A new £20 million bioeconomy research programme between the UK and Colombia has been announced.
The agreement was signed by Nick Hurd, Minister for Industry and Climate Change and Yaneth Giha, Director of Colciencias, a Colombian national research agency.
The programme will help tackle pollution and deforestation and develop new drugs, medicines and bio-fertilisers that can sustainably increase crop yields in Colombia, the world’s second most biodiverse nation.
Colombia is also the UK’s number one partner in the fight to halt and reverse deforestation, which is the second-largest source of global greenhouse gas emissions.
The UK has already pledged to provide £45 million support to address deforestation in Colombia, focused mainly on the Amazon region.
Mr Hurd said: “The UK is Colombia’s number one partner for research collaboration and a vital ally in the fight to halt and reverse deforestation.
“The £20 million Colombia Bio programme is a significant moment in our relationship giving our world leading researchers and scientists the opportunity to work closely with Colombian counterparts tackling global challenges, addressing developmental issues and unlocking the full potential of Colombia’s biodiverse geography.”