Conferences & Training
Latin America & Caribbean Network
Conservation Conference 2008
Theme: Information Management for Biodiversity Conservation
The Latin American and Caribbean Network Conservation Conference
NatureServe’s Latin America and the Caribbean Network “Regional Alliance for Information about Threatened Biodiversity” (ARRIBA), and the Asociación Nacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, ANCON, organized the Latin America & Caribbean Conservation Conference entitled “Information Management for Biodiversity Conservation”.
The Conference was an educational event where members from the ARRIBA network came together for discussion, planning, training, and professional networking related to conservation of threatened biodiversity in Latin America and the Caribbean. The purpose of the Conference was to strengthen the network so members can work together on challenges and opportunities in the region.
The Conservation Conference was held in Panama in August 2008 with the participation of 20 members of the ARRIBA network from 12 countries, plus seven NatureServe staff, and distinguished guests from TNC, CICH, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Station and ANAM. The meeting met its objectives of catalyzing the exchange of information about NatureServe and locally-developed methods/tools. The result was an action plan for developing joint projects throughout the region.
The results of the Conference are as follows:
- Regional Action Plan for the network in support of NatureServes Strategic Plan;
- Regional and thematic priorities identified;
- Overview on biodiversity data management tools and methodologies;
- Funding Strategy; and,
- Project presentations about the application of a range of tools and methodologies for biodiversity conservation.
About the Latin American and Caribbean Network
Latin America and the Caribbean harbor a tremendous diversity of plant and animal life, yet conservation efforts in the region are often hampered by a lack of reliable biological and ecological information. NatureServe, through its Latin American and Caribbean Network, works to protect biological diversity by promoting the development and use of scientific information and technologies relevant to the regions pressing conservation needs and limited resources.
Central to this effort is work to enhance incountry capacities for biological inventory, monitoring, and data management, and to link that capacity with hemispheric and global efforts to understand and protect species and the habitats on which they depend.
The Latin America and the Caribbean Network Regional Alliance for Information about Threatened Biodiversity (ARRIBA), consists of 20 biodiversity conservation data centers and other organizations responsible of information management, located in Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.
The audience for this Conference consisted of conservation data centers directors, coordinators, and data managers from the ARRIBA network and NatureServe partners working in the region.
Date & Location
- August 25 27, 2008
- Avalon Resorts Grand Panamá
- Via Transistmica, Las Cumbres, Frente a la Cueva de los Leones
- Tel. (507) 2684499
- Fax (507) 2688654
- Apdo. 63792, El Dorado, Zona 6
- Panamá City, Panamá
We are grateful to Mary Klein, President and CEO of NatureServe, and Alida Spadafora, President of ANCON, for their continuing collaboration with the Latin America and the Caribbean Conservation Conference 2008. Correspondingly, we are grateful for the support of ANCONPanama, CIETVenezuela, NatureServe, Mr. Roberto Zambrano, Director of the Board of Directors of NatureServe, and other donors that have made possible the participation of LAC members and the achievement of this event.