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Cape Horn Sub-Antarctic Center receives funds for design

The Magallanes Regional Council of Chile recently agreed to fund $500,000 to develop an international center dedicated to the training of specialized human resources and sustainable ecological practices, as well as to develop scientific tourism, receiving visitors, and the local community in the southernmost biosphere reserve in the world.

Ricardo RozziRicardo Rozzi, right, director of the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program at UNT, said after almost 15 years of researching, teaching, and conserving in the Cape Horn region, this is a significant milestone. The University of Magallanes (UMAG), the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity in Chile, and the Sub-Antarctic of Biocultural Conservation Program at UNT.

This will position the leadership of the Sub-Antarctic research as global excellence. He said this will also "consolidate the UMAG campus in Puerto Williams in the Antarctic province offering technical training and special interest programs."

The Cape Horn Center, which is run by UMAG, will capitalize on science, tourism, and education due to its location and its approach on biocultural conservation. The Cape Horn region is a gateway to Antarctica and has no counterpart on the planet.

Jorge Flies, the regional governor in Chile, emphasized the importance of this project as a scientific endeavor and as a global model.

"It will be a huge landmark of public space, truly an architectural landmark in Puerto Williams and this aligns fully with our Development Plan for Extreme Areas,” he said. “Having a Sub-Antarctic Center means having a place on the scientific map in our world’s southernmost city."

Nicolas Galvez, president of the Commission of Science, Energy and New Technologies of the Magallanes Regional Council, the project has been needed for a long time.

"We made the observation to the people who will implement the project of the importance of its relationship with the community, so that this great infrastructure will have a large impact on those living nearby,” Galvez said. “Thus, we expect this to be considered when making the design so that the Sub-Antarctic Center will have a great impact on the locals.”

Posted on: Mon 23 June 2014

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