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The longest mountain chain in the world, the high and rugged Andes Mountains weave through the countries of Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Over 20 million years ago, the geologic fault that gave rise to the Andes became active and these mountains, the backbone of the South American continent, are now critical to life in South America, either by directly providing homes and livelihood to millions of people or by their unique ecosystems and influence on climate and hydrology. The 4,500 miles of mountains stretching from Cape Horn to Panama also hosts a wealth of biodiversity. We are still exploring the biodiversity of the Andes and understanding how life on these mountains is being altered by climate change and anthropogenic disturbance.
The Amazon River Basin hosts a staggering wealth of biodiversity and people. Thirty million people call the basin home, including nearly three million indigenous people and 350 ethnic groups. The basin holds seasonal forests, deciduous forests, flooded forests, savanna and the largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon, drained by the iconic Amazon River. The Amazon Rainforest provides critical ecosystem services, playing a role in global climate and water cycles. Additionally, over 10% of the world’s known biodiversity exists in the Amazon and each year we are uncovering more and more previously undescribed and cryptic species. As researchers continue to explore the Amazon Rainforest one thing becomes clear, it is an irreplaceable and crucial part of a functioning planet whose gifts we are only beginning to understand.
In 2015 we developed the first International Meeting: Andes Amazon Biodiversity Conservation, which main objective was to establish a forum for communication and dissemination of research advances in the areas of biodiversity and conservation in the Andes, the Amazon, and the different ecosystems influenced by them in South America. The program for the first meeting included 12 Symposia, 6 oral sessions, 19 plenary sessions, and poster presentations. Almost 500 participants from 17 countries, (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, and Venezuela), attended this meeting.
We are pleased to invite the scientific community, universities, foundations, research centers, private companies and the public sector to participate in the next meeting, which will be held in 2018. This meeting has as main objective to establish a forum for communication and dissemination of research advances in the areas of biodiversity and conservation.