Cetacean Conservation Module

Raising awareness to the future stakeholders and decision-makers about issues linked to the marine environment  is the main objective of this project organised thanks to the support of the Italian Ministry of Environment and of the Government of the Principality of Monaco.


Teaching Objectives

Learn to apply the methods and techniques for sampling as well as
mapping techniques to evaluate the abundance of the cetacean populations.

Gaining knowledge on the distribution and behaviour of cetaceans
present in the Mediterranean Sea.

Gaining knowledge on the threats cetaceans are facing and
on the existing conservation measures.

Gaining knowledge on the legal and legislative settings
related to the conservation of cetaceans.


8 ACCOBAMS Experts provided the teaching module for the conservation of cetaceans to more than 300 University students in six ACCOBAMS Parties and both in English & French.

Algeria: Oran University
France: Pascal Paoli University in Corsica
Lebanon:  Saint-Joseph University & University “Saint-Esprit de Kaslik” in Beirut
Malta: Malta University “Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences”
Morocco: Chouaïb Doukkali University of El Jadida & College of Sciences and Techniques of Tangier
Tunisia: El Manar University & National Institute of Agronomy in Tunis



1. Presentation of the teaching module (2h)

2. Species of cetaceans (10h)

Identification of the relevant species for the ACCOBAMS area
Facts about the anatomy and physiology of cetacean
Pathologies of cetaceans

3. Cetacean threats and conservation measures (6h)

Interactions with fishing activities
Impact of the maritime traffic
Impact of noise
Other threats

4. Study techniques (8h)

Observation/Population study
Passive acoustics

5. Legal and legislative settings related to the conservation of cetaceans (4h)

International legislation
Regional legislation
National legislation


The ACCOBAMS Cetacean Conservation Module courses are available upon request by email: accobams@accobams.net