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Veg Classfication Workshop

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Proposal for collaboration between Mexico NVC and International Vegetation Classification (IVC)

Workshop Meeting held in conjunction with the ESA Meeting
Mérida , Mexico , January 9, 2006

Alejandro Velazquez, D. Faber-Langendoen

Principal Organizer

Name

Alejandro Velazquez

Address

Unidad Académica de Geografía

IGg-UNAM

Aquiles Serdán 382

City

Morelia

State

Michoacán

Zip

58000

Fax

52 443 3179425

Phone

52 443 3179424

Email

avmontes@igg.unam.mx


Co-Organizer

Name

Don Faber-Langendoen

Address

NatureServe

3467 Amber Road

City

Syracuse

State

NY

Zip

13215

Fax

315-673-0921

Phone

315-673-0921

Email

don_faber-langendoen@natureserve.org


Alternate Contact

Name

Francisco Bautista Zúñiga  

Address

Departamento de Ecología, Campus de Ciencias Biológicas y Agropecuarias,

Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán

km 15.5 Carretera Mérida-Xmatkuil

City

Mérida

State

Yucatán

Zip

Fax

52 999 9423205

Phone

52 999 9423206

Email

Background:

  1. The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is convening a conference in Mérida , Mexico , January 10-12, 2006 . One of the standing committees of the ESA is the Vegetation Classification Panel, which in partnership with federal agencies and NatureServe, has authored the guidelines document for describing associations and alliances of the US National Vegetation Classification (USNVC).
  2. In the U.S. , the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), which sets agency standards for the USNVC, is promoting an integrated physiognomic-floristic vegetation classification that is international in scope. Revisions to the overall hierarchy are being completed by a Hierarchy Revisions Working Group that includes representatives from international partners, including Mexicans, in support of an overall International Vegetation Classification (IVC). Members of the Working Group would like to hold a scoping meeting with representatives from Mexico to be updated on Mexican vegetation classification developments, the possibility of a Mexican NVC partnership, and to discuss matters of international cooperation and standardization with the USNVC and IVC.
  3. In the last six months, a revision to the USNVC and IVC has been made available, and a proposed structure for the Mexican NVC has been drafted. There is much that is compatible between the two systems.  Attachments are available.

The Opportunity: The members of the Hierarchy Revisions Working Group, with partners, would like to use the ESA meeting in Mérida as a basis for assessing the possibility of collaborating on national and international vegetation classification standards.

Proposal: To hold a workshop that will encourage contacts between Mexican NVC partners and members of the IVC Hierarchy Revisions Working Group, especially with respect to discussions of internationally standardized protocols. A workshop is proposed that is designed to emphasize interactive discussion between members of the Mexican vegetation community and members of the IVC / USNVC vegetation working group.

The workshop would have 2 components; first, a presentation / discussion session on current activities in Mexico for vegetation classification and on activities internationally, both from a USNVC and an IVC perspective. Second, we would have discussion topics that could include international standards (e.g., classification methods, data management, etc.) and prospects for collaborating on development of national and international vegetation types.

The maximum threshold should be kept low (perhaps a maximum of 20-25).  Contact the principal organizer (listed above) for further information.

Workshop Advertisement

A Mexican National Vegetation Classification (Mexican NVC) is desirable, in that it would help standardize classification of plant communities occurring in Mexico . It seeks to integrate knowledge of vegetation in relation to multiple environmental gradients and various scales, and to assist in standardized vegetation maps. The Mexican NVC is separate from, but could be linked to, existing state, regional, and international classifications. Currently, work is underway to define and describe the overall structure of a Mexican NVC hierarchy, from formation to associations, subassociations, and facies. This workshop is intended to offer the opportunity for participants in Mexican vegetation classification to engage with other vegetation classification practitioners in Mexico, the United States and elsewhere, in order to promote a Mexican NVC and collaboration with an International Vegetation Classification. The workshop will include an all-day session for presentations and discussion of Mexican, U.S. , and international vegetation classifications, followed by a discussion of internationally standardized protocols for vegetation classification and data management, as part of an International Vegetation Classification. Prospects for a follow-up workshop will be discussed, including discussion of classification and mapping applications.

Logistics:

Breaks : Lunch on your own
Date and time : January 9, 2006 in Mérida. Contact Alejandro Velazquez for details on location.

Mexican National Vegetation Classification: Mérida Workshop
Monday, January 9, 2006
Workshop Agenda

  1. Introductions and Workshop Objectives 9:00 – 9:30
    Alejandro Velazquez / Don Faber-Langendoen
    ( IVC Hierarchy Revisions Working Group members )
  2. Introduction to Mexican Vegetation and its Classification 9:30 – 10:00
    To be determined
  3. Overview of Current Mexican Classification Projects: 10:00 – 10:30
    Alejandro Velazquez and others?   
    critical classification concepts
  4. Break : 10:30 – 10:50
  5. Introduction to International Vegetation Classification 10:50 – 11:30
    Don Faber-Langendoen ( NatureServe )
  6. Introduction to proposed Mexican NVC hierarchy 11:30 – 12:00
    Alejandro Velazquez, others?  
  7. LUNCH : 12:00 – 1:15
  8. Introduction to collaborations on Mexican NVC and coordination with IVC 1:15 – 2:00
    Alejandro Velazquez, Don Faber-Langendoen, and others.
    discussion of classification approach proposed in morning session
  9. General Discussion 2:00 – 4 :00
    current activities
    partners
    projects
    funds
    classification
  10. Conclusions and Next Steps 4 :00 – 4 :30

 
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