“This project comes to enrich the cove, although it is true that we are the actors, but the science was lacking” | Digital medium The Northern Fox

Angel Talandanos Miranda; President of the Chañaral de Aceituno Fishermen’s Union, in the first linking activity of the North Central Ocean Natural Laboratory Node.

The initiative was presented at the Consultative Committee of the Marine Reserves of Atacama and Coquimbo, an instance that is positioned as the first in a series of linkage activities with coastal communities.

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Territorial and participatory approach

The North Central Ocean Natural Laboratory Node project presented its main objectives and actions in the Consultative Committees of the Marine Reserves of Isla Choros, Isla Damas and Isla Chañaral, based on the call made by the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca).

The Alternate Director of the Institute of Public Policies (IPP), UCN-Coquimbo, and also director of the project; Marcelo Olivares explains that this first approach is highly relevant because it contributes to the pertinence of the actions that will be developed throughout the project.

“Participating in this instance and having direct contact with the community is at the core of what natural laboratories seek, which not only seek to position certain spaces based on their biogeographic singularities, but also seek to bring science and technology closer to the territories, so that scientific and technological activity is planned with a territorial and participatory approach; and thus what is done is pertinent for the communities that inhabit these places”, declared the director of the project.

The participants valued the initiative, highlighting the importance of the presence of the institutions in the territories, as emphasized by Ángel Talandianos Miranda; President of the Chañaral de Aceituno Fishermen’s Union, who pointed out that “this project comes to enrich the cove, we, although it is true, are the actors but science was lacking, the Government is lacking, a lot is lacking, so as long as any institution comes , Whichever; it will be welcome and that will help us to strengthen what we do”.

High expectations

Nancy Duman; A member of the Sphenisco Organization, of the Humboldt Coquimbo-Atacama Alliance and in addition to the Coquimbo Region Environmental Defense, she expressed great expectations about the results of this initiative, taking into account the complex scenario given by the climate crisis.

“I think they are super important, we are left with the expectations of what their results will actually be, because today the circumstances in Chile and the difficulties we face as humanity in relation to the climate crisis, the permanent destruction of our ecosystems, nature, is that we need a change now”, said Nancy.

For his part, from Sernapesca Atacama, the Regional Manager of the Conservation and Biodiversity Unit, Erick Burgos, stated that “we hope that this Node will come to strengthen this gap in the chain of work and research and that they can serve in a short-term future for the decision-making of the administrator, in this case, as well as receiving and channeling the demands of local communities”.

About the LNOCN Node

The North Central Ocean Natural Laboratory Node is a project financed by the National Research and Development Agency (ANID), which seeks to strengthen scientific research, technological development and innovation around the Natural Laboratories located in the coastal space and marine of the Region of Atacama, Coquimbo and Valparaíso.

The initiative is co-executed by the Universidad Católica del Norte; through the Institute of Public Policies, the CIDTA Center and its Faculty of Marine Sciences, and at the same time, its direction is shared with the University of Valparaíso. The work of this Node is developed in collaboration with different partner institutions, including: the University of Atacama (UDA), the Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA), the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV), AquaPacific, the Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences of Valparaíso (CINV), University of Playa Ancha (UPLA) and the National Confederation of Artisanal Fishermen of Chile (CONAPACH).

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