MED MPAs MEETING IN LAMPEDUSA TO TEST AND VALIDATE ADAPTED MONITORING PROTOCOLS
A training course within the Interreg Med project MPA-ADAPT organised by Pelagie Islands Marine Protected Area, the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) was held in Lampedusa from 17-21 July.
The main objective of the course was the development of monitoring protocols conceived to deepen the capability to track the effects of climate warming in MPAs and enhancing their efficiency. The protocols would provide a guidance to collect periodical data on a number of warming related aspects.
Mediterranean MPAs staffs were trained on several type of monitoring protocols, from temperature to mass mortality and visual census on indicator species. Marine biologists of the marine protected areas involved in the project were therefore able to test the protocols and methodologies learned during the course on fieldwork by snorkelling or scuba diving. These protocols will be incorporated in the management plans of marine protected areas as tools to contribute to the adaptation and mitigation of climate change impacts on marine coastal environment.
Also fishermen of Lampedusa participated to a course session to discuss on how to improve observations related to climate change such as the occurrence of new species and to communicate to scientists their historical memories on environmental changes through the Local Ecological Knowledge technique.
In addition to this event, MPA Pelagie Islands with ISPRA carried out a public meeting for capacity building on climate change on 16 July that involved local stakeholders in particular fishermen and divers.