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Marine biodiversity and biogeography - regional comparisons of global issues, an introduction
O'Dor, R.; Miloslavich, P.; Yarincik, K. (2010). Marine biodiversity and biogeography - regional comparisons of global issues, an introduction. PLoS One 5(8): e11871.
In: PLoS One. Public Library of Science: San Francisco. ISSN 1932-6203, more
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  • O'Dor, R.
  • Miloslavich, P.
  • Yarincik, K.

    The Census of Marine Life grew out of a series of global concept meetings, following a 1995 U. S. National Research Council report indicating that no nation in the world could list the species that live in its offshore exclusive economic zone, as required under the Convention on Biological Diversity. A series of "Known, Unknown, Unknowable'' meetings convened in every ocean region enabled the Census Scientific Steering Committee to compile information and enlist people from around the world to form a network of National and Regional Implementation Committees in support of a global effort to resolve this knowledge void. This collection represents the assembled results of their activities. As these data are incorporated into the Census' Ocean Biogeographic Information System and made available through its new home at the UN's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, they will be the best records of most countries' marine biodiversity. The people, technologies, and associations of the Census will play a key role the UN General Assembly's future Regular Marine Assessments. This collection is a major legacy of the Census' US$650 million "Decade of Discovery'' to be released in London in October 2010.

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