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10/17: Workshop on the national monitoring programme of the marine biodiversity in Egypt


SPA/RAC is organising a workshop for the validation of the national monitoring programme for biodiversity and Non-Indigenous Species in Egypt, Cairo (Egypt), October 10th 2017

The Ecosystem Approach is a strategy for an integrated management for land, water and biological resources which aim to foster the conservation and sustainable use of resources to ensure equitable exploitation, as stipulated in the Biological Diversity Convention.

The adoption of the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment programme (IMAP) by the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention (COP 19 decision IG.22/7) is one of the key elements of the implementation of this integrated and multidisciplinary approach (EcAp) in the Mediterranean.

SPA/RAC is actively contributing to the implementation of the IMAP, particularly its biodiversity and non-indigenous species (NIS) components. The centre supports Southern Mediterranean Contracting Parties to develop their monitoring programmes on biodiversity in line with the IMAP recommendations, in the framework of the EcAp-MED II project.

In this context, SPA/RAC is organising a workshop in Cairo for the validation of the monitoring programme on biodiversity and NIS in Egypt (the Mediterranean part), on October 10th 2017.

Different stakeholders, including experts and scientists, involved in the monitoring of the biodiversity, non-indigenous species and fisheries take part to this workshop, with the main aims to:

  • discuss a first draft of the national monitoring programme on biodiversity;
  • discuss and validate a list of habitats and species to be considered in the short, medium and long term, based on a reference list;
  • select at least two monitoring sites, one in a low-pressure area (i.e. Marine Protected Area / Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMI)), and one in a high-pressure area linked to human activities.

The detailed agenda (in Arabic) is available in the following link.