Biennial Conferences


Fourth Biennial Conference on Cetacean Conservation in South Mediterranean Countries
(CSMC4)

Oran (Algeria), 11 – 13 November 2017

 

Conference Objectives

The aim of the Biennial Conference is to assess the knowledge acquired on cetaceans in the South of the Mediterranean, identify potential gaps and stimulate the development of conservation actions in order to promote the implementation of the ACCOBAMS Agreement. Through its regular organisation, this Conference will allow cetacean specialists, active in the South of the Mediterranean, to exchange their experience and their data and to discuss the best approaches and priority actions for a better knowledge on cetacean populations in this region where data still remain sporadic and scarce. This Conference also aims at involving the student community and at rising awareness of future managers and stakeholders concerning marine issues.

The organisation of this Conference, under the auspice of ACCOBAMS, comes from a need expressed by the Scientific Community of South Mediterranean Countries.

Venue and Date

This is the First announcement for the Fourth Biennial Conference (CSMC4) that will take place in Oran (Algeria), from 11th to 13th November 2017.

Programme of the Fourth Biennial Conference

The Fourth Biennial Conference will address the main following topics:

  • 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.

Anyone interested can propose an oral presentation or a poster.

The Conference will include plenary sessions, roundtables and poster sessions.

A training workshop on Marine Mammal Observers (MMO)/ Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operators will be organised on the last Conference day.

The detailed program of the Fourth Biennial Conference will be prepared after reception of registration forms and approval by the organisers of the proposed oral presentations and posters.

Participants

Participation to the Conference is open to all scientists and to every stakeholder involved in cetacean conservation in South Mediterranean Countries. Organisers encourage the participation of students working on subjects with relevance to the conservation of cetaceans in the South Mediterranean Countries and in particular on the main topics of the Fourth Biennial Conference.

Limited funds are available to provide grants towards participation to the Conference. Participants from the following countries may apply according to the instructions given in the attached registration form: Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia.

How to contribute to the Conference

Participants may contribute to the Conference with oral communications or poster presentations. They are kindly requested to send an abstract of each oral communication or poster presentation to the ACCOBAMS Permanent Secretariat no later than 1st September 2017. The abstracts for oral communications and posters should be prepared in accordance with the “instructions for authors” presented hereinafter.

CSMC4 – Detailed information

CSMC4 – Registration Form

 

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Conferences for the conservation of cetaceans in the in the South Mediterranean Countries (CSMC) are organised in order to regularly assess the knowledge acquired on cetaceans in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean areas, identify potential gaps, exchange scientific information and stimulate the development of conservation actions and data collection in order to promote the implementation of the ACCOBAMS Agreement.

 These conferences provide an opportunity for scientists and other cetacean specialists, active in these   Mediterranean regions, to exchange their experience and data and to discuss the best approaches and priority actions for a better knowledge on cetacean populations in this region where information about cetaceans still remains sporadic and scarce.

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

 Topics

CSMC1

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

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

Morocco, 2011
  • Interactions between cetaceans and human activities
  • Monitoring of populations
  • Pollution and other nuisances

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

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