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Interactive Biodiversity Fair had Mérida as its setting

More than 20 protection and conservation institutions came together at the meeting.

More than 20 public and private institutions that work in the research, protection and conservation of wildlife and nature participated in the Interactive Biodiversity Fair in the city of Mérida.

The activity took place in the lobby of the Government of Mérida where visitors enjoyed contact with animals, observation of entomological collections, in addition to learning about research work in favor of environmental conservation.

The regional director of the Ministry of Ecosialism, Toro Belisario, recognized the work of scientists, veterinary biologists and park rangers, whom he called anonymous heroes, "because they protect the jungle, the Frontine Bear, the Puma, the red tree, the pinolazo , our river and in turn human beings.”

He explained that Venezuela is a megadiverse country, like Mérida; since in the entity they can be achieved from the coastal-lacustrine ecosystem located in Palmarito, to high Andean mountain ecosystems such as the Humboldt Peak glacier and the paramos.

He highlighted that the state of Mérida has taken environmental conservation measures with the planting of trees in the Los Coloraditos forest, located in the Sierra Nevada park at more than 4.100 meters high, in conjunction with the Comprehensive Defense Zone (ZODI) and Civil protection.

Science, community and university

Francisco Nava is a biologist, ecologist, researcher at the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC) and is part of the Atelopus Venezuela Working Group, a transdisciplinary group that makes community approaches with the intention of activating local biocultural memory in the state of Mérida, with the study of harlequin frogs to protect biological diversity.

Currently, they are present in the Sucre municipality (Lagunillas), via Canagua in the Ángel Antonio Altuve Manrique Educational Unit and their last completed project took place in the Libertador municipality (Mérida), specifically in the Domingo Salazar residences.

In this regard, Miguel Antonio Martínez, project participant at Domingo Salazar, said that it was a pleasant experience because they were able to learn about and make a documentary about the collared frog of the state of Mérida.

For his part, Xavier Rodríguez, dean of Unearte of Mérida, noted that they accompany this initiative with the exchange of knowledge between students of plastic arts, audiovisual and music with high school students, who are the executors of the research projects.

Environmental education

The Andígena Foundation was present at the fair, whose representatives gave away books and magazines to promote environmental education.

Denis Torres, geographer and member of the Foundation, pointed out that in conjunction with La Casa del Tapir, a book was published about the Tapir, which contains cultural, ecological and conservation aspects of this endangered mammal.

Humboldt Glacier

On the other hand, after being consulted about the Humboldt glacier, the regional director of the Ministry of Ecosialism, Toro Belisario, expressed that it is still alive and that the national government "will not rest in taking care of it until nature allows it to have it."

He reported that scientists carried out measurement work and continue research on the use of the geothermal mantle that covers the Humboldt Glacier, with a view to maintaining the species and ecosystems that surround it.

He thanked the civic-military effort for their support and dedication to maintaining the last glacier of the Sierra Nevada Park, located on Humboldt Peak.

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