CIMAS, Rosenstiel School, to Host UNESCO IOC Subcommission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions


MIAMI — April 27, 2011 — The Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) announced today that it will host the 11th Intergovernmental Session of the UNESCO IOC Subcommission’s meeting for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (IOCARIBE), May 17-20. Forty delegates from 30 countries are expected to attend working sessions at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, located at 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami.

Delegates will discuss regional ocean issues such as, coastal zone management, climate change, harmful algal blooms, ocean observing systems and coastal warning systems, among others.

Journalists and members of the University community are invited to attend a panel discussion on Thursday, May 19 from 2–4 p.m. in the Rosenstiel School Auditorium. Panelists will discuss two closely related issues: the need for regional capacity building in the marine and environmental sciences, and the challenge of sustainable development within the context of predicted climate change. The moderator will be Dr. Cesar Toro, Head of UNESCO IOC Regional Office for IOCARIBE. Invited panelists include:

  • Mitrasen Bhikajee IOC Deputy Executive Secretary
  • Carlos Fuller, Deputy Director, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
  • Ben Kirtman, Professor, University of Miami/Rosenstiel School
  • Frank Mueller-Karger, Professor, USF, College of Marine Sciences
  • Jamie Sweeting, VP of Environmental Stewardship & Global Chief Environmental Officer, RCCL
  • Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm, Associate Professor, FIU, Department of Earth and Environment

IOCARIBE is a regional subsidiary body of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. It is the IOC Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions and is responsible for the promotion, development and co-ordination of IOC marine scientific research programs, the ocean services, and related activities, including training, education and mutual assistance in the region. Its major objectives are to: foster the generation of knowledge, sharing of information, expertise and experience on the wider Caribbean and its coastlines; assist members in developing their capacity to formulate national policies and plans to meet their needs in marine science and technology; reinforce and broaden scientific cooperation, regionally and internationally through networking and institutional arrangements; provide regional input to global ocean sciences and observation programs; and to promote and facilitate implementation of UNESCO IOC global science programs and ocean services at the regional level. For more information please visit,

The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) based at the University of Miami, within the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, brings together the research and educational resources of nine major public and private research universities in Florida and the U.S. Caribbean to further NOAA’s mssion by providing a Center of Excellence relevant to understanding the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. For more information, please visit

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