Fifth Council Meeting of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN) held in Uruguay

From May 9-11, 2007, biodiversity information experts and government representatives from the Americas met in Uruguay to participate in the Fifth Council Meeting of IABIN.  IABIN was created in 1996, as an initiative of the Summit of the Americas held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and reiterated in the OAS Ministers of Environment meeting in Santa Cruz in December 2006, to provide the networking information infrastructure (such as standards and protocols), tools, and biodiversity information content required by the countries of the Americas to improve decision-making, particularly for issues at the interface of sustainable development and biodiversity conservation.  

Ambassador John Biehl, Director of the OAS office in Uruguay, Arq. Jaime Igorra, the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Environment, Uruguay, Gladys Cotter, USGS Associate Chief Biologist for Information and Chair of IABIN, and Sr. Oscar de los Santos, Mayor of Maldonaldo opened the meeting.

In addition to 30 IABIN Focal Points from the OAS Member States participants included technical representatives from the World Bank, Organization of American States, Global Biodiversity Information Facility, The Nature Conservancy, Global Invasive Species Program, City of Knowledge Foundation, international and national non-government organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector. Participants reaffirmed that biological information and tools using this information must play a vital role in the conservation of biological diversity in the Western Hemisphere. They agreed on the next steps for scientific and technical information exchange through the IABIN Catalog and five Thematic Networks (species and specimens, ecosystems, pollinators, protected areas, and invasive species).

The IABIN Invasives Information Network (I3N), and GeoSUR, a project to create a geospatial information network in South America, also hosted meetings in Uruguay to present their resolutions to the IABIN Council.  IABIN Focal Points and regional NGOs learned about the progress I3N is making in forming national invasive species networks and databases throughout the region, and received a briefing on the planning and visualization benefits the GeoSUR initiative will bring to South America upon completion.  Presentations, news releases, and other documents from the meeting are available on the IABIN Web site




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