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Glacier retreat in the Peruvian AndesPlay

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Palcacocha glacier, Cordillera Blanca, Peru

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Peru is interesting it contains about 70 percent of the world's tropical glaciers.
As you can imagine the tropics isn't a great place for glaciers.
Many mountain regions around the world are warming at much higher than the global average
and that's true also in Peru.
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Palcacocha glacier

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Speaker 1 (Jemma Wadham):
Glaciers in Peru have been retreating,
over the last few decades they've lost about 30 percent of their area.
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Jemma Wadham, Professor of Glaciology, University of Bristol
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The very special thing about Peruvian glaciers is actually they are vital as a water resource for the region.
So during the rainy season the glaciers receive snowfall and they're nourished,
and in the dry season, when there's less rain, they then melt and continue to provide meltwater for local communities.
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Palcacocha glacier

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So they really buffer a kind of low water supply during the dry season when the rain stops.
So they're really, really important in providing water to people to croplands, to animals as well.
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With any big grand environmental challenge it's so much more powerful to be able to bring
people together,
across disciplines across borders and I think the project we're running is a unique example of that.
So I'm a glaciologist from the UK, I've done a lot of work on glaciers,
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Three researchers walking towards Palcacocha glacier

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Raul Loayza-Muro, my collaborator in Peru, he's an ecotoxicologist,
so he's very up on the impact of water quality on people and an ecosystem
so together we actually bring a really unique set of skills together,
which enables us to kind of address this grand challenge about water quality and glassy retreat in Peru.
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Two researchers sit and examine rocks

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The glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca they sit on top of these rocks which are very metal rich
As the glaciers are retreating they are exposing those rocks in front of them, they get washed
by the rain,
they're open to the atmosphere, the metals get dissolved out of the rock sand and that process produces acid.
So the rivers are becoming acidic and very metal toxic.
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Shots of the glacier

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What we don't know is which rivers that's going to happen to, which rivers that's not going to happen to.
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River flowing

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So what we're hoping to do through our project is to produce a vulnerability map of that whole region for the water resource managers.
So they can see which rivers are going to be a problem as the glaciers retreat, which ones we don't think will be a problem,
and then on the flip side of that, to work with these communities to help them to remediate
some of the toxic waters in the rivers which is happening due to glacier retreat.
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Researchers working by river and collecting and analysing samples

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So they're constructing artificial wetlands, and by working with these communities I think what's quite nice,
is actually we're kind of implementing a solution to the problem,
rather than just diagnosing the fact that there is a water quality problem in the mountains
in that region.
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Researchers and local community members discuss the problem together on a mountain in Peru

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Speaker 2 (Dr Raul Loayza-Muro):
Wetlands are ecosystems that are unique to high-altitude Andes. They are characterised by native
Flora, consisting of moss and grasses.
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Caption: Dr Raul Loayza-Muro, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Dr Raul Loayza-Muro

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This ecosystem is like a sponge that keeps water and also filters the water.
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So learning about the functioning of these ecosystems make us think about designing green infrastructure.
One example what happens here in the Shallap catchment. Glacier retreats has produced oxidation, acidification of water and transport of metals.
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Surrounding mountainous landscape

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This has been channelized down to an artificial wetland, where we are aiming to treat a part of this acid water coming from the upper parts,
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Dr Raul Loayza-Muro

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so we can improve the quality, delivering water to reservoirs, so that local people can use this water for their lands, for crops for example, for cattle raising.
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Researcher testing water quality
Local people and cows walking through field

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Speaker 1 (Jemma Wadham):
May the memory of my people not rage against me.
I never wanted to murder the valley.
And let everyone know, I did not cause my own death
So this evening I’m about to perform in a play about changing glaciers in Peru,
where I will actually be becoming the glacier.
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Caption: Performance at UK ambassador’s residence, Lima
Jemma Wadham dressed as a glacier performing on stage

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So the performance is linked to a programme called Trans.MISSION. It's jointly funded by the Natural Environment Research Council in the in the UK,
with the Hay Festival, which is one of the world's greatest literary festivals,
and Hay kind of paired me with a storyteller and actress in Peru, which is Erica Stockholm,
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and she's written a beautiful story about the changing glaciers from the scientific results that I've kind of discussed with her.
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Erica Stockholm and Dr Raul Loayza-Muro address an audience

