The World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB) has become the major focal assembly to share research outcomes, management and policy issues, and discussions on the role of biodiversity in sustaining ocean ecosystems. Arranged on a 3 – 4 year cycle, prior WCMB meetings (Valencia, Spain; Aberdeen, Scotland; Qingdao, China) have each attracted leading specialists from around the world, and catalyzed numerous sidebar sessions on marine biodiversity issues.
The 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity will be held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada, from May 13-16, 2018. This meeting will bring together scientists, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss and advance our understanding of the importance and current state of biodiversity in the marine environment. Through a mix of keynote sessions, contributed talks and posters, and bookable venues for focused meetings, the conference program will address marine biodiversity across a deliberately wide range of relevant sectors. Participation will be encouraged from the broadest possible range of stakeholder groups from academics to industry.
The 4th WCMB will ‘connect’ scientists with decision and policy makers, NGOs and industry in order to:
- Review current knowledge of marine biodiversity and its role in marine ecosystem function and services;
- Assess past, present, and future critical threats to marine systems and consider management strategies;
- Encourage inter-disciplinary discussions among researchers, policy makers, NGOs and industry;
- Discuss sustainable development in the context of biodiversity;
- Identify future research and policy priorities
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