Collaboration between MUSELS and Red LAOCA
The Millennium Nucleus MUSELS mission is to develop adaptive capacity of socio-ecological system of shellfish aquaculture in Chile under multiple scenarios and interactive forcings, be they environmental or socio-economic. To fulfill this mission, it is of central importance creating capital integrating and leading the formation of collaborative networks. In this sense, MUSELS has concentrated its activities on the creation and strengthening of official Latin American Network of Ocean Acidification (Red LAOCA).
During the first meeting in December 2015, it LAOCA an Executive Committee, which is also composed of one representative from each member country, and has already had its first coordination meeting in May 2016 in Lima, Peru was nominated. The committee is co-directed by Leticia da Cunha (State University of Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, Brazil), Nelson A. Lagos (University of Santo Tomas, Chile) and Cristian A. Vargas (Director of the Millennium Nucleus and researcher MUSELS University of Concepcion, Chile).
Part of the objectives of this meeting was to discuss the scientific plan and actions of collaborative work for the first year of operation. This regional workshop was co-financed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) through the International Coordination Centre on Ocean Acidification (OA-ICC), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the Center for the Study of Multiple Forcing on Socio-Ecological Marine (MUSELS) and the Millennium Institute of Oceanography (IMO) in Chile Systems.
The group consisting of 24 scientists from seven Latin American countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and Chile, devoted himself for two days to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each country, compared to study the process of Acidification ocean, establishing the main lines of action and defining the mission of the network and its goals.
The network understands that there is a mutual interest to cooperate in the defined objectives and share information generated from studies (eg LAOCA established that information on system carbonates, will be freely accessible after a year of generated form ensure quality control by the same researchers that produced it). There is also the interest of further strengthening knowledge through scientific research on the impacts of Ocean Acidification in Latin America, given the relevance for countries and their coastal ecosystems, as well as a better understanding of ecosystem dynamics coastal and / or oceanic territorial waters of each country, to project the potential impacts that may occur in them.