ITALY-PERU BIODIVERSITY EXHIBITION ARRIVES IN LIMA

(VELINO) Roma, 16 Jul - An exhibition on scientific cooperationbetween Italy and Peru over the study and preservation ofAmazonian biodiversity has arrived in Lima. Emanuele Biggi'sMicromundos exhibition has been organised by the ItalianCultural Institute (IIc) in the Peruvian capital. Theexhibition brings together 40 large-format images by the famousItalian naturalist and photographer, known to the generalpublic as co-host of the television programme Geo. Theinitiative, launched in recent days by the charge d'affaires atthe Italian Embassy in Lima, Michele Polacco, was organised inassociation with the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, which hasprovided

(VELINO) Roma, 16 Jul - An exhibition on scientific cooperationbetween Italy and Peru over the study and preservation ofAmazonian biodiversity has arrived in Lima. Emanuele Biggi'sMicromundos exhibition has been organised by the ItalianCultural Institute (IIc) in the Peruvian capital. Theexhibition brings together 40 large-format images by the famousItalian naturalist and photographer, known to the generalpublic as co-host of the television programme Geo. Theinitiative, launched in recent days by the charge d'affaires atthe Italian Embassy in Lima, Michele Polacco, was organised inassociation with the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, which hasprovided one of the largest rooms at the Museo de la Nacionmuseum, which among other things also houses the ministry'sheadquarters. The photos on show were taken in the course ofresearch that Biggi carried out in Peru, particularly in thesoutheast in the vicinity of the Manu National Park. His worksportray various rare and little known species of amphibians,reptiles and insects, presenting a number of results of recentinvestigations in the field of ethology. The plant and animalbiodiversity in the study area is unique worldwide. In thiscontext, the micromundos (microworlds) play an essential rolein balancing the ecosystem, but on the other hand it is alsoexposed to the risks deriving from climate change and changesto the surrounding habitat. The project is of particularimportance, both because it is an example of bilateralscientific cooperation with significant educational impact andbecause it is very visible in the context of environmentalinitiatives that will take place in Lima in the coming months,inaugurating a programme of events organised by the mostimportant Peruvian and foreign institutions operating in thecountry. In this regard, it should be recalled that in DecemberLima will host the COP 20, the United Nations FrameworkConvention on Climate Change. vel.