Latin America, Caribbean and European Union workshop “Capacity building and networking towards better coordination of biodiversity and climate change"
26-28 November, 2014 – Marseille, France
This biregional workshop was organized with the support of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), la Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FRB) and the Portuguese Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO). It was attended by 40 participants from 15 EULAC countries, including researchers, representatives of national authorities, project managers, national contact points and stakeholders. After a previous meeting in March 2014 to identify a list of common priority topics, this workshop focused on the following objectives:
- Introduce significant international networks on biodiversity and climate change research; - Offer new opportunities for developing synergies and joint activities; - Share knowledge on biodiversity and climate change research challenges in order to facilitate biregional collaborative projects; - Explore good practices and possible approaches to foster public-private partnerships.
Day one was designed to introduce EU-LAC cooperation on biodiversity and climate change including presentations on the context, cooperation landscape and key initiatives. The program of this first day also included a round table on future opportunities for cooperation, followed by discussions in small groups to elaborate recommendations. Day two activities took place at the Center for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB). The program considered the question of the implementation of a biregional observatory platform, with a focus on data management. Furthermore, working groups offered the opportunity to discuss about a set of joint activities to be implemented in the near future. The last day focused on public-private partnerships with keynote presentations and the study of several cases in Portugal, which were presented by managers and stakeholders invited by CIBIO.
Some key themes and issues did emerge from the workshop sessions. For instance, a proposal on a biregional information platform on biodiversity and climate change will be developed. Priorities regarding capacity building activities have been considered, in particular on data management, bio-informatics, and intellectual property rights. Scientific breakthroughs were highlighted as promoting the scenario concept to foster trans-disciplinary and interface research. Moreover, participants pointed out the need to create a communication pathway from LAC country concerns to international cooperation in Horizon 2020. Common priority topics identified in a previous workshop in Santa Marta (March 2014) will be improved, in particular the topic on “Biodiversity assessment and monitoring – Improving baseline distribution data and compatibility with climate datasets”. Also, by inviting projects managers to participate in this workshop (ERA-NET LAC, BiodivERsA, ENSOCIO LA...), this allowed strengthening ALCUE NET network and preparing future collaborative activities. The outputs of the workshop should be used as a basis for further measures and recommendations to be submitted to the next Senior Official Meeting in October 2015. Also, the debate between participants will help to define the scope of future meetings: ALCUE NET/CORDEX workshop scheduled for spring 2015, and a specific workshop on public-private partnerships and intellectual property rights which will be held in 2016.