|Previously this website belonged to the National Institute of Biological Resources, which was a public institution
integrated within indirect State administration, endowed with administrative and financial autonomy and had its own assets. The institution was based in Portugal.
The institution integrated it’s duties with the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries and Angling, under the supervision of respective minister with the task of the pursuit of science policy and implementation support research to public policies oriented to the valuation of biological resources, in the interests national and in the continuation and deepening of common EU policies.
According to the Organic Law and the Statutes of the INRB integrated three main areas Departmental / Laboratories (the three bodies were autonomous):
The INRB provided technical and scientific support in particular in the following areas:
The INRB was National Reference Laboratory for diseases of animals, for animal feed and for various analysis carried out within the safety of animal and plant foods. It was also World Health Organization Reference Laboratory for Animal Health (OIE) for contagious bovine pleuropneumonia.
The INRB cooperated with organizations and institutions of national and international scientific and technological nature with the same type of goals through consortia, networks and partnerships, particularly:
Below I have posted a few links which indicate information regarding Sustainable Forest Management, Conservation of Marine Ecosystems, Embracing Genetically Engineered Foods, National Veterinary Research Laboratory, and more…
I will never forget my experience with the National Institute of Biological Resources three years ago. I have been working with the institute for ten years now but the great story happened sometime in 2013. We have heard for sometime that the United Nations wanted to do a special ecosystem conservation project in America and wanted to work closely with the Institute. Several of us were selected based on our dedication to duties and numerous positive records. As usual in cases of this nature, I was selected with the team. Our schedule was a wide and encompassing one ranging from forest management to the conservation of marine ecosystems among other assignments.
Forest Management is the continuous human activity that is directed at ensuring the preservation of forest resources in a sustainable manner. Ever since the Rio De Janeiro conference of 1992, Forest Management has been an important focus of the United Nations. There are several criteria and indicators that the United Nations rely upon to monitor the progress of sustainable forest management in several countries.
Some of them include forest health and vitality, Legal and Policy Framework for forest management, biological diversity of the forest among other indicators. Another key indicator is forest governance. Naturally, forest management is much more effective in the advanced countries of the world like America, England, Germany and several other Western European nations.
During our project, we discovered that our dear America had the highest incidence of compliance with the United Nations directive on forest management. One of the reasons responsible for this is the strong legal framework available. There was no uncontrolled poaching of animals or exploitation of forest resources. Moreso, we discovered that the monitoring systems were at its peak.
Forest guards secured the forest from exploitative activities of some criminal minded individuals. It was also their duty to ensure that animals and organisms from the forest do not encroach on the human space and constitute a threat to human life. In all the institutional frameworks available for forest management in America, we gave the Forest Guards the best rating.
Another important area our project focused upon was the preservation of Marine Ecosystems particularly endangered species in the ocean, sea and lakes. We also had a positive report to make on American efforts in the preservation of marine ecosystems. There are several legal framework that preserve and protect the marine ecosystems of America. One of them is the strong control of pollution. We discovered that the marine ecosystem in America blossoms because pollution is controlled to the barest minimum.
There are no exploration of petroleum in fresh water, no dumping of toxic and industrial wastes into the sea among others. One other marine life conservation method effectively deployed by the American Government is that illegal fishing and poaching of marine animals is totally forbidden and there is a robust protocol in place to ensure that no one attempts to breach the law.
Another integral part of our project was in the benefit of genetically modified food to humans. It is our discovery that the practice is being embraced in America and most importantly, we discovered that it is the future of a healthy diet for all humanity. This is because as human population continues to grow, the earth’s capacity to feed its inhabitants through natural processes continues to decline. This is where genetically engineered foods come in. With the aid of genetically engineered food, there can be mass production of food to feed the world’s ever increasing population.
Moreso, genetically engineered food ensures that more nutrients are available to the human consumers of such food. Moreso they take less time to grow like they would have done if cultivated naturally. There is no gainsaying that genetically engineered food would lead to a more healthy diet for mankind. Furthermore, we researched the prospect of genetically engineered food providing curative solutions for several human complex health problems like breast cancer.
During our project, we met with an old grandmother who had worked in the institute when she was younger. She suffered from cancer twice and recovered on both occasions. She claimed that genetically engineered foods were responsible for her recovery.
During our project, we also visited the National Veterinary Research Laboratory as part of our research on domestic animal health and the safety of the humans they reside with. We discovered several ongoing research projects on domestic animal health in the National Veterinary Research Laboratory which is very commendable.
When we concluded our project and submitted our discovery and recommendation, we were all given a commendation letter from the United Nations and we also got promoted at the National Institute of Biological Resources.