Conferences on Cetacean Conservation in South Mediterranean Countries


Fifth Conference on Cetacean Conservation in South Mediterranean Countries

(CSMC5)

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Online, 13 – 15 April 2021

Online regstration Accobams

 

 OBJECTIVES

The aim of the Conference is to assess the knowledge acquired on cetaceans in the South Mediterranean Sea, to identify potential gaps and to encourage the development of conservation actions in order to promote the implementation of ACCOBAMS decisions and recommendations. The Conference welcomes experts in cetacean-related science and knowledge, particularly from the South Mediterranean region, aiming at exchanging experiences and information and at discussing best approaches and priority actions towards a better knowledge on cetacean populations in the region. The Conference also aims at engaging students and academic community while raising awareness of future managers and stakeholders on these issues.

PROGRAMME

The Programme of the 5th Conference will address the following main topics:

  • interactions between cetaceans and human activities, including fisheries and anthropogenic noise;
  • cetaceans’ stranding;
  • monitoring of cetacean populations
  • habitats protection

A training workshop on the use of Netccobams Digital Platform for cetacean conservation will be held on the last Conference day.

AGENDA

A detailed agenda will be circulated mid-March after the reception of abstracts on proposed articles and/or posters.

ORGANISERS

The online Conference on Cetacean Conservation in South Mediterranean Countries follows an initiative launched by the ACCOBAMS Secretariat and has always been supported by the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (SPA/RAC-MAP/UNEP) and by the Government of Monaco Principality. As agreed during the last edition 2017, the Fifth Conference will be hosted online by Lebanon.

PARTICIPANTS

Participation is open to scientists, experts and stakeholders involved in cetacean conservation related subjects.

However, if technical limitations so oblige, priority will be given to participants (1) presenting posters or articles under the Conference topics and in relation to the southern Mediterranean region or (2) working on cetacean conservation in the South Mediterranean Region or (3) collaborating with southern Mediterranean organisations and/or experts.

AWARDS

Participation of students (PhDs, Master and other) is strongly encouraged, and awards will be given to the best 3 posters presented to the Conference by students and PostDoc fellows.

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONFERENCE

Any interested participant may propose an abstract in relation to a poster or an article no later than 15th March 2021. Upon selection, participants will be invited to do a presentation during the Conference: a short talk (of 5min) for a poster or a long talk (of 15min) for an article.

Abstracts for articles and/or posters are to be written in the dedicated box in the online registration form.

 

After the Conference, and no later than 31st May 2021, the authors of selected article abstracts will provide complete scientific articles to be published under CSMC5 Publication.
The delivery of participation certificates to participants are conditioned to the timely reception of the complete scientific articles, no later 31st May 2021.

WORKING LANGUAGES

The working languages of the Conference are English and French. Simultaneous translation will be available during online sessions.

PUBLICATIONS

Two documents will be published:

–        A Report of the Conference: with conclusions and recommendations issued by the sessions.
–        The CSMC5 Publication: with complete posters and articles presented during the Conference.

 

 

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Four CSMCs were already organized with the support of the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (SPA/RAC-MAP/UNEP) and the Government of Monaco Principality.

 TopicsReports

CSMC1

Tabarka, Tunisia 2009
  • Status, distribution and conservation of cetaceans
  • Interactions between cetaceans and human activities
  • Cetaceans’ strandings
PDF download Accobams

CSMC2
in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture
& Maritime Fisheries of Morocco

El Jadida, Morocco 2011
  • Interactions between cetaceans and human activities
  • Monitoring of populations
  • Pollution and other nuisances
PDF download Accobams

CSMC3
in collaboration with the National Centre for Marine Sciences  (CNRS)
& the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation

Jounieh, Lebanon 2014
  • Interactions between cetaceans and human activities
  • Monitoring of populations and stranding
  • Critical habitats for cetaceans
  • Conservation plans for cetacean species
  • Networking and exchange of information
  • Photo-identification of cetacean species
PDF download Accobams

CSMC4

in collaboration the Algerian Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, the National Research Center for the Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Oran, Algeria
2017
  • interactions between cetaceans and human activities (fisheries, anthropogenic noise, whale watching, …)
  • monitoring of populations and strandings
  • critical habitats for cetaceans
  • conservation plans for cetacean species
  • exchange of information
  • photo-identification of cetacean species
PDF download Accobams