Published On: Fri, Sep 26th, 2014

Colombian consul meets with Colombian students at Carmabi

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWILLEMSTAD - The recently appointed consul of Colombia on Curaçao, Mrs Astrid Valladares Martinez, visited Carmabi on 24 September 2014 to visit with 30 students from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota and their Professor Juan Armando Sanchez. The Colombian students stay at Carmabi to take a week-long coral reef course thought by Professor Sanchez.

After the consul was welcomed by director Mr. Paul Stokkermans and Professor Sanchez, she engaged in a conversation with the Colombian students. First the consul explained her work at the consulate and Professor Sanchez explained why the group is on Curacao. The easy access and the relatively healthy state of the island’s reefs in comparison to other Caribbean locations were, amongst others, mentioned as the main reasons why the Colombian group chose Curaçao as a location for their field course.

Then the students were given the opportunity to ask the consul questions. The questions were many and related to topics such as the procedures to obtain a visa, the work of the consulate, tourism, the pollution of the ocean, the deterioration of coral reefs and the current debate on Oostpunt. The visit was originally planned for 10 minutes, but due to the pleasant atmosphere eventually lasted one hour.

Carmabi receives around 250 students from a large number of countries each year. These are mostly PhD and MSc students that conduct marine biological research on Curaçao. Presently, Carmabi collaborates with approximately 40 universities worldwide and this number is increasing steadily since the opening of the new research building at Piscadera.

Carmabi is a Curaçaoan foundation that focuses on scientific research on land and in the ocean. Founded in 1955, it is one of the oldest marine research facilities in the Caribbean. In addition to research, Carmabi’s goals are to aid towards the acquisition and management of nature parks on Curacao and make the island’s population aware of the importance of sustainable development. The foundation is made up of four departments, i.e., research, park management, education, and advisory/consultancy. Carmabi currently employs 30 people.

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