PSMKH - MedKeyhabitats Project

30 November - 12:30 / 13:30 in room Libye

Organisers: RAC/SPA

Moderators: Chedly RAIS, Okianos (Tabarka, Tunisia)

Session overview:

The two most commonly acknowledged purposes for habitat mapping are to support governments in marine spatial planning, management, decision making and to support and underpin the design of marine protected areas and their management.
Marine habitats mapping, and Habitats, maps provide a greater understanding of their distribution and extent. We can identify areas that may need protection as Marine Protected Areas but, most importantly, we can begin to make informed choices about how to manage our marine environment.
Habitat mapping is a border term encompassing strictly geological maps produced from acoustics survey of the seabed, to map biological assemblages or biocenoses. It is a new and rapidly expanding field and thus, there is a greater deal of questions to be answered concerning the best methods and standards to use in acquiring and processing data, habitat classification terms and systems and the reliability of the maps produced.
The MedKeyHabitats project is the project for “Mapping of key marine habitats in the Mediterranean and promoting their conservation through the establishment of Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMI)”. It offers through its main activity “Mapping selected key habitats” the opportunity to answer some of the questions raised above.
This special session will be mainly to present the results and the testimonials of the countries involved in the project. Each country will have 5 min. the session will start by a brief introduction about the project and a presentation of the MAVA strategy.

  • Opening of the session: Khalil ATTIA, RAC/SPA Director
  • MAVA strategy for the Mediterranean, Place for mapping marine key habitats in the past and in the future: Paule GROS, MAVA Foundation
  • Overview of MedKeyHabitats and its achievements (mapping, monitoring, training, SPAMI): Atef OUERGHI, RAC/SPA (Tunisia) & Yassine Ramzi SGHAIER, RAC/SPA (Tunisia)
  • Overview of mapping technics of marine key habitats by the use of Side-Scan Sonar in Tunisia and Montenegro:  Giovanni TORCHIA, Golder Associates Srl (Italy), Saba GUELLOUZ, Protection and Coastal Planning Agency (Tunisia), Milena BATAKOVIC, Environmental Protection Agency (Montenegro), Vesna MACIC, Institute of marine Biology of Kotor (Montenegro)
  • Use of Classic Technics and hydroplane in Algeria: Saida LAOUAR, Ministère des Ressources en Eau et de l’Environnement (Algeria), Mouloud BENABDI, Abyss (Algeria), Alfonso Angel RAMOS ESPLA, University of Alicante (Spain)
  • Use of the combination of Classical technics and ROv in Morocco : Zouhair AMHAOUCH, Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification (Morocco): Hocein BAZAIRI, University of Rabat (Morocco), Free ESPINOSA, University of Seville (Spain)
  • Discussions