An international workshop took place in Bonn
(23-26 June 1999), together with several other activities
celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bonn Convention.
The workshop opened new perspectives for monitoring migratory
animals and brought together conservationists and scientists
from different fields (satellite tracking, genetics, computer
biology). It was organized by GROMS (Global Register of
Migratory Species), which is an R&D-project funded by
the German Ministry of Environment and housed at the Centre
for Development Research and the Zoological Research Institute
and Museum Alexander König.
The workshop presented in lectures and small
working groups the development of new research technologies
such as satellite tracking and genetic analysis which improve
our knowledge about animal migrations considerably. Databases
and geographical information systems (GIS) allow effective
information management and retrieval via the World Wilde
Web. However, the coherent organisation of data needed by
conservationists is still in its infancy, due to the heterogeneous
nature of data sets and theoretical challenges to GIS such
as common standards and coding of the time domain.