Between January 16th and 18th 2023, the First Climatic Change Congress was held at Universidad de Playa Ancha. This regional initiative had the support of Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa María, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Universidad de Playa Ancha and the Universidad de Valparaíso grouped in the Valparaíso’s Rectors Council (CRUV) (consejoderectoresvalparaiso.cl).
CRUV Universities rectors , Science and Techology Ministerial Secretariat from Central Macrozone Dr. Jorge Soto and a representative of Environmental Ministerial Secretariat Chilean Navy and National Research Institutes representatives participated in the inaugural ceremony. The best theses related to Climatic Change from Universities which belong to CRUV were rewarded.
Dr. Rivera, event organizer pointed out that this is the first step to integrate and strengthen climatic change issues from regions. This initiative will be repeated in 2024, opening the call at the international level.
Marine Biologist Manuel Ibarra, in charge of SERNAPESCA Valparaíso region’s Marine Parks explained that it is necessary to address Marine Protected Areas importance in Climatic Change mitigation and biodiversity conservation in upcoming congresses.
IFOP was represented by oceanographer Milena Pizarro and Dr. Jaime Letelier, from its Fisheries Research Division Oceanography and Environment Department’s Head . Dr. Letelier presented a virtual panel “Climatic change monitoring system for fisheries and aquaculture resilience in Humboldt currents great ecosystem (S.A.P.O.)” by authors Jaime Letelier, Andrés García, Sergio Palma ( EDF) and Hernán Reyes.
Dr. Letelier pointed out data monitoring systems importance and their inter-institutional and multinational integration with different sectoral objectives, in order to obtain integrated historical information that allows reducing long-term predictive models uncertainty . At the same time, he pointed out the need to continue promoting and supporting Initiatives such as the CRUV Climatic Change Congress, especially if they are regional initiatives.
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