Villanueva underlines the Oceanográfico´s support to research and environmental conservation

Oct 25, 2007

The general manager for Project Coordination, José Luis Villanueva, today stressed that the Oceanográfico of the City of Arts and Sciences “constitutes not only an entertainment centre but also a place which raises awareness on environmental conservation through educational activities and research”.  
Villanueva underlines the Oceanográfico´s support to research and environmental conservation Villanueva made these statements during the presentation at the Oceanográfico of the Army’s 2007-2008 Antarctic Campaign, which is to take place on Deception Island. Speeches were also made by the Head of the Land Logistics Force 2, General Juan Pinto, the Head of the 2007-2008 Campaign, Commander Jorge Santamaría, and the manager of the National Polar Research Sub-Programme, Margarita Yela.

The general manager for Project Coordination, José Luis Villanueva gave as an example the research work which, during the first months of this year was undertaken by the head of the Oceanográfico’s veterinary service, Daniel García, in conjunction with the research projects that took place in last year’s Antarctic Campaign, particularly in a project of the Universidad Complutense of Madrid on parasites and sea lions on Deception Island.

Moreover, Villanueva reminded those attending of the “Oceanográfico’s interest in polar environments over this last year, a year commemorating the 4th international polar year”, by holding conferences wholly dedicated to these environments and the undertaking of international workshops devoted to the fauna of arctic waters.

The Head of the Land Logistics Force 2, General Juan Pinto thanked the Valencia Regional Government for their "words of support, encouragement, and understanding" and added that “the Valencia Region is a key exponent of how to do things well and an example to other Autonomous Communities”.

For his part, the Head of the 2007-2008 Campaign, Commander Jorge Santamaría explained details of the work that the Army would be undertaking over the four months as logistical support to the scientific and research community, both at the Juan Carlos I base and at that of Gabriel de Castilla, a task that it has been carrying out for more than 20 years.

Finally, the manager of the national Polar Research Sub-Programme, Margarita Yela, stressed the “special” value of the current Antarctic campaign, as it is “the first campaign of the Polar Year, the first time that Spain has participated, and it coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Juan Carlos I base and the beginning of activities on the Gabriel de Castilla base”.

Currently, the Army’s Antarctic Campaign is the oldest ongoing military operation of all those undertaken overseas. Spain’s activities in the Antarctic represent the biggest initiative in the field of research on the so-called sixth continent” and cover the southern summer months from the middle of November to March.