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I really think that there should be more collaboration between scientists and artists
because I think at the moment it's pretty clear that the science messages about what's happening
need to get out there in a more accessible way,
and artists have a brilliant way of doing that actually and there's something quite powerful what happens when art meets science
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Jemma Wadham performs on stage

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I really believe that if people come together across disciplines and across different nations, that you can actually solve some of these problems.
You will come to a problem with a different mindset and a different skill set,
and actually these kind of projects, they help you open up a little bit
and see things from another perspective, to bring in different types of solution
so I really, really believe that international cooperation is key with solving grands environmental challenges.
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Closing slide with text:
Play written by Erica Stockholm
Play music and violin: Pedro Avila
Filmed and edited by Jon Spaull
Music for fil composed by Jim Howard
The CASCADA project is funded by
NERC and CONCYTEC through the
Newton Paulet Fund
The play was funded by the
Hay Festival/NERC Trans.MISSION programme
CONCYTEC logo, Natural Environment research Council logo, Newton Paulet Fund logo

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Research and Innovation through the Newton-Caldas FundPlay

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Speaker 1: (Dr Peter Tibber)
The Newton Fund is one of the best things we do in Colombia
It is a mechanism to boost scientific collaboration between the United Kingdom and Colombia
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Speaker 2: (Luis Calzadilla)
The Newton-Caladas Fund is a British government fund that promotes socio-economic development
through the use of science and innovation
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Caption: Luis Calzadilla, Head of Science and Innovation, British Embassy Colombia
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Speaker 2: (Luis Calzadilla)
We have been working here in Colombia since 2014 and we expect that by the year 2021
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Speaker 2: (Luis Calzadilla)
We have co-invested around 60 million pounds with Colombia
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Speaker 2: (Luis Calzadilla)
In the case of Colombia, we have 15 implementing partners of the Newton Fund
who actively work with Colombian associates
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Luis Calzadilla speaking to camera on left hand side
Aerial shot of Colombia

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Speaker 3: (Natalia Ramírez García)
Since its early days, the Newton-Caldas Fund has promoted scientific collaboration
between researchers from the United Kingdom and Colombia
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Caption: Natalia Ramírez García, Science and innovation Coordinator, British Embassy Colombia
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Speaker 3: (Natalia Ramírez García)
in order to find solutions to global challenges
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Speaker 3: (Natalia Ramírez García)
For example; adaption to climate change, sustainable use of biodiversity
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Speaker 3: (Natalia Ramírez García)
Reduction of poverty, treatment of tropical diseases, among others
Our priority areas are
Bio-science
Stabilisation and peace building
Food security
Health
Agro-technology
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Bio-science
Stabilisation and peace building
Food security
Health
Agro-technology

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Speaker 4:
Within the Newton Fund our most ambitious proposal is Colombia Bio,
a program through we which we encourage a strong collaboration
between British and Colombian researchers
Both governments have committed £20 million to co-invest in research
to comprehend and sustainably use the vast biodiversity in Colombia
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Speaker 3: (Natalia Ramírez García)
Scientists from several countries study the paramos from Boyacá and Cundinamarca
with the aim of producing new scientific knowledge for Colombia and the world
Since its beginning back in 2014
the Newton-Caldas Fund has co-funded with Colombia around 300 projects
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Speaker 1: (Dr Peter Tibber)
The exchange that Newton Fund supports
Is magnificent for the relations between both countries
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Caption: Some examples of our work in Colombia:
Newton-Caladas Fund (logo)
Newton Prize (logo)

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Biomarkers of therapeutic response in children affected by neglected tropical diseases
María Adelaida Gómez, Coordinator, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Unit, CIDEIM International Training and Medical Research Center
Richard Burchmore, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow

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Speaker 5: This project is a bilateral capacity building project between the United Kingdom and Colombia
Intended to train researchers in high-level technologies, molecular biology and others,
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Speaker 5: To research on native infectious diseases in our country,
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Speaker 5: Which have a very important impact on the Colombian population’s health
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Speaker 5: Particularly on the most vulnerable population.
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Captions: Sustainable Energy Storage Technologies using Palm Tree Residues from Colombia
Diana López, Professor and Group Coordinator, University of Antioquia
Professor Magdalena Titirici, Queen Mary University of London

