United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 27

The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 27 will be held in the coming days in Egypt and the Charles Darwin Foundation is organizing a very special side event on the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR). Our scientist, Dr. Inti Keith, CDF senior marine biologist and coordinator of the CMAR Science Working Group will be presenting on Ecological Connectivity in the Eastern Tropical Pacific: From Science to Policy.

Objective of the Side Event:

Ecological connectivity is the scientific justification which underpins the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR). It is also considered to be an essential element in the design of ‘climate smart’ MPA networks. The purpose of this event is to discuss the critical role of science when it comes to incorporating connectivity into the design of an MPA network. Panelists will discuss how science informs policy making and underpins decision making in CMAR. The need for broader scientific collaboration in the Eastern Tropical Pacific will also be discussed, as well as sustainable financing to support long term evidence-based decision making in the region.


11:00-11:05 Welcome  by moderator  Patricia Leon, Re:wild
11:05-11:10 Ecological Connectivity in the ETP: From Science to Policy Jose Julio Casas, CMAR Technical Secretariat, Director of Coasts and Seas, Panama.
11:10-11:15 The role of the CMAR Science Working Group Dr. Inti Keith, Coordinator of CMAR Science Working Group and Senior Marine Biologist, Charles Darwin Foundation
11:15-11:20 Regional Scientific Collaboration in the ETP Josh Tewksbury, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
11:20-11:25 Financial Sustainability for Conservation in the ETP Alicia Montalvo, Manager, Climate Action and Biodiversity, Development Bank of Latin America
11:30-12:00 Q&A followed by moderated Panel Discussion Led by Patricia Leon, Re:wild



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