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Welcome to the Science Summit at UNGA76, a major contribution to advancing Science for the UN SDGs. Online from 14- September - 5 October 2021.
ISC will organise the second edition of the UNGA76 Science Summit around the 76th United Nations General Assembly (SSUNGA76) in September 2021. The objective of the virtual meeting will be to raise awareness of the role and contribution of science to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It will demonstrate initiatives that provide models for global science mechanisms and activities in support of the SDGs, particularly in science infrastructure and capacity building. Science is and will enable sustainable economic, environmental, and societal development. Science is more than a funding prioritisation exercise: science is impacting all areas of policy-making and is playing a more critical role in how policy objectives are achieved and the consequent benefit to people everywhere, including responses to global challenges.
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Tuesday, September 21 • 3:00pm - 7:00pm
(REF BA21) Biodiversity: Forests, Health and Society convened by IMIBIO Biodiversity Institute, Misiones, Argentina

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Misiones is one of the 23 provinces of Argentina, strategically located in the extreme northeast of the country of the Mesopotamia region. Approximately 91% of its borders are international being surrounded by Paraguay to the northwest, Brazil to the north, east and south, and the Argentine province of Corrientes to the southwest. Border activity is intense with more than 27 million entries and exits reflecting that more than 100 million inhabitants live within a radius of 1000km. Misiones is an entrepreneurial province that seeks sustainable solutions for its forestry industry and its expanding smallholding agriculture that exports tea and yerba among other products. Indeed, Misiones is an entrepreneurial province looking for sustainable solutions for its forest industry and expanding agriculture. 
 
Misiones covers close to 1% of the Argentinian surface but harbours 52% of its biodiversity and the Iguazú waterfalls. The pristine Paranaense Forest, which is part of the almost extinct and outstandingly biodiverse Atlantic Forest, a worldwide recognized biodiversity Hot-Spot, is in Misiones. The original surface of the Atlantic Forest has been reduced by 95% over the last century and now the Paranaense Forest is facing a similar fate, in spite of all efforts made by the province, due to increased economic and demographic pressure that the province cannot face alone.  
 
The Instituto Misionero de Biodiversidad (IMiBio) was created as a unique autonomous entity financed by the provincial government and therefore dedicated to local and regional matters that will contribute to the solution of the global issues that humanity is facing as exemplified by the challenge to safeguard and restore the Paranaense Forest. IMiBio is advantageously located in the Paranaense Forest and has incorporated UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as an integral part of its objectives which evolve along five strategic axles that focus on science, health, civil society, gender equality and protection of genetic resources through management of the Nagoya Protocol. 
 
IMiBio investigates the Paranaense biodiversity per se, the interdependence of climate and biodiversity, SDG 15, Life on Land, biodiversity and health, SDG 13, Climate Action and SDG 3, Health and Wellbeing, how to restore biodiversity for future generations and to promote sustainable development. It generates knowledge in the areas of biodiversity and 
wildlife conservation, mapping, sustainability and restoration of forests, SDG 15 Life on Land, environmentally adapted and sustainable food productions systems, SDG2 Hunger, and SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, freshwater surveillance (SDG6.6; 15.1), zoonoses and their transmission along with the One Health initiative, human and animal health risks (SDG3), wildlife health status (SDG3), gender equality (SDG5), decent and sustainable work (SDG8), reduction of inequalities (SDG10), environmentally and climate sparing processes (SDG13). 
 
Ultimately, it is foreseeable that the Paranaense Forest will disappear despite all provincial efforts unless concerted actions are generated to safeguard it, and globally recognize its intrinsic value, and create sustainable models of development and conservation. 
 

RESUMEN PARA UNGA 76
 
Misiones es una de las 23 provincias de Argentina, ubicada estratégicamente en el extremo noreste del país en la región de la Mesopotamia. El 91% de sus fronteras son internacionales y está rodeada por Paraguay al noroeste, Brasil al norte, este y sur, y la provincia argentina de Corrientes al suroeste. La actividad fronteriza es intensa con más 27 millones de entradas y salidas lo que refleja la presencia de más de 100 millones de habitantes dentro de un radio de 1000km. Misiones es una provincia emprendedora que busca soluciones sostenibles para su industria forestal y su agricultura de minifundios en expansión que exporta té y yerba entre otros productos. 
 
