Biodiversity Observation Network, a global research network and community dedicated to improve monitoring of Earth’s biodiversity, will relocate its headquarters from Germany to Montréal, Québec, Canada.
The Québec Centre for Biodiversity Science (QCBS) won the bid to host GEO BON, in partnership with the Fonds de recherche du Québec—Natures et Technologies, McGill University, Université de Montréal and Université de Sherbrooke.
Speaking about the move to Montréal, Andrew Gonzalez, Professor at McGill University, Director of the QCBS, and co-Chair elect of GEO BON said, “We are thrilled to support the next phase in the development of GEO BON and the essential research it conducts. We are grateful for the support of our partners that will allow us to build a world-class headquarters for GEO BON. The urgency of the biodiversity crisis requires that we intensify our efforts to understand its causes and act to reverse these trends using the knowledge provided by the GEO BON community.”
“We are happy to be welcoming GEO BON to Montréal. The city is a strategic pole in this area, as it is already home to many international sustainable development organizations such as the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Inter-national Secretariat for Water. The presence of this new organization in our region will help promote Montréal’s leadership in sustainable development,” said Stéphane Paquet, President and CEO of Montréal International.
“The addition of a new international organization to Montréal is excellent news. I am very pleased that GEO BON has chosen to locate its headquarters here. We are firmly committed, both locally and internationally, to protecting the environment, safeguarding our natural heritage and preserving biodiversity. The presence of GEO BON will not only strengthen our leadership, but also accelerate the international movement to-wards green and healthy cities,” said Montréal Mayor Valérie Plante.
“This selection confirms both Montréal as a world-leader in supporting organizations focused on sustainability, and McGill University as a major centre of research into this field of crucial importance to our plan-et,” declared Martha Crago, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, at McGill University.