APRU At APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology, and Innovation in Lima, Perú
March 5, 2024

USFQ’s Ery Fukushima explains STI’s key role in Supporting Biodiversity

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The APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology, and Innovation (PPSTI) Meeting in Lima, Peru, on February 29 constituted a perfect platform for Professor Ery Odette Fukushima of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito to share her insights on STI’s crucial role in contributing to the development of resilient solutions in the face of current global challenges, such as biodiversity.

As a delegate of APRU and representative of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Prof. Fukushima presented on a panel titled “Innovation Ecosystems for Resilience Solutions.” Prof. Fukushima illustrated how STI can enhance ecosystem resilience through habitat restoration, conservation biology, and genetic diversity. Citing examples conducted at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station and the Galápagos Science Center, Fukushima emphasized the importance of international and multidisciplinary collaboration to foster innovation to develop effective solutions to sustainability and resilience challenges.

Fukushima also showed that biodiversity underpins everything that economies do by providing essential services and resources and STI fosters sustainable industries and jobs. Prof. Fukushima delved into advances in genetics and genomics, remote sensing, and data analytics. She presented data showing that STI-driven support for biodiversity for Ecuador has created 3,200 job offers and over 2,500 agreements for internships, with 50 foreign students coming to Ecuador for internships.

“STI has supported young innovators engaged around the topic of biodiversity, including those from groups with untapped economic potential, through mentorship, funding, and resources for sustainable solutions,” Prof. Fukushima said.

The PPSTI Afternoon Policy Dialogue was held in the context of the First Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 1) and chaired by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Technology and Space Affairs, Rahima Kandahari at APEC Perú 2024 who was also key contributor at APRU’s APEC University Leaders’ Forum 2023 in San Francisco, CA. It welcomed speakers from academia, government, and industry to discuss successful examples of resiliency solutions developed through STI. The panels closely aligned with the priorities of the PPSTI and the APEC host economy.

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