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Communication from the Information Sharing Working Group: Agreement for Data Sharing Among Caribbean Foresters

Tamara Heartsill Scalley1,*, Saara DeWalt2, François Korysko3,4, Guy Van Laerel5, Kasey R. Jacobs6, Seth Panka7, and Joseph Torres8

1USDA-Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Río Piedras, PR, USA. 2Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA. 3Office National des Forêts, Basse-Terre, France. 4Current address - Bureau de la chasse et de la pêche en eau douce, Paris, France.5Parc National de Guadeloupe, Saint-Claude, France. 6Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Jardín Botánico Sur, San Juan, PR, USA. 7Foundation for Forest Management and Production Control, SBB, Paramaribo, Suriname. 8USAID/USDA Forest Service PASA, San Salvador, El Salvador. *Corresponding author.

Caribbean Naturalist, Special Issue No. 1 (2016)

Abstract
We presented a new information-sharing platform at the 16th Caribbean Foresters Meeting in August 2013 to facilitate and promote collaboration among Caribbean foresters. The platform can be accessed through the Caribbean Foresters website where information and data on forest research sites can be shared. There is a special focus on identifying potential collaborations and sharing data from permanent forest-sample plots in the Caribbean region. This short communication from the Information-Sharing Working Group that convened at the August 2013 meeting presents the first agreement for information and data sharing among Caribbean Foresters based on the draft that was circulated among all meeting participants and presented at the meeting.

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