The Cali Zoo Foundation is betting on promoting science in the regions

The Cali Zoo Foundation is betting on promoting science in the regions

Through the Valle del Cauca government’s royalty fund, the Cali Zoo Foundation promotes projects aimed at strengthening science centers in the Pacific and Eastern Plains region. In total there are 4.5 billion dollars that will be allocated for this purpose.

“In the Pacific region, work will take place in four departments: Valle del Cauca, Choco, Cauca and Nariño, where nine scientific centers not recognized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation will be strengthened. For its part, three centers will be supported in Llanos,” explained María Clara Domínguez, Director of the Cali Zoo Foundation.

The implementation of these projects will last about 24 months and is now in its initial stage.

According to Robert Arango-Lopez, director of research for the Cali Zoo Foundation, the terms of reference for the call are very simple. “We will go to the regions to work with them to understand the conditions so that they can set up a good project,” he said.

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The budget for this initiative in the Pacific region is $3.2 billion and in the Eastern Plains is $1.3 billion.

According to Maria Clara Dominguez, director of the zoo, it took more than six months of work to present the project.

“In the Pacific, we will strengthen 9 science centers and in Llanos 3. Our allies for the Pacific are National Parks, Calidris, Fundación Zoocriadero de Mariposas Andoke and Lugar a Ciencias. For Llano, another organization has been added, the Cunaguaro y Calidris Foundation.

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The purpose of the project is to promote science centers in the two regions. This includes the component of training, strengthening the physical scenario and establishing business networks. The supported entities will receive $120 million each, across all operations.

He explained, “It should be noted that no entity will receive cash, and the budget will be invested to support equipment, training, infrastructure support, and others.”

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