The State of Knowlegde on Marine Biodiversity

Submitted by ward.appeltans on Mon, 2012-06-25 08:07

At the Oceans side event at Rio+20 (UN Conference on Sustainable Development), Patricia Miloslavich presented the status of our knowledge on ocean biodiversity, gaps, and potential for discovery. In the short time she had, we are glad she could make the case of the importance of OBIS, and the role of IOC. There were about 40-50 people in the event (almost full capacity), some which were government representatives (e.g. one minister from South Australia, prime minister of the Seychelles...).

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OBIS is a project of:
IOC-UNESCO
IODE Sponsored by:
Martin International and Les Grands Explorateurs
With in-kind support from:
Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University
Universidad Simón Bolívar Flanders Marine Institute

OBIS strives to document the ocean's diversity, distribution and abundance of life. Created by the Census of Marine Life, OBIS is now part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, under its International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme.