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01/19: Mediterranean symposia on marine key habitats and non-indigenous species: A scientific gathering to share knowledge and foster marine biodiversity conservation

Key Habitats and NIS Symposia

Scientists and researchers from all over the Mediterranean will meet in Antalya from 14 to 18 January 2019 to exchange knowledge on marine biodiversity conservation and enhance cooperation to achieve the good environmental status of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Specially Protected Areas Regional Activity Centre (SPA/RAC) is organizing the Mediterranean symposia on marine key habitats and non-indigenous species, in collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation and the Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV), as follows:

  • 6th Mediterranean symposium on marine vegetation (from 14 to 15 January 2018) 
  • 3rd Mediterranean symposium on the conservation of coralligenous and other calcareous bio-concretions (from 15 to 16 January 2018) 
  • 2nd Mediterranean symposium on the conservation of the dark habitats (16 January 2018) 
  • 1st Mediterranean symposium on the non-indigenous species (from 17 to 18 January 2018) 

The symposia will be opened officially by Mr Ahmet DEMIRTAS, General Director - Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, after the welcome speech of Mr Khalil ATTIA, SPA/RAC Director, on behalf of Mr Gaetano LEONE, MAP Coordinator.

During the opening session, a presentation on the Mediterranean Key Habitats and NIS in Turkey will be provided by Professor Bayram ÖZTÜRK, president of TUDAV, followed by the screening of the documentary film “Mediterranean Sea and Biological Invasion”, produced by Turkish Radio and TV. 

Exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices
The symposia aim essentially at providing an opportunity to exchange the most recent scientific data on marine biodiversity conservation while promoting the cooperation between specialists working on the Mediterranean.

Key note conferences, oral communications, poster sessions and round tables will be organized to present the most recent studies dealing with marine key habitats and species introduction in the Mediterranean, and to discuss the best strategies of biodiversity conservation and restoration in the Mediterranean Sea.

The symposia will alsobe a good opportunity to discuss new topics such as the monitoring, the definition of Good Environmental Status in the Mediterranean and to strengthenlinks between scientists and scientific institutions”, says Khalil ATTIA, SPA/RAC Director.

The Mediterranean symposia on marine key habitats and non-indigenous species is financed by the MAVA Foundation and the Mediterranean Trust Fund.

Photographic exhibition
During the symposia, a photographic exhibition on marine habitats and non-indigenous species will be held at the conference venue and will offer the visitors the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful Mediterranean underwater world.

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