International Meetings

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] and Isabel Sousa Pinto, ispinto[at]  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.   

  • February 2017 --  Chavez and Muller-Karger participated in the Implementation of Multi-disciplinary Sustained Ocean Observations Workshop,  North Miami, United States.
  • December 2016 -- Muller Karger atended the Future Oceans Knowledge-Action Network coordinated by Future Earth in Kiel, Germany . U.S. MBON researchers attended a side event in the Convention on Biological Diversity CoP in Cancun, Mexico.
  • November 2016-- Chavez attended the GEO-XIII Plenary in St Petersburg, Russia. 
  • July 2016 --  At the GEO MBON meeting in Leipzig, Germany, Muller-Karger led a workshop on “Developing Regional MBONs: Approaches and Lessons Learned.” The workgroup discussed progress towards developing and linking regional MBONs. 
  • April 2016 -- Gabrielle Canonico (U.S. IOOS) and Frank Muller-Karger (USF) participated in the Technical Workshop on Monitoring of Marine and Coastal Biodiversity at SBSTTA-20 April 25, 2016 organized by the Convention on Biological Diversity in collaboration with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and MBON.   Canonico  gave an overview of the MBON initiative at the Convention on Biological Diversity pre-SBSTTA-20 side event workshop.