North America-Caribbean CEM members lead Thematic Groups
Members from CEM-North America & Caribbean lead four of the Commission's twenty global thematic groups. One of these is the Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems Thematic Group (MTEG) led by Peggy Fiedler, PhD, and co-led by Chen Yin Noah from the University of California Natural Reserve System. MTEG is a partner in The International Cooperative for the Management of Mediterranean-Climate Ecosystems (INCOMME), a consortium of organizations dedicated to preserving the biological diversity of the world’s five Mediterranean-climate regions: Southwest and South Australia; central Chile; California and northern Baja California; Mediterranean Basin; and South Africa’s Western Cape. Funded by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation, INCOMME promotes the exchange of knowledge and practices to improve methods to combat invasive weeds, restore native plants, and retain native species in Mediterranean-climate regions . As its logo, MTEG has adopted the sun which dominates the skies of all Mediterranean-climate regions during the warm, dry summer months.
For more information about regional leadership of thematic groups, please visit the May 2013 regional newsletter.