Frank Oliver Glöckner, Coordinator of Micro B3*, strongly encourages the OSD scientists from different regions – Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Oceans – participating in the OSD event to respect these core values, following the example of the Mediterranean. On behalf of the consortium and on behalf of the OSD participants, he will sign the CIESM Charter on Access and Benefits Sharing, on the 21st of June in Monaco.
You can read the content of the Charter at http://www.ciesm.org/marine/charter/index.php
The signature of the CIESM Charter in the context of the Ocean Sampling Day is a unique opportunity for scientists to add their voices on this key issue, and demonstrate that they support the exploration of marine ecosystems by promoting the sustainable use of MGRs without penalizing potential biotechnological (economical) development.
Micro B3 (Biodiversity, Bioinformatics and Biotechnology) is a project funded by the EU to facilitate the whole process from sampling and marine data acquisition to analysis and interpretation. It leads to better understanding of marine ecosystems and paves the way for novel biotechnological applications.
Michèle Barbier, Scientific Officer, CIESM
CIESM (www.ciesm.org), the Mediterranean Science Commission, is supported by 23 Member Governments to promote international research in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The Commission covers a broad spectrum of marine disciplines, relying on a pool of vast human resources: over 4,000 marine scientists from some 550 research institutes in more than 30 countries. On this basis, CIESM produces authoritative, impartial reports on the status and trends of Mediterranean marine systems, together with sharp recommendations on priorities for action, research and development on a large range of sensitive issues concerning the whole Mediterranean Basin.