II Workshop on seagrass conservation and management, 9-10 october

13 September 2013 | Event

After the great success of the first edition, held in 2012, IUCN-Med is organizing a second workshop on conservation, valorisation and management of seagrasses in the Spanish coastline, within the frame of the Life+Posidonia Andalucia project. The workshop is open to the public, and will be held on October 9-10 at the Instituto Portuario of Málaga.

The first day will be devoted to the analysis of environmental services provided by seagrass meadows, and to the knowledge of their ecological status and health in Spain as well as the Mediterranean. In the afternoon, experts will discuss on the adaptations required on environmental impact assessment to address seagrass needs and specific conditions. The third session will portray the importance of coordinating permanent seagrass and coastal monitoring networks at local and international levels.

The second day will be focused on in the role and challenges for local administrations regarding seagrass management. Local administrators will also debate on how to ameliorate management of natural sea debries stranded on beaches, specially of seagrass leafs, which disturb some beach users. Their removal and waste treatment have a significant cost for Municipalities. On the other hand, seagrass’ litter is a potential resource with several applications, but they are also very important for beach protection and a source of high quality sand, protecting local ecosystems. This could generate a conflict between exploitation and conservation.

A preview of the future Spanish Atlas of seagrass, which will be published at the end of this year, will be presented during the meeting. This Atlas is financed by the Spanish Biodiversity Foundation, and IUCN-Med collaborates in its elaboration.

LIFE+ POSIDONIA Andalucía is and European project, coordinated by the Andalusian Regional Ministry for the Enrvironment and Management of the Territory and co-financed by CEPSA. Project partners are, addition of the IUCN-Med, the asociation Conservaction, Information and Research on Cetaceans (CIRCE), the Andalusian Federations of Fishermen, and of Fishboat operators (FACOPE and FAAPE), the Andalusian Region Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, the Andalusian Agency for Environment and Water (AMAA) and the Andalusian Agency for Agriculture and Fisheries Management (AGAPA). The Spanish Biodivesity Foundation participates co-funding this workshop.


Par más información: Elena Diaz Almela

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