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The Atlas of the Patagonian Sea. Species and Spaces [#424]
I would like to introduce you, a new relevant publication from Wildlife Conservation Society and BirdLife International: the Atlas of the Patagonian Sea. Species and Spaces.  We consider this initiative as relevant information in the context of the CBD and the biogeographic classification system effort.

The Atlas is a document that identifies important marine environments for certain species of seabirds and marine mammals which forage in the Patagonian Sea. The main objective of the Atlas is to act as a tool in identifying those marine areas that must be the focus for immediate and very specific efforts in oceanic conservation.

It is a summary of information on how certain species, which form the top link in the food chain, use the habitats of this ecosystem. Following a systematic procedure, the Atlas combines and integrates more than 283,000 remotes recordings of the migratory movements, across different groups (albatrosses, petrels, penguins and pinnipeds) and presents maps for general and seasonal distribution of those 16 species of marine high predators in the Patagonian Sea.

The target area, the Patagonian Sea, constitutes a transnational oceanic area, that incorporates Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ from Argentina, Uruguay, south of Chile and south of Brazil), and the High Seas.

The Atlas concentrates information that in the past was only available to specialists that read scientific literature. The Atlas integrates and synthesizes decades of scientific research and was design as a product for technicians and governmental representatives with responsibilities in the management and conservation of marine resources.

The Atlas is the result a highly participatory procedure between non-governmental organisations and the academic world. For two years, the editorial team (Valeria Falabella (WCS-S&S), Claudio Campagna (WCS-S&S) and John Croxall (BirdLife International) coordinated a participative process that engaged 25 scientists from five countries and more than a dozen institutions. This cooperative effort for the conservation of the region is unprecedented.

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Valeria Falabella
posted on 2009-08-20 13:54 UTC by Lic Valeria Falabella, Wildlife Conservation Society