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[Annelida] One Planet One Ocean conference

Geoff Read via annelida%40net.bio.net (by Geoffrey.Read from niwa.co.nz)
Wed Jun 11 23:05:02 EST 2014

Hi people,

If you like giant conferences, and visiting lovely Spain is a bonus then this is for you.

2nd International Ocean Research Conference
Barcelona, 17-21 November 2014

Abstracts due end of month.

There seems to be a governance theme, but basic biology also catered for.



From: Appeltans, Ward [mailto:w.appeltans from unesco.org]
Sent: Thursday, 5 June 2014 9:55 p.m.
To: Appeltans, Ward
Subject: One Planet One Ocean

Dear colleagues

Usually I avoid spamming people with conference announcements, but this upcoming conference co-organized by IOC-UNESCO promises to be extremely interesting with a huge variety of topics, interesting workshops, panel discussions and sessions including a session of mine on " How many species in the ocean? Trends in biodiversity" for which I invite you to submit abstracts.

See programme: http://www.iocunesco-oneplanetoneocean.fnob.org/programme

One Planet One Ocean
2nd International Ocean Research Conference, Barcelona, 17-21 November 2014

The 2nd International Ocean Research Conference (IORC) is an opportunity for the scientific community to come together to plan the coming decade of international collaboration in marine science and technology, with a view to improving ocean governance. The inaugural IORC was held in June 2005, when the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) with The Oceanography Society (TOS), brought attendees together to discuss expected developments in marine sciences in the decade that followed.

Now, almost ten years later, the same institutions are convening the 2nd IORC to review progress made in ocean science in the last twenty years, and plan ahead in light of important policy developments such as The Future We Want (UNCSD Rio+20) and Future Earth.

Hope to seeing you again in Barcelona,


Session: How many species in the ocean? Trends in biodiversity
Co-chairs: Marta Estrada (Spain) and Ward Appeltans (Belgium)

Knowledge about marine species and ecosystems lags far behind that of terrestrial systems. The current number of known marine species is estimated at 230,000, but we cannot even characterize the health of many common marine species and ecosystems. What relatively little is known about the state and trends of living marine resources is based on species exploited commercially for fisheries; protected marine mammals, turtles, and fishes; and certain commercially significant and accessible coastal ecosystems such as wetlands and coral reefs. A synergy of human threats, including overfishing, global warming, invasive species, and pollution, has caused a rapid decline in global marine biodiversity. This session will focus on trends in biodiversity loss in the ocean and the potential impacts on ecosystem function and the reduction in ecosystem services.

Ward Appeltans
Project Manager, Ocean Biogeographic Information System - OBIS Project Office
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
IOC Project Office for IODE - Wandelaarkaai 7/61 - 8400 Oostende - Belgium | +32 59 340176 | w.appeltans from unesco.org<mailto:w.appeltans from unesco.org>

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