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Falklands receives Pan-American science delegation including Chile, Brazil and Colombia

Tuesday, January 20th 2015 - 06:05 UTC
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Falklands Government sponsors scientists visits to the Islands 'to collaborate on regionally and internationally environmental research', said MLA Poole. Falklands Government sponsors scientists visits to the Islands 'to collaborate on regionally and internationally environmental research', said MLA Poole.
Dr. Martin Collins OBE discusses South Georgia during the symposium in the Falklands with scientists from North and South America Dr. Martin Collins OBE discusses South Georgia during the symposium in the Falklands with scientists from North and South America

Following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, who first visited the Islands in 1833, the first ever Pan–American Science Delegation to the Falkland Islands arrived in Stanley on Saturday, January 17.

 The week-long mission will bring together eminent researchers and nature journalists to showcase the beauty of the UK South Atlantic Overseas Territories and immense opportunities for scientific research and collaboration in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

The Falkland Islands are a unique environment and comprise of two marine ecosystems, host the world’s largest albatross colonies and five species of penguin. They also have extensive natural peat and ice archives for studying historical distributions of animals and plants.

Scientists from the US, Canada, Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Colombia will have the opportunity to form partnerships and collaborate with the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) with the aim of establishing the Falklands and the wider South Atlantic as a place for groundbreaking scientific research.

A journalist from National Geographic and a TV crew from Uruguay will document life on these largely unexplored Islands.

Member of the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly with responsibility for the environment, Michael Poole said: “The Falkland Islands Government looks forward to welcoming this distinguished group of scientists to the Islands and to collaborating on regionally and internationally important environmental research. What goes on in the South Atlantic environment impacts on and is impacted by the rest of the world. This symposium will help us formalize further scientific partnerships to ensure we even better understand those important links.”

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  • LEPRecon

    The Falkland Islands again are leading the way on environmental protection in the South Atlantic.

    Once again Argentina's claims that 'nobody' recognises the Falkland Islands has been proved untrue.

    In the meantime the Falkland Islanders increase their ties with Chile, Brazil and Colombia and show the world that the Falkland Islanders are here to stay no matter what some lunatic in Buenos Aires says.

    Jan 20th, 2015 - 08:22 am 0
  • gordo1

    In my many years of experience of living and working in several Latin American countries my perception has always been that no more than “lip service” is paid to the pretensions of Argentina - this is further proof of that perception.

    Jan 20th, 2015 - 09:25 am 0
  • Conqueror

    @2. Do you mean that latam is mostly gutless?

    Jan 20th, 2015 - 12:45 pm 0
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