Workshop in Mexico to Discuss Pole-to-Pole MBON
Sept. 2016 -- Leading researchers and administrators from governments, scientific agencies and NGOs in the Americas met in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Sept 26-30, 2016, to discuss developing MBON collaborations in the region. The meeting discussions focused on defining needs and opportunities for linking existing and new marine biodiversity observation efforts in the Americas, and linking with other related international groups. The workshop was hosted by CONABIO/Mexico and sponsored by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and NOAA. The MBON Sanctuaries project PI Frank Muller Karger and CO-I Enrique Montes helped facilitate and shared lessons learned from the U.S. projects. The workshop was the first step towards establishing a regional Americas contribution to a Pole-to-Pole, global MBON.
MBON PI Muller-Karger Appointed as GEO MBON Co-Chair
In 2016, Frank Muller Karger, MBON Sanctuaries Project PI, was appointed co-chair for the new thematic Marine Biodiversity Observation Network, established by the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON). He joins co-chairs, Mark Costello, m.costello[at]auckland.ac.nz and Isabel Sousa Pinto, ispinto[at]ciimar.up.pt. The thematic MBON links GEO BON with Blue Planet (GEO’s overarching marine task), the Global Ocean Observing System’s Biodiversity and Ecosystems Panel (GOOS Bio-ECO), and other marine and biodiversity initiatives and data sharing strategies. The co-chairs are developing plans and holding monthly webinars on key issues relevant to building regional MBONs.
The U.S. MBON projects are funded under the National Ocean Partnership Program (NOPP RFP NOAA-NOS-IOOS-2014-2003803) in partnership between NOAA, BOEM, and NASA, with the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (U.S. IOOS) program pioneering the implementation.
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