Participation in the event “Empowering the Mediterranean Community with tools for ecosystem-based management“ organized by the horizontal project PANACeA in Podgorica on 16-18 May 2018.
The event was divided into several sections: an open seminar, an interactive workshop and a discussion on the PANACeA Action Plan 2018-2019. The seminar aimed to highlight and transfer the latest knowledge, practical methodologies and tools developed by current EU and Mediterranean research, management and policy projects to stimulate a Mediterranean debate on ecosystem-based management and biodiversity conservation. Biljana Aljinovic from IUCN Med presented Posbemed and participated as a panellist in the session on New Data, Strengthened Instruments for an Ecosystem-Based Approach. The discussion in this session was focused on the land-sea interface and the available tools and knowledge for a sustainable use of natural resources at different scales.
During the interactive workshop, a World Café session was organized to present selected tools from several Biodiversity Protection Community projects and the updates on the PANACeA Biodiversity Knowledge Platform. Posbemed data on the municipalities where the management, perception and expectation questionnaires were implemented was used to showcase the utility of the Platform.
Finally, the discussion on PANACeA’s Action Plan 2018-2019 that took place on the last day of the event was focused on validating the following steps in the collaboration of the Modular projects with PANACeA, through the discussions in three working groups. IUCN participated in the working group on Integrated Ecosystem Monitoring, hosted by Plan Bleu. Ideas on the elaboration of several relevant documents (factsheets, technical and policy papers) and participation at events for the following months were discussed. With this approach, PANACeA is aiming to give more visibility to the results and tools from Modular projects and is thus relevant for showcasing the Strategy on Sustainable Management of Posidonia beaches/dunes systems that will result from Posbemed.