Ambassador Urs inaugurates Regional Scientific Dialogue in Iquitos

U.S. Ambassador to Peru Krishna R. Urs inaugurated a scientific regional dialogue yesterday titled “Charting Routes Toward Prosperity:  Promoting Sustainable Infrastructure” at the Peruvian Amazon Research Institute (IIAP) in Iquitos, with the presence of U.S. Science Envoy Dr. Thomas Lovejoy.

National and regional authorities attended the meeting, including Loreto Governor Fernando Meléndez Celis and the Executive President of the Peruvian Amazon Research Institute (IIAP), Dr. Luis Campos Baca.

The purpose of this event is to develop joint research projects, recommending biological monitoring approaches based on scientific standards.  These can be used to design modern infrastructure projects and to develop public policies for the adequate management of rainforests and environmentally sensitive ecosystems. Additionally, it seeks to strengthen the scientific capacity of institutions and universities.

Ambassador Krishna R. Urs highlighted the continued leadership of the United States in terms of clean water and air, health security and the fight against illegal trafficking networks.  “We are working with our partners in Peru and with governmental agencies and academic sectors in the United States to promote international scientific partnerships, with the objective of designing new collaborative projects that improve our shared priorities,” he said.

For his part, the Special Envoy for Science of the United States, Thomas Lovejoy, gave the opening address and urged the authorities and representatives of present institutions to seek alliances with academic institutions and civil society of the United States in the effort to identify and implement sustainable solutions to infrastructure problems.

Dr. Lovejoy is an innovative and accomplished conservation biologist who coined the term “Biological Diversity”. In addition to his role as Special Envoy for Science of the United States, Dr. Lovejoy serves as a Senior Member of the United Nations Foundation for the Environment.