Meeting Objectives:                                       

  • Evaluation and lessons learned in 4.5 years of implementing the IABIN-GEF Project

  • IABIN 2010-2015 – What will IABIN be?

  • Define IABIN’s niche in the global bioinformatics community

  • Define IABIN’s mission and workplan for 2010-2015

  • Funding to implement main lines of work to achieve objectives.

  • Review of current Stakeholders Roles and transition to their future roles

  • Review and strengthen plans for GEF II follow up project

 Meeting Expected Outputs:

  • Lessons learned

  • IABIN’s niche, mission and objectives

  • Outline of Implementation Plan 2010-2015 including funding and sustainability

  • Assignment of responsibilities to develop detailed work plans for each objective, including work plan for the IEC for the following months

  • Recommend adjustments to IABIN-GEF project to reflect progress, challenges from last four years of project implementation

  • Discussion and decisions on technical development and sustainability of the Thematic Networks;

  • Work plan for Component 4 Sustainability

  • Follow-up GEF II profile and workplan;   

Meeting Documents:


In preparation for the meeting please read the following documents:


IABIN 2009 Brochure

Semester Report Jul-Dec 08

Vision Statement

Indicative List of IABIN Phase II projects

Draft Agenda (updated July 2)


IABIN Focal Points that have confirmed participation


Antigua and Barbuda Argentina The Bahamas
Barbados Belize Bolivia
Brazil Canada Chile
Colombia Costa Rica  
Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador
El Salvador Grenada Guatemala
Guyana Haiti Honduras
Jamaica Mexico Nicaragua
Panama Paraguay Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
Suriname Trinidad and Tobago United States of America
Uruguay Venezuela  
Logistic Information 
Lodging in Bayahibe:

Viva Wyndham Resort

Wyndham Hotels And Resorts

Phone: (809) 562-6001

Fax: (809) 221-6806

Date: Your reservation is from July 13 until July 18 2009.

Hotel Guide:


Air Transportation

All meeting participants sponsored by IABIN should receive their itinerary from OMEGA WORLD TRAVEL. For any questions about the flights, please contact Luisa Fernanda Neira. If participants are charged any entry/exit fee by their own country or by the Dominican Republic, they will be reimbursed by the GS/OAS upon submission of receipts.



Participants from any nationality with a valid U.S. visa do not need a visa for the Dominican Republic. The only participants who should request a visa for the Dominican Republic are those coming from Panama, Haiti and Colombia. The GS/OAS will issue letters for participants from these countries to present at the Dominican consulate in their countries and will reimburse all visa costs. Participants from all other countries will have to purchase a "tourism card" at the airport which costs US$10.


Transportation from the airports to the Viva Wyndham Resort

A hotel van will be waiting for all participants in each airport. The transportation to and from any of the two airports (La Romana airport located 21 miles from the hotel and the Santo Domingo airport located 72 miles from the hotel), will be by arranged and covered by the GS/OAS. Participants doing their own travel arrangements should send their confirmed itinerary to Luisa Fernanda Neira so that we can coordinate your transportation to and from the airport.


Expenses at the hotel

All meeting participants will be under the "all inclusive" plan (accommodations,  unlimited food and drinks) of the Viva Windham Resort which is covered by the GS/OAS. In addition, Focal Points will receive between US$100 and US$150  upon their arrival to the Dominican Republic (depending on the country of origin) to cover other expenses including the "traveler card" to be purchased at the airport, transportation costs in their countries and any other airport tax. Any additional expenses such as room service, phone calls and laundry service will have to be paid by each participant and will not be refunded. For more information on the facilities and activities offered by the the hotel, please visit


Meeting Translation

The meeting will have simultaneous translation in 2 languages: Spanish and English.



The monetary unit of Dominican Republic is the "Dominican Peso". The exchange rate is 36 "Dominican Pesos" = US$1.

Hotels, Restaurants and gift shops accept the main credit cards (American Express, Visa, MarterCard, etc.). 



In the month of July the temperature reaches a maximum of 33°C (91 °F) and a minimum of 23°C (73°F).


Local Time

Bayahibe local time is (-5h GMT) the same as Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the USA.



The electric power in Bayahibe is 110 volts, 60 hertz. The electronic devices of different voltage must be used with an adapter.


Dress code

The meeting dress code is business casual. For the field trip on Friday, July 17 it is recommended that attendees wear comfortable clothing that can dry easily and bring sunscreen, bathing suit, water shoes and bug repellent. If you will not be attending the field trip please inform Luisa Fernanda Neira.


Place and Time of the Field Trip

Date: July 17 2009

Hour: 7:00 a.m  - 1:00 p.m.

Place: del Este National Park

Transport: The hotel will be in charge of the transportation to the park and back.


Contact at the Dominican Republic:

Marina Hernandez P.


Cell: (809) 8502106

Office: (809) 472 4354

Skype: marina.hernandez.padron

Contact at the OAS

Luisa Fernanda Neira S.

Department of Sustainable Development

Executive Secretariat for Integral Development

Organization of American States

Phone: 202.458.6097

Fax: 202.458.3560




Parque Nacional del Este