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Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop 2006

Location: Malta
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2006-05-30    
End Date: 2006-06-03

Event Description:
MSW 2006 is the first meeting that focuses on Mediterranean seagrasses. Previous meetings (‘Workshops on Posidonia oceanica beds’), the first in 1984 and the second in 1989, have focused mainly on Posidonia oceanica. MSW 2006 will include a wide range of topics encompassing biological, ecological and management aspects of Mediterranean seagrasses.

The Mediterranean constitutes one of the oldest cradles of civilisation, while its waters harbour a high biodiversity; a large percentage of the marine species (around 20%) in the region are endemic. However, extensive coastal development coupled with the heavy pressure of anthropogenic activities on its waters, have led to loss of marine habitat in the region. Being located in shallow coastal areas close to human settlement, seagrasses are bearing the brunt of disturbance from anthropogenic activities, with the result that degradation and loss of seagrass habitat is widespread in the Mediterranean Sea.

MSW 2006 aims to bring together seagrass biologists from all over the Mediterranean to discuss current knowledge of the state of seagrasses, and to present aspects of their latest research. For these aims to be achieved, a main objective of MSW 2006 will be to attract participants from North Africa and the east Mediterranean, since data on seagrasses from these regions are lacking. It is for this reason that the Organising Committee chose the Maltese Islands, located at the centre of the Mediterranean, as the venue for MSW 2006. The workshop will be hosted by the Department of Biology at the University of Malta.

A kind reminder that registration is open and abstract submission closes on October 30th 2005.

Please check the MSW 2006 web page for news and latest updates at

Dates to remember:

30th October 2005: Close of Abstract Submission
5th December 2005: Notification of abstract acceptance
28th February 2006: Close of early registration
30th April 2006: Close of registration
30th May to 3rd June 2006: MSW 2006

Contact email:

Event programme:

The MSW 2006 main themes are:

1) Seagrass Biology and Ecology
2) Ecosystem Service of Seagrasses
3) Monitoring, Management & Restoration of Seagrass Habitats

Round Table themes:

a) New methodologies of ecosystem approach to seagrass
b) Conservation of Mediterranean aquatic vegetation

Collaborators and organisers:

Website url:

Registration form:

Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by WardAppeltans on 2005-11-03 and approved by webmaster