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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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: ICA3-CT-2002-10003

  • Start date

    1 December 2002

  • End date

    30 November 2005

Funded under:

FP5-INCO 2

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 687 644

  • EU contribution

    € 1 430 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE

Italy

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.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE

Address

Via Romana 17/19
50125 Firenze

Italy

Participants (12)

AGENCE DE PROTECTION ET D'AMENAGEMENT DU LITTORAL

Tunisia

CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ARAB REGION AND EUROPE

Egypt

ERBORISTERIA BENCIVENNI

Italy

INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH

Portugal

THE UNIVERSITY OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

Denmark

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

UNIVERSITE MOHAMMED V

Morocco

UNIVERSITE TUNIS II EL MANAR

Tunisia

UNIVERSITY OF ALICANTE

Spain

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF MALTA

Malta

UNIVERSITY OF ROME "LA SAPIENZA"

Italy