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University of Belize Expands Horizon in Ocean Acidification

The University of Belize recently had representation at a meeting held in Vienna, Austria from April 10 through 12.  Jair Valladarez was the representative at the meeting which focuses on a project geared at a global ocean acidification network that seeks to involve all developing states.  Valladarez’ participation and training were done with the intention to build human and laboratory capacity at the university in order to take part in national, regional and inter-regional projects funded by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  During the meeting, Valladarez engaged in discussions on standardization of methodology and ocean acidification research kits with renowned experts in the field.  He also presented UB’s and by extension Belize’s current capacities, gaps and future needs and opportunities for collaboration in the work against ocean acidification.  The University of Belize is currently engaged in two projects, namely, Application of Nuclear Science in Environmental and Health Research as well as Strengthening National Capacity for Measuring and Monitoring Marine Pollution and Studying the Effects of Ocean Acidification on Marine Ecosystems.