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7th MARBENA e-conference: The Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea: New challenges for marine biodiversity research and monitoring

Location: on the web:
Event Type: E-conference
Event Date: 2004-09-06    
End Date: 2004-09-24

Event Description:
Klaus Tőpfer, UNEP Executive director, referred to the Mediterranean as a »region-laboratory«: here we find rich and less rich countries, ancient traditions and modern technologies, different cultures and diverse perceptions, political tensions and an uneven course of economic growth and social development, not to mention the environmental challenges.
Among the most important environmental challenges for Mediterranean as well as Black Sea countries is how to manage valuable marine biodiversity and at the same time achieve the best economic development.

Marine biodiversity research and monitoring issues will be addressed during our e-conference, keeping in mind a variety of cultures and languages, levels of knowledge and priority issues in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea regions.

During the three sessions - one Mediterranean, one Black Sea and one joint session – we'll discuss:
some research issues like the role of [top] predators, climate change and biological invasions for marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, neglected microbiota and deep sea biodiversity, including whether we need a revision of our biodiversity agenda,
monitoring of biodiversity, impact of human activities, biodiversity indicators and conservation
regional and international cooperation.

Last but not least: open communication and attentiveness for ideas of others/different is the foundation of productive dialog. It is in this spirit that conference organisers decided to enable discussions also in the Arabic and French languages, dominant in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, with a hope that this will facilitate mutual enrichment. Every day one new topic will be introduced but discussion will continue on the new and previous themes each day and in the last day of a session we will have all five topics opened.

Contact email: 

Event programme:
Go to programme on the web site.

Collaborators and organisers:
Conference chairs:

Dr Izdihar AMMAR, Tishreen University, Lattakia, Syria
Dr Lovrenc LIPEJ, Marine Biology Station, NIB, Piran, Slovenia
Dr Paolo MAGNI, International Marine Centre, Italy
Dr Alenka MALEJ, Marine Biology Station, NIB, Piran, Slovenia
Dr Snejana MONCHEVA, IOBAS, Bulgaria

Conference co-chairs:
Dr Christos ARVANITIDIS, Hellenic Center for Marine research, Crete, Greece
Dr Ferdinando BOERO, University of Lecce, Italy
Dr Alessandro DE MADDALENA, Mediterranean Shark Research Group
Dr Andreas DEMETROPOULOS, Cyprus Wildlife Society, Cyprus
Dr Jakov DULCIC, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Split, Croatia
Dr Serena FONDA-UMANI, University of Trieste, Italy
Dr Samir GRIMES, ISMAL, Alger, Algérie
Dr Marian GOMOIU, National Institute of Marine Geology and Ecology, Romania
Dr Ahmet KIDEYS, Middle East Technical University, Erdemli, Turkey
Dr Lyudmila KAMBURSKA, IOBAS, Bulgaria
Dr Temel OGUZ, Middle East Technical University, Erdemli, Turkey
Dr Chedly RAIS, Regional Centre for Specially Protected Areas, Tunisie
Dr Andreja RAMSAK, National Institute of Biology, Slovenia
Dr Tamara SHIGANOVA, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Dr Valentina TODOROVA, IOBAS, Bulgaria

Website url:

Registration form:¶meter=sendform

Registration fee: 0 €

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 2004-08-24 and approved by webmaster