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European Experts in seagrass study methods for its preservation at the UA

 

Alicante,  30th September, 2013

European experts in seagrasses will join from tomorrow at a meeting organized by the University of Alicante to talk about the preservation of marine plant ecosystems in Europe. The meeting, part of a project of the International Project COST, has been developed within the activities of the Department of Marine Sciences at the UA and will be held at the Marine Research Centre in Santa Pola (CIMAR) .

From 1st to 3rd October, a group working with researchers from Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain will study what were the trends of change in the abundance and distribution of seagrasses in European waters during the last decades. These marine angiosperm ecosystems, along with other coastal ecosystems such as coral reefs and mangrove forests are featured by the many services they offered to the environment. However, they are declining dramatically worldwide as a result of natural and human pressures, including habitat fragmentation, eutrophication, reduced water quality and stress factors caused by climate change.

The European Project COST Action ES0906 "Seagrass Productivity" has as its main objective to provide the scientific basis for the estimate and the preservation of the goods and services derived from the productivity of angiosperms marine ecosystems in Europe.

This working group was set up last February in Brussels, where the objectives of the work and the methodology to be used was defined. In recent months, the members of the group have collected information on seagrass studies throughout Europe. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the results that have been obtained and analyse them.

CIMAR, located in the town of Santa Pola, is a joint centre of the University of Alicante and the council of this town.

 

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