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10/14: Participation to symposiums on the conservation of the Mediterranean Marine Key Habitats

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RAC/SPA has organized three symposiums on the conservation of Mediterranean Marine Key Habitats with the support of the MedKeyHabitats project, from 27 to 30 October 2014 in Portorož, Slovenia.

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.

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Several studies conducted within the framework of the MedMPAnet project were presented by the national technical coordinators and/or consultants of the project. The first contribution of the MedMPAnet project to the symposiums was the one of Dr. Hocein Bazairi, National technical coordinator of the MedMPAnet project in Morocco. He introduced the work carried out in Morocco in order to boost the creation of new MPAs. His contribution "Towards a new Moroccan marine protected area in the Mediterranean : Cap des Trois Fourches" has been selected as the third best poster award of the symposium on marine vegetation.

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Dr. Hocein Bazairi, National technical coordinator of the MedMPAnet project in Morocco, and his poster (Photo credit : Atef Limam / RAC/SPA)

Another work dealing with Cap des Trois Fourches future MPA was presented by Carlos Navarro-Barranco, MedMPAnet project consultant in Morocco. His poster was about the “Coralligenous assemblages in Cabo Tres Forcas (Morocco, Mediterranean)”.

Zamir Dedej, MedMPAnet project consultant in Albania, and Genti Kromidha presented the activity of “Mapping of marine habitats in Porto Palermo Bay to support the establishment and zoning of future MPA”, while Zeljka Rajković, national technical coordinator of the MedMPAnet project in Croatia, spoke about the “Development of the national monitoring protocol for Posidonia oceanica meadows in Croatia".

Vesna Mačić, national technical coordinator of the MedMPAnet project in Montenegro, presented her “Contribution to the knowledge of rare and endangered habitats", especially marine caves, in Montenegro (South East Adriatic coast) and received an award for her poster.

Yassine Ramzi Sghaier, technical assistant of MedKeyHabitats project, spoke about the “Distribution of Cymodocea nodosa along the Lebanese coast”. He explained the effects of the invasive seagrass Halophila stipulacea on the native seagrass Cymodocea nodosa.

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All abstracts and other material are available here.

Photos credit : Peter Kleva, MedKeyHabitats (Youtube screen captures)


Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:24