HT LIVRE – LANGUEDOC ROUSSILON : Guide de la flore du littoral sableux méditerranéen – Benoît LARROQUE et Jean FAVENNEC Guide de la flore du littoral sableux méditerranéen – Benoît LARROQUE et Jean FAVENNEC

Source: Hérault Tribune

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Un guide d’identification de plus de 300 espèces du bord de mer, de la Camargue au Roussillon. Une équipe de 40 personnes, rédacteurs et photographes, de l’ONF, du Conservatoire botanique méditerranéen, du Parc naturel de Camargue, de l’EID… a réuni dans ce guide la plupart des plantes du littoral. – 20 000 ex. vendus (toutes éditions confondues) du Guide de la flore des dunes littorales de la Bretagne au sud des Landes.
– Aucun livre équivalent sur le marché. – 330 espèces classées par couleur de la fleur (bandeau coloré sur le côté, aisément repérable). – Introduction sur les différents types de milieux. 400 photos. Clés de détermination simplifiées. Carte. Liste des espèces protégées. Index des espèces. Glossaire. – Utilisable par tous, quel que soit le niveau de connaissances en sciences naturelles. A pour vocation d’aider à la découverte du milieu naturel, mais aussi la gestion et la conservation du littoral méditerranéen.
– Concerne tous les points de vente du littoral, notamment ceux des stations balnéaires. Après les “années béton”, il existe un regain d’intérêt de la part des communes du littoral et des touristes pour le milieu naturel. Les rares pointements rocheux de ce littoral (Sète, Cap d’Agde et Cap Leucate) ont été exclus car leur constitution (géologique, floristique,…) est très différente.

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Pilotée par l’Office national des forêts, la rédaction de ce guide a associé des référents de l’EID-Méditerranée, du Parc naturel régional de Camargue ainsi que de nombreux techniciens et bénévoles.

Benoît LARROQUE et Jean FAVENNEC ont coordonné la réalisation de ce livre : Benoît LARROQUE est ingénieur à l’ONF, basé à Montpellier. Jean FAVENNEC est membre de l’EUCC-France et a longtemps été responsable de la Mission littoral nationale de l’ONF.

Editeur: Editions Sudouest

Nbres de pages : 28 0 pages

Prix: 19,50 euros

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AQUACROSS Forum on Ecosystem-based Management of Freshwater, Coastal, and Marine Ecosystems: Insights for Innovation from Science, Policy, and Business

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27/28.06.2016 – Madrid, Spain

The Horizon 2020 project AQUACROSS Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies invites you to save the 27th and 28th June 2016 in Madrid, Spain for a scientific forum including a multi-stakeholder panel discussion on:

Ecosystem-based Management of Freshwater, Coastal, and Marine Ecosystems: Insights for Innovation from Science, Policy, and Business

The aim of the forum is to bring together scientific experts, policy makers, and members of the business community engaged in innovative sectors to discuss cross-cutting topics related to aquatic ecosystems and opportunities for ecosystem-based management. An interactive multi-stakeholder panel discussion will be held with key leaders and experts from science, policy and business who will share their views and provide feedback on experiences in assessing, managing, and utilising freshwater, coastal, and marine ecosystems.

The interim results of AQUACROSS will be shared and reviewed with participants in order to bring new knowledge and innovative ideas into ongoing project discussions and upcoming outputs.

Abstract submissions for conference papers covering a range of cross-cutting themes are encouraged.

  • Theoretical and practical approaches to biodiversity and ecosystem service conservation;
  • Evaluation of conservation policy successes and failures;
  • Coupled biophysical and socio-economic modelling;
  • Trans-disciplinary methods including how to facilitate the participatory inclusion of stakeholders;
  • Decision support tools;
  • Monitoring and performance evaluation in biodiversity conservation;
  • Development of integrated data and information platforms;
  • Policy evaluation of biodiversity-related policies;
  • Institutional frameworks for resource conservation; and
  • Economics of species conservation

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Webinar by “Blue Carbon: a new tool for coastal wetland restoration and conservation effort” by Restore America’s Estuaries

Learn how coastal wetlands can also mitigate climate change and earn carbon finance to support restoration/conservation efforts.

Join Restore America’s Estuaries for an upcoming webinar: Blue Carbon: a new tool for coastal wetland restoration and conservation efforts
When: Thursday, October 1, 2015; 2:00 pm EDT
Register online at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8011574252220262913

Learn  the basics of blue carbon science and understand how blue carbon can support land conservation and restoration goals and generate new revenue opportunities. This webinar will cover:
– Background on blue carbon and importance to restoration/conservation needs
– Introduction to the voluntary carbon market
– Market and policy opportunities

What’s Blue Carbon?
It refers to the carbon and other greenhouse gases captured, stored, and emitted by the world’s coastal ecosystems.  This webinar will introduce participants to blue carbon science, concepts, and opportunities to benefit coastal restoration and conservation efforts. We will explore the greenhouse gas benefits provided by tidal wetlands, salt marshes, seagrasses, mangroves, and other coastal ecosystems, cover the basics of how carbon markets work, and what the opportunities are for coastal wetland projects to benefit from carbon finance.
Who should attend?
Those interested in coastal conservation and restoration, including natural resource managers, land owners, land trusts, municipalities, policy makers, planners, real estate professionals, attorneys and financial advisors, academia, and federal, state and local officials.

