The two MPA-ADAPT Local Ecological Knowledge protocols have been presented at the 1st Mediterranean Symposium on Non-Indigenous Species held on 17-18 January in Antalya (Turkey), where dr. Ernesto Azzurro from the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) was invited as a keynote speaker.
The MPA-ADAPT protocols, recently completed, are now starting to be disseminated as key tools for monitoring and managing the occurrence of climate sensitive species in the Mediterranean region. Some of the preliminary outputs and two Local Ecological Knowledge protocols were shared among the conference participants, including relevant experts and institutions involved in managing environmental issues in Mediterranean marine protected areas.
The conference focused on ongoing biological invasions in the Mediterranean Sea, which allowed to enable the project to be integrated with the existing research network discussion on the increasing relevance of invasion of tropical species in the region.
The aim of this presentation campaign of the LEK protocols is to receive feedback from experts and practitioners in order to improve their content and later proceed to transfer them within the framework of the Interreg Med horizontal project, and the community of scientists, MPA managers, other stakeholders and the general public in the Mediterranean region.