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The monitoring program of the Natural Parks of Catalonia (NW Mediterranean Sea)

AuthorsHereu, Bernat; Linares, Cristina ; Garrabou, Joaquim ; Díaz, David ; Aspillaga, Eneko ; Capdevila, P.; Medrano, Alba; Montero-Serra, Ignasi ; Pagès-Escolà, Marta; Rovira, Graciel·la; García-Rubies, Antoni ; Zabala, Mikel
Issue Date4-Feb-2019
PublisherAsociación Española de Ecología Terrestre
Citation1st Meeting of the Iberian Ecological Society (SIBECOL) & XIV AEET Meeting : Abstract book: 130 (2019)
AbstractThe monitoring program of the Catalan Natural Parks started in 1990 in Medes Islands, and in 2006 in the Cap de Creus Natural Park, with the objective of evaluating the conservation status of benthic ecosystems in these areas in relation to the human activities and environmental factors, and to serve as a tool to inform the management and conservation actions. This monitoring is based on several ecological and economically relevant species and habitats, which show a high diversity of responses to different stressors due to their different biological attributes such as life strategies, population dynamics, life cycles and behaviors. This monitoring give a long-term perspective of the natural dynamics of species and habitats, and has provided unexpected results hardly observable in punctual studies. In addition, parallel research and experimental studies gave us a more precise comprehension about the key processes for populations functioning and their response to perturbations which, indeed, allow us to better understand their long-term dynamics. Long-term monitoring programs combined with experimental studies, including species with different life history traits, give us a more complete comprehension about the strength of processes on species and populations, the factors and stressors that shape marine benthic communities at different scales, and their responses to different stressors. This information allows us to design efficient tools for the management of these areas, such as the regulation of human uses and the design of restoration actions. This combination is especially useful for conservation when integrates different management regimes such as MPAs and non-protected areas
Description1st Meeting of the Iberian Ecological Society (SIBECOL) & XIV Asociación Española de Ecología Terrestre (AEET) Meeting, Ecology: an integrative science in the Anthropocene, 4-7 February 2019, Barcelona, Spain.-- 1 page
Publisher version (URL)http://www.congresosociedadibericaecologia2019.net/ABSTRACT_BOOK_518_p.htm
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