WCMB2018: Montreal, Quebec, 13-16 May 2018

WCMB2018: Montreal, Quebec, 13-16 May 2018

4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity


Abstract submission deadline has been extended until 1st December 2017.
Early submissions are very welcome.
The website will be updated to reflect this soon.

May 13-16, 2018, Palais des Congrès, Montreal, Quebec

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. 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 and contributed talks 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.

1. Address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society;
2. Reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use;
3. To improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity;
4. Enhance the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services and;
5. Enhance implementation through participatory planning, knowledge management and capacity building.

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

Within specific conferences themes broad areas of current marine biodiversity research and policy challenges will be covered, as well as the five strategic ‘Aichi’ goals described above. The Scientific Committee will build a program over the next year that will incorporate emerging issues and identify invited keynote speakers to review the state-of-the-art of some of the specific themes.

Abstract submission for the 4th WCMB is now open!


MARINE-B, the MArine Research Information NEtwork on Biodiversity


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