The Ministry of Science and Technology announced this Friday the creation of the Inter-institutional Center for Strategic Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Issues (Citeas), which It will work in the city of Ushuaia and will require an investment of 500 million pesos.informed the Conicet
The Minister of Science, Daniel Filmus, stressed that Antarctica “has to do with the destinies of humanity and with the resources for the future. We need to have a much greater presence.”
In this regard, he announced that, in addition to the Center, “we have projected in the budget the construction of the Logistic Pole; both are going to be two axes of this government that will remain forever in Ushuaia”
“We are going to be financing, through the Federal Program ‘Equipar Ciencia’, a good part of the equipment of this Center”, the minister pointed out.
Filmus also recalled the launch of a call exclusively for Malvinas, Antarctica and the South Atlantic, where the seven winning projects to be financed.
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“In 2014 we had started a set of networks and support and more than 70 investigations, which were later not continued and that with this government we are recovering, just as we are recovering the strength of the claim for the Malvinas,” he assured.
For its part, the director of the Conicet, Ana Franchihighlighted that Antarctica “is the most important water reservoir in the world. And given the needs that are being shown in the world, it is a place of increasing interest”
Franchi also specified that “we have to know that places like Antarctica are fundamental and science and technology make sovereignty. And for this we get together different institutions, the provincial and municipal governments to advance in this important project.
The announcement was made in the city of Ushuaia and provincial and academic authorities participated.
Some of the institutions that will carry out this project are: the Austral Center for Scientific Research (CADIC-CONICET); the Argentine Antarctic Institute (IAA-MRECIC); the UNTDF; the National Technological University – Tierra del Fuego Regional Faculty (UTN-FRTDF) and the Fisheries Research and Development Institute (INIDEP)