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Vision and Mission

Our Vision

The tropics are currently home to more than 40% of the global human population and boast the highest concentration of the world’s biodiversity. Tropical ecosystems, such as rainforests, support numerous species and ecological functions, including the generation of a significant amount of the Earth’s oxygen and the regulation of the global climate. Moreover, they provide a wealth of genetic resources used in agriculture and medicine and sustain the livelihoods of billions of people. Amidst their critical importance, tropical ecosystems are raising urgent alarms  - jeopardizing not only biodiversity but also the foundation of human existence. The TROPIBIO project strives to preserve the rich biodiversity and integrity of tropical ecosystems, ensuring a sustainable future for both nature and humanity.  

Our Mission

This project aims to expand the research and innovation potential of CIBIO – Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources – through the creation of an ERA Chair in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems Research (TROPIBIO). Taking advantage of historical and cultural links, the project is rooted in the network of TwinLabs established between CIBIO and institutions from Portuguese-speaking African countries, aiming to support research in biodiversity assessment, conservation and sustainable use, as well as ecosystem function and services. By doing so, the project contributes to achieving the Life on land goal of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 
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