Misiones alberga el 52% de la biodiversidad de la República Argentina, representando cerca del 1% de la superficie del país, con la maravilla mundial que son las Cataratas del Igauazú. Allí se encuentra la Selva Paranaense, que forma parte del casi extinto, y con una biodiversidad excepcional, Bosque Atlántico definido cómo un “Hot Spot” de biodiversidad reconocido mundialmente. La extensión del Bosque Atlántico se redujo en un 95% durante el último siglo, y ahora la Selva Paranaense enfrenta un destino similar debido a la presión económica y demográfica. Todos los esfuerzos realizados por la provincia, con mucho sacrificio, para guardar Selva Paranaense no son suficientes, Misiones no puede hacer frente sola a la desaparición de su joya de biodiversidad.  
 
El Instituto Misionero de Biodiversidad (IMiBio) es una entidad autónoma, única, que es financiada por el gobierno provincial, y se dedica a los asuntos locales y regionales como un medio para contribuir a la solución de los problemas globales que enfrenta la humanidad 
ejemplificada por la guarda y restauración de la Selva Paranaense. El Instituto está ubicado en la Selva Paranaense y ha incorporado los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) de la ONU como parte integral de sus objetivos, los cuales se enmarcan dentro de cinco ejes estratégicos que se enfocan en ciencia, salud, sociedad civil, igualdad de género, gestión y protección de los recursos genéticos en acuerdo con el protocolo de Nagoya.  
 
El IMiBio desarrolla investigación de la biodiversidad paranaense per se, la interdependencia del clima y la biodiversidad (ODS 15), la biodiversidad y la salud (ODS 13.3), la restauración de la biodiversidad para las generaciones futuras y la promoción del desarrollo sostenible (ODS 15.1-2; 15.5-9). Genera conocimiento en las áreas de conservación de la biodiversidad y la vida silvestre, cartografía de la selva, sostenibilidad y restauración de bosques (ODS 15); sistemas de producción de alimentos sostenibles adaptados al medio ambiente (ODS 2); y ciudades (ODS 11); vigilancia del agua dulce (ODS 6. 6; 15.1); las zoonosis y su transmisión a lo largo de la iniciativa “One Health”, los riesgos para la salud humana y animal (ODS3); el estado de salud de la vida silvestre (ODS3); la igualdad de género (ODS5); el trabajo decente y sostenible (ODS8); la reducción de las desigualdades (ODS10); y procesos respetuosos con el medio ambiente y el clima (ODS 13). 
 
Resumiendo, a pesar de los esfuerzos provinciales, la desaparición de la Selva Paranaense es previsible si no hay un esfuerzo concertado para generar modelos sustentables y reconocimiento internacional de su valor.  
 
En definitiva, es previsible que la Selva Paranaense desaparezca a pesar de todos los esfuerzos provinciales a menos que se generen acciones concertadas para salvaguardarlo, y reconocer mundialmente su valor intrínseco, y crear modelos sostenibles de desarrollo y conservación.



Speakers
avatar for Karina Angelieva

Karina Angelieva

Adviser, Ministry of Education and Science Bulgaria
Karina Angelieva is a former Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria. In her current position as an Adviser to the Interim Government, she is covering a large portfolio, including European and national policies and programmes in R&I, including Horizon Europe, Erasmus... Read More →
avatar for Raquel Thomas

Raquel Thomas

Director, Resource Management and Training, Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development
Over 26 years of management, research and training experience in natural resources management with in-depth knowledge of sustainable forest management including forest certification issues, tropical forest ecology, biodiversity and climate issues, protected areas management, nature... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Worms

Patrick Worms

Senior Science Policy Advisor, World Agroforestry Centre
Patrick Worms, a Cambridge-educated molecular geneticist, represents CIFOR-ICRAF, the Centre for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry, to policy makers, donors and corporate partners in Europe and beyond.Patrick’s interests sit at the nexus of land restoration... Read More →
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
avatar for Yousef Torman

Yousef Torman

Managing Director, ASREN - Arab States Research and Education Network
“For around thirty years, I worked in ICT at highly reputable institutions in the higher education and scientific research sector. During my work, my main focus was to make use of technology, mainly ICT, for the developments and enhancing the life of people in my community and beyond... Read More →
avatar for Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
avatar for Erik Ruuth

Erik Ruuth

Scientific Coordinator, Instituto Misionero de Biodiversidad
Erik Ruuth, M.D., PH.D., Ass. Prof. is a medical doctor with a Ph.D. in immunology and an adjunct professor in cell and molecular biology at Umeå University.After completing a postdoc at Hôpital Necker Enfants Malades in Paris, France, Erik made a career within the pharmaceutical... Read More →
avatar for Sandra E. Sharry

Sandra E. Sharry

Professor-Coordinador de Proyecto-Profesor Investigador, Universidad Nacional de La Plata-Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible de la Nación
PhD in Natural Sciences (Universidad Nacional de La Plata- Argentina)- Professor (National University of La Plata- National University of Rio Negro). Scientific Researcher Category 1. Member of Wood Technology Centre-Wood Research Laboratory (CTM-LIMAD-FCAyF-UNLP)- Coordinator UNDP... Read More →
avatar for Anabela Plos

