Colombia is one of what have been called the five “megadiverse countries” in the world. Despite this country located between the Pacific and Caribbean oceans covering less than one percent of the Earth’s surface, it is one of the countries with the highest number of endemic species. The reason: In addition to well-documented biodiversity in the country’s tropical rainforests, it has a vast marine territory in two oceans.
Promotion of marine sciences and the protection and sustainable use of marine resources are a priority in Colombia. For a long time, the loss of marine biodiversity, growing destruction of coastal habitats, industry and tourism, as well as the adverse effects of global warming, have been a cause for concern for politicians and scientists.
CEMarin is an international non-profit organization that aims to answer fundamental environmental and socioeconomic questions on marine ecosystems in Latin America. It integrates interdisciplinary marine research with innovative postgraduate support, and international networking across natural and social disciplines.
In 2027, we envision CEMarin as an international leader in integrative marine research,postgraduate support, and academic networking in Latin America. Drawing from our access to two oceans and the combined expertise of our member institutions, we will facilitate scientific discovery in emerging fields of marine science related to environmental change and its impact on ecosystems and society, the sustainable use of marine and coastal ecosystems, as well as technological advances. Postgraduate researchers trained by CEMarin will have the capacity to become renowned members of the international scientific community and active ambassadors of marine ecosystems. CEMarin will become a central platform for the networking of Colombian and international marine scientists in order to promote and coordinate highly visible, externally funded, collaborative research projects. Through strategic investments in marine infrastructure as well as research and training programs over the upcoming years, CEMarin will increase its impact on the researchers, postgraduate students, and communities it serves.