S’Albufera Project
Restitution of the training course on monitoring for biodiversity and environmental change
training course conducted by TAIB at S’Albufera in October 2002

3 January 2003

par Web Team

(JPEG) Monitoring for Biodioversity and Environmental Change has been running for 14 years. Throughout that time, the Project has involved volunteers from many walks of life and most parts of the globe working alongside scientists from The Albufera International Biodiversity Group (TAIB) within the Mediterranean wetland of s’Albufera on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca. Inevitably, the Project team has built up an expertise in biodiversity studies and monitoring, including their practical application

Training is an important element of the MedWetCoast programme. In 2002, therefore, a training course was devised by TAIB aimed at giving MedWetCoast participants field experience of the kinds of practical conservation and wetland management issues which confront managers of Mediterranean protected areas.

(JPEG) The invitation, extended to all MedWetCoast participants, was accepted by three Protected Area managers from Egypt. The course ran from 12th October to 2nd November during which the participants were introduced to a wide range of field techniques and methodologies linked to the needs and management requirements of S’Albufera Natural Park and based on the standard approach established in the MedWet Guide: Monitoring Mediterranean Wetlands.

The course benefited from the participation on the training side of TAIB scientists from Britain, Spain and France, Park staff, visiting Balearic scientists and technical specialists from the MedWetCoast network.

The Egyptian volunteers also contributed with their efforts and their own experience and expertise in conservation management. The venture was well received, including by the Park authorities and the Balearic Government’s Environment Ministry (who were joint sponsors of the course).

(JPEG) Because of its success we have agreed to repeat the experience in 2003. A further training course is, therefore, planned for 13th to 27th April 2003 (registration deadline : 15th February 2003)

An invitation is extended to all MedWetCoast participants, and we hope that other member countries will follow Egypt’s example in sending wetland managers, biologists and others involved in the MedWetCoast initiative, as the course is designed to be of relevance to them all.

Web Team

-  Contact : Nick Riddiford, Principal Investigator, TAIB