South American Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB)

2-3 October 2007 | Bariloche, Argentina

Summary Report

Daily highlights:
Tuesday, 2 October -Wednesday, 3 October

Highlights for Tuesday, 2 October 2007
On Tuesday, 2 October 2007, the Latin American Regional Consultation towards an IMoSEB opened in Bariloche, Argentina. Participants heard opening presentations, and then divided into two working groups to discuss options for a possible IMoSEB, including the particular needs of Latin America, and how to apply an IMoSEB at the local scale. The Latin American consultation is the fifth in a series of regional consultations, and is scheduled to conclude on 3 October 2007.

Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of IMoSEB, visualized that an IMoSEB would make biodiversity-related information available for assisting decision-making from the local to the global level.
Didier Babin, Executive Secretary of the Consultative Process towards an IMoSEB, highlighted the open and inclusive nature of the meeting, and noted that Latin American scientists and governments are involved in the International Steering Committee of the Consultative Process.
María Elena Zaccagnini, National Institute of Farming Technology (INTA), Argentina

Bruno Monteferri, Peruvian Society of Environmental Law   Luis German Naranjo, WWF Colombia     Lily O. Rodriguez, GTZ, Rural Sustainable Development Programme (PDRS), Peru

Group photograph.
  Participants noted that public understanding of climate change is growing rapidly despite the scientific complexity of the issue.

Media consultant Tim Hirsch suggested improving public understanding of the links between biodiversity and “mainstream” news issues such as industrial development or natural disasters.   Stéphanie Guinard and Alfred Oteng-Yeboah

Fernando Ghersi, Partnerships and Technology for Sustainability (PATS), Peru  

Teresita Borges Hernández, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Cuba.


Natalia Pérez Harguindeguy, Multidisciplinary Institute of Plant Biology (IMBIV), Cordoba University, Argentina

  Maxime Thibon, IMoSEB Secretariat  

Francia Motta Salinas, Institute of Geography and Regional Development, Venezuela Central University

Working Groups

Working groups considered possible options for an IMoSEB, such as an intergovernmental panel mechanism or a “meta-network” of biodiversity-related conventions and stakeholders.

Working Group 2: Mónica Moraes, National Herbarium, Bolivia; Garcia Randall INBio, Costa Rica, Bruno Monteferri Peruvian Society of Environmental Law; and Natalia Pérez Harguindeguy, IMBIV, Cordoba University, Argentina.    

Working Group 1: Maxime Thibon, IMoSEB Secretariat; Francia Motta Salinas,Venezuela Central University; María Elena Zaccagnini, INTA, Argentina; Silvana Merello, Argentina; and Hugo Luis López, La Plata Museum, Argentina.
Working Group 1: Carlos Guerra, University of Panama

In Working Group 1, participants considered methods of strengthening existing national and regional biodiversity networks. Noting that biodiversity-related conventions already have scientific expert bodies, the group preferred that IMoSEB resemble a “network of networks” rather than a new panel.

Working Group 2 observed that biodiversity information in Latin America is not always well coordinated or accessible due to language and institutional barriers. The group discussed methods of improving information sharing in the region, including between scientists and experts from the private and community sectors.

Related Links

IMoSEB Resources
IMoSEB South American Regional Consultation
IMoSEB Asia Regional Consultation
IMoSEB Information Center and Documents
IMoSEB Background Information

IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) Resources
IISD RS summary report of the Asian Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an IMoSEB, 24-25 September 2007, Beijing, China. (English: HTML- PDF) (Français: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary report of the European Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an IMoSEB, 26-28 April 2007, Geneva, Switzerland. (English: HTML - PDF) (Français: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary report of the African Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an IMoSEB, 1-3 March 2007, Yaoundé, Cameroon (English: HTML - PDF) (Français: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary report of the North American Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an IMoSEB, 30-31 January 2007, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (English: HTML - PDF) (Français: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of the conference “Biodiversity in European Development Cooperation - supporting the sustainable development of partner countries” (the BEDC Conference), 19-21 September 2006, Paris, France
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