Cousteau observatory will study public policy on oceans

A central hub geared toward the observation of changes in the Caribbean Sea and along the coasts is opening today in Costa Rica.

The Observatorio Jacques Yves Cousteau is meant to serve as a useful tool for the design and evaluation of public policies that will address the impact on salinity, biodiversity, habitat, endangered and invasive species, development and exploitation of fisheries resources, climate risk assessment and protection and ecosystem restoration, according to the University of Costa Rica.

The observatory plans to contribute to solving current problems affecting the marine and coastal ecosystems through collecting and systematizing scientific, social and economic information, and creating a network of scholars and institutions in the region, the university said.

The studies will be implemented with the support of the Instituto Francés de América Central and the Observatorio Cousteau de México. The entities are promoting the lab in Central America.
Specialists in the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología could not be contacted, but the objectives for the Observatorio Jacques-Yves Cousteau de los mares y las costas de México have been published by the Instítut de Recher pour le Développement México.

¨The objectives of the observatory are to provide valid scientific information about the organization and evolution of marine and coastal systems by way of allowing scientists to make reasoned decisions and assessing the effectiveness of the actions in the field of public policy, environmental management and sustainable development.¨

The Observatory identifies eight priority areas including public policies for sustainable development and economic activity in coastal areas and states that the observatory can ¨intervene in the territorial waters and coastal areas of Mexico (Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Baja California).¨

The ceremony of the creation of the Observatory will take place at 6 p.m. at the residence of the French ambassador in Guayabos de Curridabat, and the Observatory will be located in the university’s Ciudad de la Investigación in San Pedro de Montes de Oca.

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