An agreement regarding the future of the Alboran Sea
The 2nd International Meeting on the Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Alboran Sea which was held in the city of Oujda (Morocco) from 16-18 April, has ended with the “Oujda Declaration on the conservation and sustainable development of the Alboran Sea”; a document that will enable a strategy to be drawn up for carrying out pilot actions in the coming years.
Amongst the key aspects, this declaration acknowledges the role of the
The declaration ends with a series of recommendations, amongst which can be highlighted the implementation of a centralised information-exchange system, including a series of indicators for it to be used in marine and coastal contexts, with a new ecosystem-based approach; strengthening existing protected areas and creating new protected areas; promoting the Algeria-Spain-Morocco cooperation, primarily by implementing multi-discipline working groups on uses, resources and the environment; and a comparative analysis of existing legislation relating to the conservation and sustainable development of the Alboran region. Recommendations include creating a technological and scientific marine biodiversity research centre for new-generation projects orientated towards conservation, education and raising awareness, and establishing the “Alboran Network for Sustainable Development” feeding an information system that could lead to the creation of an “Observatory for the conservation and sustainable development of the Alboran”. In addition to the plenary sessions, during the meeting three simultaneous workshops were organised on: Sand exploitation and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM); Interactions between human activities, birds, turtles and marine mammals; and Marine protected areas and biodiversity. During these workshops, specific actions to be drawn up over the next three years were discussed and presented to the plenary for approval.
At the meeting various Spanish institutions and NGOs were present, amongst which include: the Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs, the Regional Government of Andalusia (Junta de Andalucía), the Provincial Council, Malaga City Council, Malaga University, AECID, the Biodiversity Foundation (Fundación Biodiversidad), Ecologists in Action (Ecologistas en Acción), the UNESCO Chair of Environment, 'Aula del Mar' in Malaga, Oceana, and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography.
This “2nd International Meeting on the Conservation and Sustainable Development of the