The Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation (SMBC) was formed in January 1996 as a response to the lack in Central America of regional communication forums for professionals in the areas of biology and conservation of natural resources. In fact, the idea of a professional society was born a little earlier, in May 1995, during a symposium on ornithology in northern Central America, held in Williamsburg, Virginia (USA) and in which Oliver Komar participated. Two months later, in July 1995, Oliver took a tour of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua to discuss the idea with some 100 professionals in these countries.
The Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation (MSBC) is a regional professional and student society whose mission is to promote the exchange of information and research for biological and cultural conservation in Mesoamerica. It was founded in 1996 in Lake Yojoa, Honduras, by biologists representing the various countries of Mesoamerica. After the formation of the Society, each country of Mesoamerica gathered a professional, student and institutional membership through individual country chapters.
The Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation is an influential organization that is widely recognized for its quality and leadership in contributing to the generation, exchange, dissemination and application of scientific knowledge and about biological and cultural conservation in Mesoamerica. It contributes to the professional and technical development of its wide and diverse membership with an organizational, legal, financial and efficient administrative structure that benefits the institutions and individuals who work for biological and cultural conservation in Mesoamerica.