Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Following the recommendations of :
- the Action Plan for the Conservation of Marine Vegetation in the Mediterranean Sea (adopted by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention in 1999 and updated in 2012)
- the Action Plan for the Conservation of Coralligenous and other calcareous bio-concretions of Mediterranean ( adopted by the Contracting Parties to Barcelona Convention in 20018 and updated in 2016)
- the Action Plan for the conservation of habitats and species associated with seamounts, underwater caves and canyons, aphotic hard beds and chemo-synthetic phenomena in the Mediterranean Sea (Action Plan for Dark Habitats adopted by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention in 2013), and
- the Action Plan concerning Species Introduction and Invasive Species (Adopted by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention in 2003 and updated in 2016)
a series of scientific symposia, dedicated to these habitats and NIS, was initiated in 2000 by organising the first Mediterranean Symposium on Marine vegetation. These initiatives aimed essentially to take stock of the recently available scientific data and to promote the cooperation between specialists and key actors working in the Mediterranean.
The “Mediterranean Symposia on Marine Key Habitats and NIS” will provide also an opportunity to discuss best practices in the monitoring of marine key and non-indigenous species and provide elements to further improve the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme of the Mediterranean Sea and Coast and related Assessment Criteria (IMAP), of the Ecosystem Approach (EcAp) in the Mediterranean.
In a joint agreement with the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation, it was decided to organize the “Mediterranean Symposia on Marine Key habitats and NIS” together back to back in Antalya from 14 to 18 January as follows :
|6th Mediterranean Symposium on Marine vegetation|
|3rd Mediterranean Symposium on the Conservation of Coralligenous and other Calcareous Bio-Concretions|
|2nd Mediterranean Symposium on the Conservation of the Dark Habitats|
|1st Mediterranean Symposium on the Non-Indigenous Species|
TUDAV , the Turkish Marine Research Foundation, SPA/RAC partner will be the local organizer of this event.
This edition will also be a good opportunity to discuss new topics such as the monitoring, the definition of Good Environmental Status (GES) in the Mediterranean and so strengthen links between scientists and scientific institutions.
It is my great pleasure and honor to invite you to the Mediterranean Symposia on Marine Key Habitats and NIS and look forward to welcoming all in person in Antalya, Turkey
See you soon in Antalya