide solid scientific data to drive mountain-specific policies and investments.”

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Photo by Rafael Sebastian Cardenas Vasquez

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