The Mediterranean Lesser Crested Terns, Thalasseus bengalensis emigratus, is a Mediterranean endemic seabird, potentially vulnerable to many sources of threat.
In 2012, within the framework of the MedMPAnet Project, a study was conducted on this specie in Libya, especially in Garah, a potential future MPA where the largest fraction of the seabird global population is concentrated.
A monitoring guide of Mediterranean Lesser Crested Terns population is now available on line. It is a tool which provides directives to assess changes in population size, distribution and breeding success, in a coherent and safe approach.
The guide can be downloaded at this link.
The symposiums focused respectively on marine vegetation, coralligenous and other calcareous bio-concretions, and dark habitats. About 166 marine researchers and practitioners from Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey participated to this event.
Several studies conducted within the framework of the MedMPAnet project were presented by the national technical coordinators and/or consultants of the project.
RAC / SPA organized a workshop in Nador, 1st October 2014, to present the results of the diagnostic assessment phase of the Cap des Trois Fourches management plan, and to start discussions on the management vision and objectives of Cap des Trois Fourches future marine and coastal protected area.
Photo credit : Hocein Bezairi
During the first phase of the MedMPanet Project, several studies on the ecological and socio-economic component were conducted. Moroccan project partners have been identified and eight marine sites deserving to be set up as MPAs have been characterized.
The workshop in Nador was the opportunity to share the results with representatives of the community, relevant ministries and associations.