The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) announced this Tuesday (19) the winners of the 1st MCTI-FINEP SiBBr Award for Biodiversity. 29 projects were submitted, 19 for the “Academic Production” category and ten for the “Technological Development and Innovation” category.
The award is an initiative of the Ministry of Research and Scientific Training (SEFEP / MCTI), carried out through FINEP / MCTI, and aimed at bringing out talents, stimulating scientific research and technological development, as well as promoting innovation in biodiversity, in order to support its sustainable use. The Award had the institutional collaboration of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq / MCTI).
“When we talk about biodiversity we are talking about a competitive advantage for a country, which needs to use science to give visibility to everything we can do, in an inclusive and sustainable way, for the use and benefit of society”, he said. MCTI Minister Paulo Alvin said.
The minister also congratulated all the candidates who signed up and participated. “They are all winners,” said Alvim. “This effort to spread the country’s scientific production capacity is fundamental. We have a base of scientific and technological knowledge, in the diversity of Brazilian biomes that must be seen and recognized and shown to society, ”he added.
According to UNESCO, 1.5 billion people in the world depend on biodiversity or ecosystem products for subsistence. “The economic dimension of biodiversity has always been neglected. This award brings these two elements of recognition of academic production in this sector and also initiatives aimed at technological and scientific development linked to concrete solutions ”, said the coordinator of Human and Social Sciences and Natural Sciences of UNESCO in Brazil, Fábio Eon.
According to the president of the Financier of studies and projects (Finep / MCTI), Waldemar Barroso, the award expresses the importance of biodiversity for different areas, such as health, and also different regions of Brazil. “This award has to do with the chain in which Finep operates,” said Barroso, stressing that Brazil has the largest biodiversity in the world.
The results of the awarded projects will be included in the Brazilian Biodiversity Information System (SIBBR), which gives the award its name. It is a platform on line MCTI which integrates data and information from different sources on national biodiversity and ecosystems and makes them accessible for different uses, including specialized visualization. This information is relevant for supporting public policies, supporting conservation and sustainable use actions, as well as promoting knowledge of biodiversity.
“By making a wide range of species data openly available, the System becomes an essential tool in academic research and environmental management. All these data can be freely consulted by the company ”, detailed the secretary of SEPEF / MCTI Marcelo Morales. Currently, the System has more than 17 million records of occurrences of Brazilian species.
In the SiBBr system it is also possible to obtain information on threatened species, native species, information on biomes, protected areas in Brazil, Brazilian collections, research projects, among others.
Through SiBBr, Brazil is part of the largest global effort to better understand the planet’s biodiversity and make existing information available for free, as it is the Brazilian node of the Global Biodiversity Information Platform (GBIF), which is the largest multilateral initiative for access virtual access to biological information from around 60 countries
Participants can submit their projects in one of two categories. The “Academic Production” category includes thesis, monograph, dissertation, academic paper, which has the potential to generate sustainable economic exploitation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The category “Technological Development & Innovation” was aimed at subjects who presented a project, product, service or process, already implemented, with a focus on technological development and innovation that allows the sustainable economic exploitation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Discover the winners:
Academic Production Category:
1st place: Euterpe Edulis genetic improvement for fruit production. Guilherme Bravim Canal
2nd place: Biotechnological Potential of Cyanobacteria in the Health Area. Isabel Virginia
3rd place: Isolation, Synthesis and Bioactivity Studies of Fomactin Terpenoid. Roberto Gomes de Souza Berlinck
Category Technological Development and Innovation:
1st place: Pollen Catalog, Floristic Inventory and Honey Production in Marcelino Vieira, Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil. Enio Giuliano Girao
2nd place: Drying of Brazil Nuts in the Microwave. Luca da Silva
3rd place: Implementation of Social Technologies and Environmental Education in the communities of the Alto Pantanal Matogrossense. Samir Curi
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