Census of Marine Life Participates in Convention on Biological Diversity COP10
The Census of Marine Life sponsored a side event on Friday, October 22 at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties 10 in Nagoya, Japan. The event summarized the the research results of the 2000-2010 Census of Marine Life, and discussed the relationship and potential importance to the CBD. Yoshihisa Shirayama, a member of the Scientific Steering Committee, convened the event and participants gave presentations on the overall findings of the Census, the applications of the Census of Marine Life for the CBD, the utility of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Discussion after the presentations was lively and included questions on how to fund future work; remaining gaps in data under the Census; and how the Census can inform on human impacts on marine biodiversity. Please see http://www.iisd.ca/biodiv/cop10/enbots/22octe.html for the full report and http://webcast.cop10.go.jp/player.asp?id=2302&type=ondeman for the video.
In addition to the side event, the Census of Marine Life project Natural Geography In Shore Areas (NaGISA) hosted a international meeting in parallel to the COP10 to bring together near-shore benthic ecologists and taxonomists from Western pacific regions. The theme of the conference was Conservation of Marine Biodiversity and was highlighted by keynote speeches by several Census of Marine Life scientists.