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From river catchement areas to the sea : a comparative and integrated approach to the ecology of mediterranean coastal zones for sustainable management

Objective

Target systems are sand beaches and their ecosystems. The research will extend to adjacent systems influencing and/or being influenced by the defined system, contributing to coastal equilibrium. The project aims at: definition of guidelines and ecological criteria for preservation of environmental quality through the identification of functional links between elements of coastal ecosystems and influencing zones in the Mediterranean; development of early warning indicators of degradation and long-term indicators of sustainability of coastal ecosystems; preparation of a manual regarding the application of ecological indicators of coastal quality, to be used by environmental managers and decision-makers . A transdisciplinary characterisation will be conducted at chosen sites, which share common problems of the Region, and the analysis of the property of different ecological indicators, from landscape to species and genetic levels, will be made.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE
Address
Via Romana 17/19
50125 Firenze
Italy

Participants (12)

AGENCE DE PROTECTION ET D'AMENAGEMENT DU LITTORAL
Tunisia
Address
Rue Mohamed Rachid Ridha - 2
1002 Tunis
CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ARAB REGION AND EUROPE
Egypt
Address
El-hegaz St. 2, Cedare Bldg.
Cairo
ERBORISTERIA BENCIVENNI
Italy
Address
Interno Mercato San Lorenzo N.241
50123 Firenze
INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH
Portugal
Address
C/o Universidade De Coimbra - Departaments Of Zool
3000 Coimbra
THE UNIVERSITY OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES
Denmark
Address
Universitetsparken 2
2100 Koepenhagen
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
645,Avinguda Diagonal 645
08028 Barcelona
UNIVERSITE MOHAMMED V
Morocco
Address
Avenue Ibn Battota
10106 Rabat / Agdal
UNIVERSITE TUNIS II EL MANAR
Tunisia
Address
Campus Universitaire
2092 El Manar
UNIVERSITY OF ALICANTE
Spain
Address
Carretera De San Vicente S/n
03080 Alicante
UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
UNIVERSITY OF MALTA
Malta
Address
St. Paul Street Old University Building
VLT 07 Valletta
UNIVERSITY OF ROME "LA SAPIENZA"
Italy
Address
Via Borelli 50
00161 Roma