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10/11: Mediterranean training session on ecological monitoring in MPAs

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RAC/SPA has organised a Mediteerranean training session on the identification and classification techniques of marine and coastal species for the ecological monitoring in MPAs.

The training session contributed to strengthen the capacity and skills of 8 MPA managers and practitioners from 7 Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Croatia, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco and Tunisia), by providing them with the tools and know-how needed to improve their knowledge on the taxonomy of the marine and coastal species.

The training session was convened in collaboration with the University of Alicante (Spain) and took place in the Marine Research Centre of the Santa Pola (CIMAR) from 25th September to 1st October 2011. The training, delivered by a group of professors from the University of Alicante and RAC/SPA experts, has been alternating between field work and theory lessons.

s_paula_periodicalThe last day of the training session has been reserved to visit to the Marine reserve of Tabarca where a diving session for all the participants has been organized in order to show them more concretely in the field how to manage and to plan the ecological monitoring in the marine reserve. A visit to the Museum and a key presentation on the issue was ensured by the managers of the marine reserve. Two other case studies were also given by Professor Ramos (university of Alicante) and Dr Atef LIMAM (RAC/SPA expert) in the Aquarium of Santa Pola.

Information on the training workshop has been disseminated in the local periodical of Santa Pola (see the following link).




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