Presented by Stefanie Simpson, Blue Carbon Program Coordinator, Restore America’s Estuaries.
This webinar is supported by NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program, and the National Estuarine Research Reserve Science Collaborative.
For more information on blue carbon, visit http://www.estuaries.org/bluecarbon or email ssimpson@estuaries.org.

Conservation Sciences in the Mediterranean Region

Source: Tour du Valat

Tour du Valat, Research centre for the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands,

with CEFE-CNRS (Montpellier) and IMBE (Aix-Marseille)
organise the 3rd conference for young scientists on

 Conservation Sciences in the Mediterranean Region

Next conference: 22 – 24 March 2016

This conference is held every second year at Tour du Valat

(Research institute based in the heart of the Camargue, within a nature reserve)

Please sign up on the page “news update” to receive information about the next conference !

Unknown Mediterranean hotspots recognised by Ramsar wetlands convention

Source: WWF

An important initiative of Greece leads to the adoption of a resolution for the “Conservation of Mediterranean Basin island wetlands”

Greece brings to the spotlight the urgency to conserve the fragile island wetlands of the Mediterranean, through a resolution that was unanimously adopted on June 8th by the plenary of the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on Wetlands of international significance (Ramsar, Iran, 1971).

The resolution, which was submitted by Greece (Ministry Of Environment, Energy and Climate Change) in 2014, starts with the recognition that “the Mediterranean Basin is a global biodiversity hotspot and hosts one of the largest groups of islands in the world with a rich history and varied cultural values, while it remains one of the leading tourist destinations in the world”. It consequently “calls upon Contracting Parties in and around the Mediterranean to address urgently the significant human-induced pressures threatening island wetlands through effective and decisive legislative or executive measures and other actions which apply a precautionary approach that would prevent the destruction of island wetlands, while developing more long-term and integrated strategies or plans, so as to ensure the conservation of their biodiversity, and the maintenance of their hydrological, cultural and social values”.

This important development is the outcome of a decade of systematic work by WWF Greece, aimed at conserving the fragile wetland hotspots and defending them from the mounting human induced pressures. The immense values of island wetlands include shielding coastal areas from erosion and desertification and protecting island communities from the impacts of climate change. They also form unique landscapes that add to the touristic attractiveness of Mediterranean islands.

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Island wetlands form unique landscapes in the Mediterranean islands. Lesvos, Greece. ©Kaloust Paragamian / WWF Greece

El Centre de Documentació de Medi Ambient recomana el Manual dels hàbitats litorals de Catalunya

El Manual dels hàbitats litorals de Catalunya és un projecte pioner i innovador a la Mediterrània, fruït de la col·laboració entre el CSIC-CEAB de Blanes, l’Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya i el Servei de Planificació de l’Entorn Natural del Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat. El llibre és un volum independent que actualitza la llista dels hàbitats litorals de Catalunya i n’aprofundeix la descripció i caracterització.

Mediterranean region exposed to resource depletion and price volatility

Source: MIO ECSDE

The Mediterranean region currently uses approximately 2.5 times more natural resources and ecological services than its ecosystems can provide. Consequently, the region depends heavily on imports and is vulnerable to volatility in the international price levels of natural resources such as agricultural commodities, minerals and fossil fuels.

These are among the findings of a new article published April 25 in the journal Environmental Science & Policy (Elsevier). The paper was co-authored by three researchers from the international think tank Global Footprint Network (MIO-ECSDE’s Member) and titled “Physical limits to resource access and utilization and their economic implications in Mediterranean economies.” The article is available for free download at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901115000696.

The authors find that a 10% increase in the price of natural resources would result in a worsening of countries’ trade balances equivalent to as much as 2.4% of the GDP, as in the case of Jordan. Italy, France and Greece, moreover, would see their resource import bills increase by approximately US$ 9.2 billion (equivalent to 0.5% of its GDP), US$ 8.4 billion (0.3% of its GDP) and US$ 1 billion (0.4% of its GDP), respectively . Only two countries would see an improvement in their trade balance – Algeria and Libya – due to more revenues from oil exports.

In the last 50 years the Mediterranean region’s population doubled and its per-person consumption levels increased 54 percent since 1961, according to the article. Half of the region’s natural resources are imported, mainly from the USA, China, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Growth in population and consumption levels worldwide has led to more competition for resources at a time when the economies of many Mediterranean countries have suffered from economic downturns. The result, conclude the authors, is that the Mediterranean countries have less financial means to buy resources from outside their borders.

“Overall, it appears that the changing global context of resource availability is making the long-held pattern of resource consumption in the Mediterranean untenable“ the authors conclude.

FIGURE: Sensitivity to natural resource price changes (SPC) for Mediterranean countries.