Next MedCoast Institute

8 November 2005

par Sylvie Goyet

Next MedCoast Institute (2-week training on coastal zone management issues) will take place on 29 August -13 September 2006 in Turkey. You are invited to visit their website for further information: www.medcoast.org.tr

UNEP MAP Plan Bleu www.planbleu.org has just released a most interesting and long awaited report : "Méditerranée : les perspectives du Plan Bleu sur l’environnement et le développement / A sustainable future for the Mediterranean: the Blue Plan’s environment and development outlook" They have been working on it for the past 3 years and I consider this report a must-have for the wealth of information and data and the useful prospective studies that it proposes for the region.

A four day conference on the Environmental Change in Lakes, Lagoons and Wetlands of the Southern Mediterranean Region is to be held at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Zamalek, Cairo 4-7th January 2006. This will be the 1st International Conference, organised jointly between University College London (UK) and the National Authority for Remote Sensing & Space Sciences (NARSS), with supportive links from the EU-INCO funded project MELMARINA (Monitoring & Modelling Coastal Lagoons: Making Management Tools for Aquatic Resources in North Africa).

The Melmarina project is a three year research project funded under the European Commission Framework Programme V. The project started in November 2002. The overall aim of the project is to develop understanding of the functioning of coastal lagoons in North Africa and to develop tools to enhance the management of these important aquatic ecosystems. Interestingly (though I never hear anything in terms of collaboration from the respective colleagues), the project works in key sites in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt - there, hydrological instrumentation will be installed and programmes of water quality and ecological monitoring initiated. The prime sites include: Merja Zerga, Nador and Sidi Bou Raba in Morocco; Ghar El Melh, Korba and Halk El Menzel in Tunisia; and Lake Manzala, Lake Bardawill and Burullus in Egypt.

The Melmarina project could provide some useful links with the MedWetCoast sites, in particular in terms of monitoring and hydro studies. As appropriate, you are invited to make a note of it.

More information on www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/melmarina/index.stm

Sylvie Goyet