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Katoomba Group Meeting: Marine and Coastal Group Meeting – PRIVATE EVENT

La Paz, Mexico

This timely workshop follows the first-ever Marine Katoomba Meeting held at the Moore Foundation in Palo Alto, CA in February 2010. The aim of this meeting is to develop the “blueprint” for realizing markets and other innovative financing mechanisms in the marine and coastal realms, building on the significant momentum generated by the inaugural Marine and Coastal Katoomba Meeting. By invitation, key experts and practitioners will convene and focus on three specific objectives that will move marine and coastal PES and other market-based mechanisms from the conceptual to the practical space.


Development of “Marine Environmental Markets Matrix” to track and project market potential for marine and costal ecosystem services protection and conservation

  • The purpose of the “Marine Matrix” is to capture existing efforts on marine and coastal PES and other market-based instruments and project other future potential markets and their market potential to attract investors.
  • Focusing on the top marketable marine services, each breakout group will strategize around the best way to package and market the targeted ecosystem service to maximize success for capturing private sector investment and make the potential transparent via the Marine Matrix.

Establish process and platform for identifying and tracking marine PES and PES-like pilot development globally that can feed into the Marine Matrix and a “live” tracking tool on Ecosystem Marketplace and Forest Trends websites

  • Using the Ecosystem Marketplace and Katoomba Network as frameworks for structuring this platform, attendees will discuss the specific needs of the marine and coastal conservation community in such an online virtual community and the process that will ensure long-term active participation and usefulness.

Develop the tools and strategies needed to capture the value of mangroves and their important ecosystem services, in particular carbon sequestration, fish nursery functions, and biodiversity.

Each breakout group will focus on one of three targeted functions:

  • furthering the progress of mangrove carbon methodology development begun at the Southeast Asia Katoomba Meeting Mangrove Workshop and brainstorm piloting potentials.
  • extending existing market-based tools for fisheries from fishery catches to fish nurseries.
  • utilizing biodiversity offsets to protect mangroves.

In addition, this meeting will develop a consensus statement on the importance of mangroves and associated coastal ecosystems for climate change mitigation and adaptation to present at COP16 promoting accelerated policy action for this important forest ecosystem.


The most recent draft agenda is posted below. Updates will be made as they become available

Final Agenda (05/01/2011)

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Meeting Venue:

Hotel Perla
Address: Álvaro Obregón 1570, La Paz, 23000 México


We have reserved two blocks of hotel rooms for the meeting:

Hotel Perla –
The meeting will convene at Hotel Perla.
Rates: Single or Double US $85 (tax and breakfast included)
To make a reservation at the Hotel Perla, please use the reservation tool on the hotel website.

Hotel Seven Crown
The Hotel Seven Crown, a couple of blocks from Hotel Perla, is where the organizers are staying.
: Single or Double US $95 (tax and breakfast included)

To make a reservation at the Hotel Seven Crown, please call +52 612 1287788 or send an e-mail to Karla Almeida at You must mention you are attending the Katoomba meeting to receive the discounted rate. The deadline to make a reservation at the Hotel Seven Crown is October 28th, 2010.

Taxi Information:

Taxis can be hired from the La Paz airport to the hotels for a fare of approximately 300 pesos (about US $25). Please note that you are responsible for finding your own transportation to and from the airport.

If you are flying into or from Los Cabos Airport, you are also responsible for arraigning transportation to La Paz. Shuttles run frequently between Los Cabos and La Paz and range between US$26 – $100. Please note that some require reservations be made in advance. A few such services include and


“You need to go to a Mexican consulate abroad to ask about the requirements and to take the necessary steps to get your visa. The requirements differ from country to country.

If you are a citizen of Andorra, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, The United States of America, Uruguay or Venezuela, you do not need a visa to enter Mexico, although you must present a valid passport and fill out an immigration form for tourists, businessmen or women, stopovers or “visiting advisors”, which can be obtained in travel agencies, airlines or at the point of entry to Mexico.”

The immigration officer at your point of entry into Mexico can also request that you demonstrate that you have sufficient economic solvency and a round trip ticket.”


Partners and Sponsors

Forest Trends

Katoomba Group

Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza





Global Environment Facility

Helmsley Foundation

MacArthur Foundation

Packard Foundation

USAID Translinks

Walton Family Foundation


Please fill out the fields below to register.

Note: This is a private event. If you were not invited by the Forest Trends / Katoomba Team but would like to attend, please contact Winnie Lau at

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Below are some basic resources for Marine Ecosystem Services: