Special Issue "Restore Degraded Marine Coastal Areas in the Mediterranean Sea"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 10073
Interests: aquatic ecology and biology; mapping; monitoring; conservation and restoration of seagrasses
The Mediterranean Basin is considered one of the world most important hot spot for marine biodiversity. In the last century climate change combined with local anthropogenic stressors led to mortalities and dramatic loss of indigenous essential habitat forming species and associated biodiversity. Considering the relatively long time resilience of many of these species, active restoration appeared as one of the key actions to counteract biodiversity losses. In recent years there has been an upsurge in researches aimed at restoring degraded marine environments which has led to a proliferation of strategies and methodologies proposals attempted to enhance the effectiveness of restoration plans. However, the experiences carried out until now showed a very high variability of outcomes, depending on the species, the methodologies employed and the different environmental conditions encountered, making the issue of marine restoration still rather debated and far from the definition of a fully shared and standardized approach. Additional efforts are clear need to fill this gap, as recently recommended by United Nations (UN) General Assembly that declared 2021–2030 the "UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration", and soon after by the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions with “EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030” COM(2020) 380 final.
This special issue aims to collect recent experiences dealing with restoration of the most important habitats of Mediterranean Sea. Review or research papers concerning restoration performance (success and failures), technologies employed, development of mapping and monitoring protocols and advances in biological, ecological and socio-economic knowledge applied to restoration are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Sebastiano Calvo
Prof. Dr. Agostino Tomasello
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- Seabed mapping
- Ecological restoration,
- Restoration planning
- Habitat recovery
- Marine coastal habitats
- Habitat formers