Posted on 12 June 2009
In recognition of the potential threat posed by climate change to the ecology of the Eastern Pacific and in support of the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) initiatives regarding the impact of climate change on cetaceans, the government of Costa Rica hosted a workshop on Climate Change and Adaptation Options for Cetaceans and Other Marine Biodiversity of the Eastern Pacific, in Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica, 9-11 February 2009.
This three-day meeting brought together 72 international experts in cetacean biology, oceanography, biodiversity, conservation and climate to discuss the current status of cetacean and other marine populations in the eastern tropical Pacific and to assess their vulnerability and adaptation options to climate change in the region.
This is the first effort in the region to collate oceanographic and climate knowledge in the context of vulnerabilities and adaptation options for marine organisms. Although it did not aspire to be comprehensive, it will serve as a platform to stimulate further regional work towards adaptation of marine habitats to climate change.
Hoffman, JR, Fonseca, A, and C Drews (eds). 2009. Cetaceans and Other Marine Biodiversity of the Eastern Tropical Pacific: Options for Adapting to Climate Change. Report from a workshop held February 9-11, 2009. MINAET/WWF/EcoAdapt/CI/IFAW/TNC/WDCS/IAI/PROMAR, San Jose, Costa Rica. ISBN: 978-9968-825-37-5