National & Regional Activities
As part of its global goals, the Census of Marine Life was committed to strengthening support for marine biodiversity research at the national or regional level so that this research would continue well after the first Census of Marine Life concluded in 2010. Following in the footsteps of other successful global research programs, several nations and groups of nations brought together regional Census stakeholders, such as researchers, government and non-government agencies, and resource managers, who assessed the status of knowledge of marine biodiversity in their waters. In many cases, these assessments led to the organization of National or Regional Implementation Committees (NRICs) that implemented more local programs and improved the geographic scope of the Census of Marine Life and its projects. By engaging scientists, funding agencies, policy-makers and the broad user community, these national and regional committees identified their research and data priorities for marine biodiversity and found ways to make them happen by building partnerships, exploring funding opportunities for local science, and promoting the Census to local audiences. The committees worked under the Census umbrella and the guidance of its international Scientific Steering Committee.
The map below the shows scope of national and regional level activities within the Census of Marine Life (stars indicate locations of lead organizations).
The links below provide more information on CoML’s national and regional activities:
- Indian Ocean
- Republic of Korea
- South America
- Sub-Saharan Africa