SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, June 5 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Minister of Ecological Transition, the Fight against Climate Change and Territorial Planning of the Government of the Canary Islands, José Antonio Valbuena, has defended this Monday the need for the administrations of the islands “to give continuity to the different works undertaken in this legislature to defend and preserve environmental wealth in the face of human action and the effects of climate change, taking into account the fragility of being an archipelagic territory”.
José Antonio Valbuena has made these statements during the inauguration of the dissemination days of the more than 200 projects managed by the Biodiversity Service that have been co-financed by the European Funds of the PO FEDER Canarias during the period 2014-2020, which are held in the headquarters of the Presidency of the Government in Santa Cruz de Tenerife between today and tomorrow, Tuesday, June 6.
The counselor insisted that the Canary Islands have a “complex and sometimes difficult to understand” protection framework due to the environmental wealth that it treasures, which makes it a privileged point in the global context. “Few territories have the endemic wealth that the archipelago treasures, nor the importance of our seas, our mountains, our flora and our fauna,” Valbuena added. At this point, the administrations have a fundamental role in defending these resources, always taking into account the technical and specialized criteria offered by services such as Biodiversity.
Precisely, Valbuena wanted to take advantage of the event to thank the work carried out by the technical staff of the Government of the Canary Islands, not only in the field of management, but also in the awareness-raising and dissemination work that they have carried out with initiatives such as these conferences.
Throughout this event, which can be followed live on the web www.jornadasdifusionfeder.estechnicians from the Biodiversity and Natural Environment Planning Service will present the different results, challenges and opportunities of biodiversity management on the islands.
During this Monday, a tour of the state of conservation of our ecosystems and terrestrial and marine threatened species and citizen participation projects has been carried out. In the afternoon, the promotion of scientific culture and the need for communication and dissemination of science in different media will be addressed at a work table.
Daniel Prieto González (representative of the science podcast Palique Divulgativo), Sofía Menéndez (scientific journalist), Juan Francisco Hernández (teacher at the Colegio Hispano Inglés and creator of the popularization blog This does not enter the exam) and Antonio Manuel Eff- will participate in it. Darwich Peña (professor at the University of La Laguna / Cienci@ULL).
A more technological approach is expected to be carried out on Tuesday, so the different projects associated with the databases managed by the General Directorate for the Fight against Climate Change that are included in the BIOCAN platform, available to citizens, will be approached. in https://www.biodiversidadcanarias.es/ .
In addition, the results of initiatives such as RedPROMAR or RedExos will be presented, both networks consolidated as platforms for citizen participation, in which the active collaboration of civil society is key to managing biodiversity in the Canary Islands.
The conference will close with a round table in which the challenges, opportunities and tools presented by citizen science will be discussed and will be attended by Candelaria González (Office of Environmental Participation and Volunteering of the Cabildo de Tenerife), Marco Díaz -Bertrana Sánchez (representative of RedEXOS), Sara Rendal Freire (representative of RedPROMAR) and Marta González (coordinator of Environmental Education and Sustainability, Pidas Project, CIFP Felo Monzón Grau-Bassas).