Sunday, October 25, 2009

Conference Week

Today GVI Costa Rica head north to Belize to the Mesoamerican Society of Biology & Conservation's annual congress. Representing us are Country Director David Aneurin Jones and Marine Turtle Program Manager Stephanny Arroyo Arce, who between them will be presenting data from four GVI Costa Rica projects.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the week!

See the full program list

The MSBC Congress

The MSBC congress is an annual event that congregates between 300 and 1000 Mesoamericans and people from other regions and continents. These participants assemble during oral and poster presentations, special symposia, courses and workshops. Advancements in their research are discussed and experiences shared. The congress also serves to tighten collaborative links amongst institutions and researchers in different fields related to biology and conservation. By bringing together the experience, the scientific-technical knowledge, and the wide network of associates in the entire region at congresses, the MSBC works to support the management of the natural and cultural resources in the Mesoamerican region.

The XIII MSBC Congress in Belize

In the history of the Society, the Belize Chapter and the country of Belize have never hosted the annual regional congress. The MSBC and the Belize MSBC Chapter have therefore entered into a partnership with the University of Belize and the Belize Audobon Society to organize the XIII Congress of the MSBC to be held in Belize City on October 26-30, 2009 at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel and the Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina.

Objectives of the XIII MSBC Congress

The objectives of the XIII MSBC Congress are to:

* Successfully host the first ever MSBC Congress in Belize for the exchange of research and conservation project findings from the Mesoamerican region amongst institutions, professionals and students involved in conservation.
* Promote regional integration and unified efforts in conservation through the sharing and exchange of information and establishment of regional collaborations and partnerships.
* Allow the conservation and natural resources management community of Mesoamerica an opportunity to learn from successful conservation efforts in neighboring countries in order to better manage the natural resources of their countries.
* Continue to promote awareness of and stimulate research in climate change as in the past two MSBC congresses.
* Highlight findings in the area of coastal and marine conservation, a thematic area that has traditionally been under-represented at past congresses but which is well represented in conservation efforts in Belize.
* Allow promising Mesoamerican students including Belizeans, the opportunity to present the results of their research and conservation projects and participate in a large international congress.
* Promote Belize as a leader in the region in conservation and protected areas management through the sharing of research and conservation work findings in Belize with others in the region.

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