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Sat, 09 Mar 2019 12:17 - Updated Sat, 09 Mar 2019 12:17

ISCED: Cooperation with Portugal leads to creation of a natural museum

Lubango - The southern Huila province-based Higher Institute of Educational Sciences (ISCED) is turning the Center for the Study of Biodiversity and Environmental Education (CIBEA) into a natural history museum, in view of its more than 50,000 species collection.

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The achievement of this objective is the result of the cooperation with the University of Porto (Portugual) established four years ago.

The  centre’s coordinator, Fernanda Laje, said the project is currently being publicised to attract the funders.

The existing collection of birds in CIBEA is the third largest in Africa, after two located in South Africa, with 45,000 specimens and 670 different species.

The Center for Studies on Biodiversity and Environmental Education has a herbarium of 16,000 registered plants and others still to be registered.

In turn, the ISCED general director, José Luis Alexandre, spoke of  the need of support by the University of Porto to train specialists in the areas of biodiversity, statistics, cataloging, classification, plant and animal nomenclature for the institution.

The institution signed various agreements with the universities of Aveiro, Évora and Porto.

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