Meeting of Ecosystem/Protected Areas/Informatics Experts

July 10, 2007

 Washington DC

Venue: Organization of American States
1889 F. St., N.W., 6th Floor Conference Room (Corner 19th and F Street) Washington, D.C. 20006


Advancements in the political and technical considerations in improving databases, metadata, tracking tools, geoportals, and with hemispheric networks to create a user-friendly, decentralized system for storing, managing and reporting on trends in coverage for all biophysical and socio-economic aspects of PA's and biological corridors.  

The OAS Department of Sustainable Development hosted a meeting on July 10, 2007 to encourage Interoperability between Protected Area Tools for Biodiversity Managers with the following objectives:

1. Share information on tools that are available for viewing and integrating geospatial or geo referenced data for Protected Areas;

2.Understand/share info regarding compatibilities/incompatibilities that result from use of standards/protocols;

3. Make recommendations for improving compatibility.  

The following speakers presented the following tools (and their interoperability pertinent):



Andrea Grosse (USGS)


Update on IABIN Invasives Species Thematic Network (I3N) Tools and advancements in the Global Data Toolkit   


Jerry Touval (TNC)


Assessing Ecosystem Conservation in South America  


Arturo Restrepo (NASA) Change Master Directory  
Diane Davies (presented by Minnie Wong) Department of Geography, University of Maryland -- Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS)  
Woody Turner (NASA) Servir and TerraLook (for Gary Geller)  
Richard Huber (GS/OAS/DSD)  Update on IABIN Caribbean Marine Protected Area Database Initiative with MPAGlobal