Date: Feb. 20, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
The 2nd Session of the IODE Steering Group for the Caribbean Marine Atlas, 2nd phase was held in Cartagena (Feb 15 to 17), Colombia, organized by INVEMAR, the IOCARIBE and IODE Secretariats.
The 2nd Session of the IODE Steering Group for the Caribbean Marine Atlas, 2nd phase was held in Cartagena, Colombia, organized by INVEMAR, the IOCARIBE and IODE Secretariats. The purpose of CMA-2 Project is sustainable operationalization of an online digital Caribbean Marine Atlas technology platform (http://www.caribbeanmarineatlas.org) in support of Integrated Coastal Zone Management - ICZM (with special attention to: coastal hazards, climate change, biodiversity & habitats, fisheries, landbased sources of pollution) and Ecosystem-based Management for CLME.
The Caribbean Marine Atlas Platform allows you to browse through an extensive catalogue of data layers on a wide variety of topics and to create maps based on one or more of these layers.
The Session reviewed the current status of the online Atlas as well as of the submission of data (layers) by the participating countries (Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Dominica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic, Turks & Caicos Islands, and Venezuela).
The meeting decided to establish three working groups (technical, communications and products) that will work on specific tasks of the work plan.
At the end of the meeting a detailed work plan was agreed upon. The meeting also welcomed the increased collaboration between CMA2 and CLME+.
The meeting noted that CMA can be a useful tool and service for Caribbean countries within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 14, but not exclusively), taking into account the indicator based approach of CMA2.