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Official stresses strengthened role of scientific community

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 08:53 - Environment

Luanda - The Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Innovation Domingos da Silva Neto Tuesday in Leiden, the Netherlands, highlighted the need for the Angolan scientific community to reinforce its role in the country's biodiversity inventory.

  • Domingos da Silva Neto - State Secretary for Science and Tehnology

Speaking at the opening of the 26th meeting of the Board of Directors of the Global Biodiversity Facility (GBIF), he stressed Angola's intention to take responsibility for implementing mechanisms to help its institutions improve the management of biodiversity data, including nationwide dissemination and global sharing.

"It is hoped that the combined contribution between Angola and the international scientific community will strengthen and create synergies for better conservation and use of biodiversity in response to the challenges of biodiversity preservation and global change," he said.

The biennial conference is revising various issues with the stress to GBIF's strategic vision, its 2020 programme, funding and the formation of National Nodes from different countries.

The country's participation in the event represents an opportunity for the Angolan scientific community, as it provides access to a fundamental database for the development of scientific research, as well as for providing information for the country's development in activities such as biodiversity conservation.

The Global Biodiversity Information System is an EU-wide international computer platform providing open access to biodiversity data from all organisms anywhere in the world via the internet.

The Angolan delegation comprises ambassador to Netherlands Maria Isabel Resende Encoge,  Esperança da Costa, in representation of the GBIF National Node, and Helena Miguel, Director of the Exchange Office of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and innovation.