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German Ambassador Visits NCI
February 2009

This February, Christian Berger, the German Ambassador to Ecuador, visited NCI’s San Francisco Scientific Station in southern Ecuador to learn about some of the cutting-edge projects taking place in this extremely biodiverse tropical mountain forest ecosystem. The German Research Foundation (DFG) has been working at the Scientific Station for over 10 years, and together with other international and Ecuadorian researchers has produced a number of invaluable peer reviewed publications providing useful information for local farmers and communities, government officials, and policy makers regarding conservation and development. The DFG program is the world’s largest in this type of ecosystem. The Ambassador was particularly impressed by the enthusiasm of researchers, the quality and variety of the current projects, the outstanding diversity of vegetation in the region and, as an orchid enthusiast, their species richness and the impressive bounty of colors, shapes and sizes. To conclude his visit, Mr. Berger met with staff at NCI’s headquarters in Loja, Ecuador to learn more about the collaborative activities taking place between NCI, the DFG and local universities in an effort to most effectively manage the region’s vulnerable ecosystems and to ensure a better livelihood for local populations.

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