The professor and researcher, Antonio J. Castro, from the Department of Biology and Geology of the University of Almería and head of the socio-ecological systems research group, in collaboration with the Vice-Rector’s Office for Research, Development and Innovation of the UAL, has been selected as one of the 70 world experts who will participate during the next three years in the Intergovernmental Scientific-Regulatory Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). During this time Castro will participate in a new global evaluation that will provide evidence for decision makers to contemplate the different types of value of nature. The University of Almería thus joins this platform, whose mission is to strengthen the knowledge bases for a better policy through science, for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. .
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One of the main characteristics of IPBES is that Uruguay Email List world-renowned experts, both academics and scientists, as well as government officials, civil society organizations, local communities and indigenous peoples participate in its information and knowledge assessments, thus promoting a more comprehensive vision. of knowledge. The purpose of this new evaluation is to integrate plural assessment approaches in various decision-making contexts. According to Professor Antonio J. Castro, “nature can be seen as a supplier of food necessary for our well-being, but also as part of our cultural identity and the feeling of belonging.” However, this diversity of values is often invisible in decision-making. For this reason, “it is urgent to bring to government officials the different ways in which humans value nature, and that on many occasions are behind the conflicts between our needs as
a society and the conservation of ecosystems.” IPBES is an independent intergovernmental body of the United Nations created by the member states in 2012. The main mandate of IPBES is to compile, systematize and disseminate different types of knowledge on biodiversity, ecosystems and their services, to identify tools and methods that allow the establishment of action plans to protect and conserve them.The Dental Anthropology Group of the National Center for Research on Human Evolution (CENIEH) has just published in the journal Comptes Rendus PALEVOL a work on dental histology in which the sample from the Sima de los Huesos site is compared for the first time , in Atapuerca (Burgos), with dental samples from the Neanderthal site of Krapina, in Croatia, as well as with different current human populations. This is a comparative study focused on canines ,