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Training course on "Designing a monitoring programme for Mediterranean wetlands"
Italy - Orbetello
Monday 24 November 2003, by Web Team
Monitoring a natural area is a key-factor for its management, and should ideally be conducted as part of a management plan. It provides site managers with a permanent "dashboard" of the natural heritage and external or internal factors that could affect it. It also helps them to critically evaluate the management that has been conducted and its results. If well designed, it is therefore a vital tool which allows the site manager to stay on the right course in terms of her/his management objectives.
However, too often, monitoring is perceived as simply collecting repeatedly standard data: some factors are monitored because other site managers are doing so too, or because some staff knows the right techniques for monitoring one particular aspect. But when it comes to analysing these data, often collected at a high cost in terms of human resources, frequently you find that in order to reach conclusions, another vital variable should have been measured, or that the frequency of measurement was not correct. In other words, the right question was not formulated at the outset.
This course is therefore intended for all those who are responsible for managing wetlands in a Mediterranean environment, with a view to reducing such failures.
For each trainee to benefit fully from the course, the prerequisites are the following:
The course will enable trainees to design consistent monitoring programmes for the site they manage: namely, knowing how to clearly state the problems, hypotheses and aims of a monitoring programme, before starting to collect data. The methodology adopted is that developed during the first phase of the MedWet initiative in 1993-96 (Tomas-Vives et al., 1996).
This course will not aim mainly at providing information on the various practical monitoring techniques, which involve so many varied subject areas (hydrology, botany, invertebrates, fish and fisheries, ornithology, socio-economics, impacts of human activities, etc.) that each one would need a course of its own. However, given the importance of water monitoring activities planned by many sites involved in the MW/Regions Project, and the importance of the EU Water Framework Directive for wetland managers, which indirectly obliges to monitor whether one reaches the objectives set up by the Directive, specific methods/ techniques will be presented/ discussed on this topic, through exchange of experience between the participants.
Besides lectures (that will be kept to a minimum), the course will put the emphasis on putting into practice the theoretical knowledge acquired by the trainees. They will design, analyse critically and interpret monitoring programmes based on a fictional case study, inspired from actual examples of various Mediterranean wetlands (the Camargue, Balearics, etc.).
PROVISIONAL course outline
• Monday, Nov. 24th
• Tuesday, Nov. 25th - Morning
• Tuesday, Nov. 25th - Afternoon
• Wedn, Nov. 26th - Morning
• Wedn, Nov. 26th - Afternoon
• Thursday, Nov. 27th - Morning
• Thursday, Nov. 27th - Afternoon
• Friday, Nov. 28th - Morning
• Friday, Nov. 28th - Afternoon
• Sat., Nov. 29th - Morning - Presentation of an integrated monitoring programme : the Camargue Observatory
• Sat., Nov. 29th - Afternoon
• Sunday, Nov. 30th
The course will be held in the little town of Orbetello (Province of Grosseto) and participants will be accommodated at Hotel "I Presidi" (3 stars, unofficially 4 stars), a medium sized hotel (50 rooms of very good quality) overlooking the Orbetello Lagoon (Eastern Lagoon, South side of the Orbetello peninsula, Ramsar site). The meeting hall (Training room) is inside the hotel and is adequately equiped to contain all the group. More information and sights on the website. Meals will be at the participant’s discretion, the venue being in the centre of Orbetello, with many restaurants of all kinds. ARPAT and Tuscany Region will negotiate the price at selected restaurants.
Transport to/ from Rome airport will be organized by courtesy of ARPAT (Tuscany region) by bus. It is important that you inform Mario Cenni about the timing of landing of your flights to arrange properly the bus from Rome to Orbetello. There will be only one trip, at an adequate timing in the evening to collect everybody, because the distance is around 140 km. If any difficulties are encountered we can arrange different solutions by train.
Contact : Mrs Maria-Antonia Diaz, Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat, Le Sambuc, 13200 Arles France Fax : ++33 (0) 4 90 97 20 19, Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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