Anabela Plos

Node Manager, GBIF Argentina
Doctor in Natural Sciences, Botanical specialty (National University of La Plata). Node Manager of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Argentina. Representative of GBIF Nodes of the Latin American and Caribbean Region. Board member in the BID program for the Caribbean... Read More →
avatar for Javier Jimenez Perez

Javier Jimenez Perez

Managing Partner, Pangea Consultores
Extensive experience in the whole project cycle in international development cooperation:more than 30 years of professional experience in development cooperation. With responsibilities asfield project manager(AECID, EU, UNDP), leadership of multidisciplinary technical teams and sector... Read More →
avatar for Claire Lajaunie

Claire Lajaunie

Researcher, Inserm, LPED/affiliate researcher at SCELG Strathclyde
Claire Lajaunie, Doctor of Law, HDR-accreditation to supervise research- (Aix-Marseille University) holds a Master of Science in rural Development (SOAS, University of London). She investigates the inter-linkages between biodiversity and health and their evolution due to global changes... Read More →
avatar for Gabriel Labbate

Gabriel Labbate

Head of Climate Mitigation Unit and REDD+ Global Team Leader, UN Environment Programme
I am the UN-REDD Global Team Leader at UNEP. I have built more than 20 years of experience with multilateral organizations and the private sector. My current professional work concentrates on carbon markets and Nature-Based Solutions to climate change. I lead the work of UNEP on private... Read More →
avatar for Maria Teresa García de Dávila

Maria Teresa García de Dávila

VICEPRESIDENT, GARRAHAN FOUNDATION
Maria Teresa García de Dávila is currently a member of the Board and Vice President of the Garrahan Foundation in Buenos Aires, Argentina.Maria Teresa graduated in Medicine and subsequently Pathology at the University of Cordoba, Argentina. She did her PhD in Medicine at the University... Read More →
avatar for Jan-Eric Litton

Jan-Eric Litton

Senior Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Jan-Eric Litton is a Senior professor at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. He was appointed BBMRI-ERIC's first Director General on 22 January 2014 - 1 August 2017, building up one of the largest infrastructure for Health in Europe. Litton is renowned for his expertise... Read More →
avatar for Jon Yearsley

Jon Yearsley

Assistant Lecturer, University College Dublin
Jon leads the Ecological Modelling Research Group at University College Dublin (https://www.ucd.ie/ecomodel). He also leads the Ecosystems and Evolution Research Theme of the UCD Earth Institute (http://www.ucd.ie/earth) and is head of research and innovation for the School of Bi... Read More →
avatar for Clovis Borges

Clovis Borges

Executive Director, Wildlife Research and Environmental Education Society - SPVS
Clóvis Ricardo Schrappe Borges holds a B.Sc in Veterinary Medicine and M.Sc in Zoology from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR). He worked at the Capão da Imbuia Natural History Museum, developing mammals inventories from 1982 to 1984. In 1984 he co-founded the Wildlife Research... Read More →
avatar for Luc Janssens de Bisthoven

Luc Janssens de Bisthoven

Program coordinator of CEBioS, Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences
Luc is a biologist, PhD (KU Leuven, Belgium), specialised in aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology, biomonitoring with macro-invertebrates and wetlands. He did several post-docs in Sweden, South Africa and Portugal, two years teaching at Kenyatta University in Kenya, and 10 years consultancy... Read More →
avatar for César Luena López

César Luena López

Policy Adviser, European Parliament
César Luena López is a Doctor at the University of La Rioja and Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the Carlos III University of Madrid.Mr. Luena has been a Member of the European Parliament since July 2019 as part of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists... Read More →
avatar for Martine HOSSAERT

Martine HOSSAERT

Senior Scientist, Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology in Montpellier
Martine HOSSAERT is a senior scientist at the Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology in Montpellier, and also the Scientific Advisor of the National Institute of Ecology and Environment of the CNRS. A specialist in chemical ecology—the role of chemical signals and defenses... Read More →
avatar for Karen DeMatteo

Karen DeMatteo

Senior Lecturer & Research Scientist / Research Associate, Washington University in St. Louis / WildCare Institute - Saint Louis Zoo
Dr. Karen DeMatteo is a biologist that has used a broad range of techniques to understand basic biology and ecological interactions that occur at both the species and community level. In the US, Karen is a Senior Lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) where she teaches... Read More →



Tuesday September 21, 2021 3:00pm - 7:00pm CEST