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21st Congress of the Mesoamerican Society of Biology and Conservation (SMBC) and 6th International Meeting of Partners in Flight (PIF)

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Meeting Description:

21st Congress of the Mesoamerican Society of Biology and Conservation (SMBC) and
6th International Meeting of Partners in Flight (PIF)
30 October – 03 November 2017
"Conservation of biodiversity in the hands of Mesoamerican women"


Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobicí, San José, Costa Rica http://www.ichotelsg...hotelCode=SJOCP


The Organizing Committee of SMBC encourages participants in this Congress to present summaries of our knowledge on the conservation of biodiversity and to highlight how these advances have improved its management or can improve future management. Given the theme of the Congress, it is important that presentations focus on the work of women in research and as change agents.


Partners in Flight is meeting in Costa Rica to promote our interest in understanding and conserving birds throughout their full annual cycle. PIF looks forward to meeting in Mesoamerica to increase partnerships with students and professionals throughout the region. In addition, PIF is interested in examining the relevance of bird and biodiversity science and conservation to the wider fields of sustainable development and human wellbeing.


SMBC Themes:
1) Adapting to climate change
2) Mitigation of climate change
3) Loss of habitat and impact on biodiversity
4) Invasive species
5) Marine-coastal and oceanic ecosystems
6) Freshwater ecosystems and inland aquatic resources
7) Terrestrial and epi-continental ecosystems
8) Public and private protected areas
9) Innovative financial mechanisms
10) Adaptive management
11) Biodiversity and Technology
12) Fragmented landscapes
13) Application of high technology
14) Social participation, poverty reduction and governance schemes
15) Infrastructure development and biodiversity
16) Management, provision and socio-economic benefits of biodiversity and ecosystem services


PIF Themes:
1) Economics and Ecosystem Services
a) Ecotourism benefits
b) Ecosystem services provided by birds and bird habitat
c) Birds as umbrella or iconic species for biodiversity and ecosystem conservation
2) Protection and Conservation
a) Enhancing protected area management for multiple benefits
b) Integrating bird and biodiversity conservation into commodity production
c) Markets and certification for eco-friendly products
3) Outreach and Communication
a) Encouraging citizen science and stewardship
b) Building a birdwatching/ecotourism constituency
c) Using social science to promote conservation
4) Conservation Planning and Implementation
5) Networking and Development
a) Working with sustainable development agencies
b) Fundraising
6) Monitoring for baseline and project effectiveness
7) Generating and interpreting indices of bird, biodiversity, and habitat conditions
8) Measuring and estimating abundance and survival
9) Skills for obtaining and using sight and sound records: eBird, iNaturalist
10) Ecology/Population Dynamics
a) Habitat requirements and habitat management
b) Factors affecting survival and reproduction throughout the annual cycle
c) Patterns of connectivity and their significance
d) Population limitation
11) Anthropogenic impacts
a) Climate change
b) Pollution
c) Urbanization
d) Habitat conversion


Instructions for the submission of bird-related symposia, workshops, courses, forums, and special lectures:
Proposals should be sent to Greg Butcher gsbutcher@fs.fed.us until May 19, 2017 according to the instructions. Space is limited and proposals will be accepted taking into consideration suitability and available space. Please consult with Greg on proposals during development if any questions arise. There is a fee for these events (usually $500). It is great if the organizer can find the funds, but PIF will work to raise the money if the organizer cannot.


Preference will be given to proposals that have an affinity with one or more of the thematic areas of the Congress. The Organizing Committee of the XXI Congress will provide support with the logistics of the events located at the Congress venue. Support available for pre- or post-Congress events can be negotiated with PIF and the Organizing Committee.


Contact Zaida Piedra, Logistics Manager for the XXI Congress logisticacr2017@gmail.com., for questions on logistical support for these events and for non-bird-related proposals.


Proposals should include the following:
• Event Title (maximum 10 words)
• Type of event (indicate if it is a symposium, forum, course, workshop or lecture).
• Thematic Area of the Congress
• Name of the organizer (or speaker for Master Lectures)
• Include in an attachment a short bio or CV (3 pages maximum) of the organizer (or speaker for Master Lectures)
• Summary of the event or lecture (up to 300 words)
• Objectives (does not apply for lectures)
• Duration (number of sessions and hours required)
• Financing source (s) (indicate if they already have or have plans to obtain financing, the name of the donor (s) and how much funding is expected to be obtained).
• Registration fees (applies only for pre- or post-congress events)
• Program of the event (not applicable for lectures)
For each presentation at the event include (can be tentative until July 31):
• Title and / or subject
• Presenter and his/her institution


May 19 - Proposals for symposiums, forums, master lectures, courses and workshops pre or post congress
May 31 - Confirmation of acceptance of previous proposals
May 31 – Proposals for oral presentations or posters
July 31 - Confirmation of acceptance of abstracts
July 31 - Early registration payment
July 31 - Registration deadline for publication of abstracts in the "Mesoamerican" Magazine
October 1 - Submit photos for contest


We will send out a complete circular in English soon. In the meantime, for more information, visit the SMBC web site: www.congresosmbc.org


We are waiting for you in San Jose, Costa Rica, to share another international scientific event of high level in a fraternal atmosphere.


Greg Butcher
Migratory Species Coordinator

Forest Service
International Programs
p: 202-644-4551
c: 202-617-8259
f: 202-644-4603

1 Thomas Circle NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005


Caring for the land and serving people

Meeting Website: http://www.congresosmbc.org

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