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Monitoring and modelling coastal lagoons: making management tools for aquatic resources in north Africa - MELMARINA, Summary of the final report

Project ID: ICA3-CT-2002-10009
Funded under: FP5-INCO 2

Abstract

Many North African coastal lagoons are severely degraded yet some remain high value aquatic ecosystems that are important as natural resources for local human populations and contribute substantially to regional biodiversity. North Africa's lagoons are all impacted by a variety of environmental change processes but human activities have had the greatest effect during the 20th century. Pressures resulting from these activities are set to continue and in many cases increase through the 21st Century. Environmental monitoring within North Africa's aquatic ecosystems is inadequate and management planning and policies are poorly supported by relevant scientific information. This proposal concerns the development of lagoonal ecosystem monitoring (by field survey, long-term monitoring through field instrumentation and remote sensing) and its integration within hydraulic/ecological modelling. It has several aims and objectives designed to help tackle current deficiencies.
General objectives are:
- Development of early warning tools and decision support systems that examine with the environmental equilibrium between the aquatic resources of specific coastal and inland lagoonal areas.
- Establish and evaluate long-term research on monitoring, measuring and modelling sustainable development in the coastal lagoonal areas.
- Assess and model the impact of human activities on water availability, distribution and quality.
- Promote communality in research methodology through information exchange and by instigating training programmes for young scientists within North African partner institutions in specialist areas of aquatic resource monitoring and modelling.
- Forge active links with other international and national bodies concerned with management of aquatic (especially lagoonal) resources and to exploit further the results of the project by widely disseminating results.

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Record Number: 9001 / Last updated on: 2008-04-03
Category: MISC
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