Following the recommendations of:
- the Action Plan for the Conservation of Marine Vegetation in the Mediterranean Sea,
- the Action Plan for the Conservation of Coralligenous and Other Calcareous Bio-concretions of Mediterranean,
- the Action Plan for the Conservation of habitats and species associated with seamounts, to underwater caves and canyons, to aphotic hard bottoms and to chemosynthetic phenomena in the Mediterranean Sea (Dark Habitats Action Plan), and
- the Action Plan concerning Species Introductions and Invasive Species in the Mediterranean Sea,
a series of scientific symposia dedicated to marine key habitats was organized by SPA/RAC since 2000. These events aim essentially to take stock of available scientific data and promote cooperation and exchange of experience among Mediterranean scientists and scientific institutions.
The 2019 edition of the "Mediterranean Symposia on Marine Key Habitats and Non-Indigenous Species" will offer an opportunity to discuss best practices in terms of monitoring of marine key habitats and non-indigenous species, define the Good Environmental Status (GES) in the Mediterranean, and provide elements to further improve the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP) of the Ecosystem Approach (EcAp) in the Mediterranean.
In a joint agreement with the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, it was decided to organize the "Mediterranean Symposia on Marine Key Habitats and Non-Indigenous Species" in Antalya, from 14 to 18 January 2019, as follows:
|The 6th Mediterranean Symposium on Marine Vegetation,|
|The 3rd Mediterranean Symposium on the Conservation of Coralligenous and other Bioconcretions,|
|The 2nd Mediterranean Symposium on the Conservation of Obscure Habitats, and|
|The 1st Mediterranean Symposium on Non-indigenous Species.|
It is my great pleasure and honour to invite you to the Mediterranean Symposia on Marine Key Habitats and Non-Indigenous Species.
I look forward to welcoming you all in Antalya!