The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Mediterranean Action Plan – United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-MAP) are organising, from 7-12 April in Malaga (Spain), a Mediterranean regional workshop to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSA)
The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation will be assisting in the organisation of the event which is expected to gather more than 60 representatives from Mediterranean governments and experts from international and regional institutions operational in the region.
According to CBD, the EBSA process facilitates valuable scientific collaboration, enhancing knowledge of marine biodiversity in open-ocean and deep-sea habitats, as well as is an important starting point for future long-term continuous assessment with increasing availability of scientific information. In 2012, the COP17 to the Barcelona Convention endorsed the EBSA Map, which identifies 11 priority areas of the Mediterranean Sea.
In case you have documents (articles, maps, data, video or audio information) that could be useful for this meeting and in particular for marine areas of importance in the Mediterranean –even coastal sites, as they influence open seas and deep sea biological and ecological characteristics- please do not hesitate to submit them for the meeting through the IUCN-Med contact Alain Jeudy. Deadline to send information: Monday, 17 March 2014.
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For more information on IUCN-Med participation at the meeting, you can contact Alain Jeudy