Workshop in Mexico to Discuss Pole-to-Pole MBON
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 U.S. MBON 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.
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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