Programme de la formation

1 April 2014 – Mas Caials, Parc Natural de Cap de Creus, Cadaqués                                  

Opening Session.

Plenary sessions - MPAs as observatories of Mediterranean changes

Plenary session – Why is it important to monitor climate change in MPAs?

Plenary session – Monitoring for MPAs: 'Science for management'

  • Why MPAs are relevant for the study of climate change effects? Joaquim Garrabou.[download presentation]
  • Tropical signals: example of regional program for monitoring impacts of Climate Change on Marine Biodiversity. Jamila Ben Souissi. [download presentation]
  • T-MEDNet: from local initiatives to a regional coastal temperature monitoring network. Nathaniel Bensoussan. [download presentation]

Training session per group – Simplified tools/protocols for MPA managers

Each group participated to all trainings.

  • Training 1. Monitoring coastal temperatures and water column stratification. Nathaniel Bensoussan. [download presentation]
  • Training 2. Assessing the conservation status of key macrobenthic species: gorgonian populations. Cristina Linares. [download presentation]
  • Training 3. Assessing the abundance of indicator fish species. Ernesto Azuro. [download presentation]


2 April 2014 – L'Estartit and Medes Islands, Montgri, Illes Medes and baix ter Natural park     

Field trip

  • Excursion to the Medes islands
  • Visit of Josep Pascual's Maregraph at l'Estartit harbor

Plenary session. Allocating time and effort

  • The l'Estartit time series, 40 years of oceanographic observation. Josep Pascual.
  • Training 4. Monitoring protocols for invasive species. Emma Cebrian. [download presentation]
  • Case study on the use of monitoring protocols to study invasive algal species in the Medes region. Boris Weitzmann. [download presentation]


3 April 2014 – Mas Caials & Sol Ixent, Cadaqués                                                                             

Plenary session. Emerging/threatening issues.

  • Ocean acidification. Purificació Canals.
  • Monitoring of the impacts of Siganus rivulatus and Siganus luridus in Turkish MPAs. Zafer Kizilkaya. [download presentation]

Plenary session. Manager's feedback on the application of simplified monitoring protocols

Plenary session. Introduction to the use of some web platforms

Plenary & work group facilitated discussions. Integrating CC into monitoring practices for the buildup of a Mediterranean MPAs climate change monitoring network: how to proceed? Participants were shared in 2 groups by language affinity (french/english).

  • Presentation of the co-creation work group exercises. Joaquim Garrabou.
  • Step 1, 2 groups in parallel. Features for designing a climate change monitoring network
  • Step 2, 2 groups in parallel. Concepts, opportunities and challenges to fulfill the features
  • Wrap up of the outcome of the two groups


4 April 2014 – Mas Caials & Sol Ixent, Cadaqués          

Field trip

  • Excursion to Cap de Creus.

Parallel working session: Maintaining and extending existing surveys/networks

  • How to maintain and implement (sub) regional monitoring initiatives?
  • Feeding afternoon conclusions.

Plenary session: Facilitated discussions and perspectives for future steps

  • A network for monitoring CC in MPAs: Building from local initiatives. Chloë Webster, Nathaniel Bensoussan, Joaquim Garrabou.

Closing talk

  • Victòria Riera Aragó and Purificació Canals.