Roundtable Discussion Groups Summary Papers
At the 14th International Conference on Environmental Bioindicators (14th ICEBI) held in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, USA on 24–26 April 2006, the Conference Chairs and Program Committee initiated the Roundtable Discussion Groups as a prominent and regular feature of this and future conferences. The Discussions are designed to generate focused debate around key topic areas, led by academic, government and industry experts, and are structured to produce definitive papers for peer review and publication in EBI’s first-quarter issues of each publication year, albeit this year the papers will be published over several issues of 2007. The three Roundtables of the 14th ICEBI posed questions revolving around the chosen topic areas of Mercury Bioindicators, Marine Ecosystem-level Indicators, and Regulatory and Policy Uses of Bioindicators, and moved from “what we know” to “where we need to go” and “what are the policy implications from our discussions and conclusions.” The paper on coral reef indicators was published in EBI 2(1) and was the first product of this undertaking. The second Roundtable paper which follows is a summary on Regulatory and Policy Uses of Bioindicators. The final Roundtable from the 14th ICEBI on Mercury Bioindicators will appear in our next issue.
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