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Speaker 6: The project involves transforming palm oil residues into value-added products such as bio-fuels,
Chemical compounds and carbonaceous materials used for energy storage systems
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Bioelectrochemical systems to reduce the environmental impact of coffee agro-industry
Lina María Agudelo Escobar, Associate Professor, Microbiology School of University of Antioquia

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Speaker 7: The objective of this project is basically to make an innovation
In the application of microbial fuel cells,
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Speaker 7: In order to run a simultaneous process
of decontamination of the waste of the coffee beneficiation process
and a co-generation of electricity
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Design, creation and implementation of a “Mineral Benefit School Plant, municipality of Segovia – Antioquia, Colombia”
Lesli Zapata Sánchez, Co-founder and Assistant Management Nanotecol

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Speaker 8: A gold extraction process through nano and biotechnology that is efficient and sustainable;
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Speaker 8: This innovation would empower the miner to have a better quality of life
While promoting peace
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To scale up the development of an intelligent water measurement device at the industrial level, in order to save this valuable resource in Colombia and to serve as a model to be replicated in other countries
Jimy Alexander Aguirre, Hardware Coordinator
Jorge Hernán Salazar Baena

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Speaker 9:
The project for which I received funding from the Newton Fund
Is an intelligent measurement device of the internet of things,
Which is coupled to the existing water meter
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Speaker 9: And allows people to finally understand and analyse how they use water resources
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Peace-building and equitable development in Colombia: using community-based knowledge as a basis for negotiated development strategies at the intersection of urban and rural areas
Professor Mónica Elizabeth Mejía Escalante, National University of Colombia Medellín Campus
Professor Francoise Coupé, National University of Colombia Medellín Campus
María Soledad García Ferrari, Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design, University of Edinburgh

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Speaker 10: The project tries to answer the question: what is innovation?
Issues at the intersection of the urban and rural areas of the city
have become terribly worse
The idea is to master the data that they collect from their environment
which allows them to dialogue with the municipal administration
with a solid knowledge regarding all the technology and all the scientific knowledge
that used to create a strong barrier in the dialogue
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Speaker 7:
The Newton fund has been very important to me
and has allowed me to generate international networks
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Speaker 7:
And with this I’ve been able to consolidate some research proposals at the international level
and it has allowed me to consolidate an interdisciplinary work group
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Speaker 9: We have been working promptly in terms of design
and also with our relations with institutions, especially the United Kingdom
which has also allowed us to learn about other technologies
that are at the forefront in Europe and the rest of the World
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Speaker 6: The support has been instrumental in generating alliances
with researchers from the United Kingdom
Generating knowledge through participation in academic events,
publications, exchange of researchers and student training
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Speaker 5: This is an opportunity for people in Colombia
to get training in technologies that are underdeveloped in this country,
And for people in the United Kingdom to train in Colombia
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Speaker 8:
It is like a giant network,
And also gives us the chance to see that everything is possible
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Adriana Colmenares
Aída Salamanca
Alejandro Franco
Alejandro Hincapié
Alejandro Olaya
Amy Mayes
Amy Vitale
Ana María Bedoya
Ana María Salazar
Andy Jarvis
Angelica Ramírez
Angélica Pinzón
Angélica Santodomingo
Annaliese Munn
Beatriz Mejía
Beth Taylor
Brigitte Baptiste
Carolina Tamayo
Chris Banahan
Chris Rawlings
Constanza Londono
David Tobian
Federica Di Palma
Felipe García
Francisco Solano
Hannah Brown
Helga Hernández
Henry Alterio
Hernando García
Ingrid Rueda
Jaime Bueno
José Puyana
Juan Camilo Pérez
Juliana Chaves
Juliana Sepúlveda
Karen Cuesta
Kathy Willis
Kenan Poleo
Laura Bones
Leonor Hidalgo
Libardo Guitiérrez
Lina Montenegro
Lui Eduardo Quintero
Luz Amparo Martínez
Mahmoda Ali
María Carmela Julio Giraldo
María Eugenia Pinto
Mario Murcia
Mark Jarman
Mateo Prada
Mauricio Diazgranados
Mónica Vargas
Oscar Gualdrón
Patrick Shipp
Peter Cozens
Shaarad Sharma
Silvia Otero
Simon Kerley
Soraya Rozo
Stephanie Espinosa
Sylvia María Pineda
Sylvia Torres
Tatiana Rojas
Tom Miscioscia
Victor Tamayo S.A.S
Wendy Waring
Yaneth Giha Tovar

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