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UK and Latin America start joint work on biodiversity

UK researchers will be leading four biodiversity projects involving colleagues in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru, with funding flowing from the Newton Fund.

Funding for the four projects come from the second phase of the Latin American Biodiversity Programme, which is run by the Natural Environment Research Council and national funders in the four Latin American countries. The scheme is funded through the Newton Fund, an initiative that supports R&D capacity-building in developing countries with UK’s Official Development Assistance funds.

The winning bids will tackle the decline in Latin America’s pollinators; assess how humans are having an impact on the subcontinent’s forests; improve management of invasive species; and enhance management of kelp forests, one of the most diverse habitats on Earth.

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