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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Thursday, September 21 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Invasive plants: impact and natural based management in Latin America (210905)

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Latin American countries are particularly vulnerable to the threats posed by invasive species. Invasive alien plants (IAP) can have a disproportionate impact on the biodiversity and economies of these countries that have fewer resources to control such plants and typically rely more heavily on agriculture, forestry and fishing than more developed countries.

In this context, this session will address the issue of IAP in Latin America with six presentations. The first two presentations will set the scene of plant invasions in Latin America, addressing the region's knowledge and awareness of IAP. A third presentation will show the socio-economic impact and economic loss of ecosystem services
caused by IAP in Latin America, with special emphasis on Argentina. The following three presentations will focus on the management of invasive plants through the use of biological control.

First, there will be a general introduction to the discipline of biological control and the scope of its application. Then some CB projects in Latin America and the Caribbean will be mentioned, and finally, a parallel will be established between the situation of IAP and biological control between Europe and Latin America in terms of challenges and opportunities.

  • Sergio Zalba – Invasive species in Latin America.
  • Ileana Herrera – Invasive plants in Latin America.
  • Mariana Zilio – The economic impact of biological invasions: what it is and why it matters.
  • Martin Hill – The benefits and risks of biological control in Africa.
  • Philip Weyl – Rust fungi for the biological control of weeds in Latin America, keeping a foot in the door.
  • Helia Marchante and Elizabete Marchante – Biological Control of invasive alien plants in Europe & South America – so many opportunities to share and so many challenges.
CONVENORS: Alejandro Sosa and Fernando Mc Kay

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Fernando Mc Kay

Researcher, Fundación para el Estudio de Especies Invasivas (FuEDEI)
I am a doctor in Biological Sciences from the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since 2002, I work at the Foundation for the Study of Invasive Species (FuEDEI), formerly known as the USDA-ARS, South American Biological Control Laboratory... Read More →

Sergio Zalba

Zalba, Sergio Martín, Dr.Biologist, MSc in Wildlife Management and Dr. in Biology. Professor of Introduction to Biology and Conservation Biology, and researcher of the national council for scientific and technological research (CONICET), based in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. Active... Read More →
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Ileana Herrera

Professor, Universidad Espiritu Santo
I am a biologist with a Ph.D. in Ecology. My research focuses on the ecology of non-native species. I was an Associate Researcher at the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research from 2009 to 2015. Currently, I am a full-time professor and researcher at the School of Environmental... Read More →
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Mariana Zilio

Adjunct Researcher, IIESS (UNS - CONICET)
I am Dr. in Economics, Adjunct Researcher in IIESS and Adjunct Professor at the Economics Department of the Universidad Nacional del Sur. I have been always working on environmental and natural resources economics and, during the last eight years, part of my research has been focused... Read More →
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Martin Hill

Head of Centre for Biological Control, Centre for Biological Control, Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University
Abbreviated CVMartin HillMy research focus is broadly biological control, or both plant and insect pests in an attempt to find alternative ways to control these pests that reduces the amount of pesticides and herbicides used in the world. One of the main research areas has been the... Read More →
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Philip Weyl

I am an entomologist with CABI where I currently lead the weed biological control section at the Swiss centre, Managing projects on 21 different weed species, working with existing biological control agents as well as developing new agents for release. Majority of our projects at... Read More →
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Helia Marchante

Adjunt Professor, Escola Superior Agrária, Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra
I am a biologist and my research focuses on the ecology of invasive plants. I am a lecturer at the School of Agriculture of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, where my main teaching areas are Biology, Botany, Dendrology, Invasive Species Management and Conservation Biology; I also... Read More →

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Convenors: Alejandro Sosa

Researcher, Fundación para el Estudio de Especies Invasivas (FuEDEI)/ Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CO
Dr Alejandro Sosa, is a researcher at Fundación para el Estudio de Especies Invasivas (FuEDEI) and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) investigating invasive plants and biological control. Invasive plants cause negative ecological and/or socieconomic... Read More →

Thursday September 21, 2023 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT