The operation MARSW will develop an information and monitoring system of the marine biodiversity in the classified area of the Southwest Alentejano and Vicentina Coast to monitor the state of conservation of species and habitats occurring there.
MARSW | POSEUR-03-2215-FC-000046
Protect the environment and promote resources’ efficiency
Protected Marine Area of the Southwest Alentejano and Vicentina Coast
League for the Protection of Nature
Approval date 23-12-2016
Start date 24-03-2017
End date 31-01-2020
Total eligible cost: 1,051,891.92 EUROS
Financial support of the European Union: 894,108.13 EUROS
The MARSW Project will develop a marine biodiversity information and monitoring system in the marine area of the Southwest Alentejano and Vicentina Coast Natural Park, also classified under Nature 2000 as Site of Community Importance of the Southwest Coast to monitor the state of conservation of the species and habitats occurring there. The result will be a geoportal (SIMARSW) and monitoring models that will provide a strong information base for the adequate management and conservation of this classified area in the long term.
The project has the following specific goals:
MARSW Project will develop an information and monitoring system to respond to the periodic assessment needs of the management and planning goals of the classified marine area of the Southwest Alentejano and Vicentina Coast (Southwest Alentejano and Vicentina Coast Natural Park and Site of Community Importance of the Southwest Coast) and to the knowledge needs regarding biodiversity and habitats’ distribution defined in the Habitats Directive, as well as the periodic assessment of its state of conservation.
The knowledge of the species and habitats state of conservation and of the effectiveness of the management plans is central to support the decision and management process, namely in the assessment and adaptation of management measures, periodic revision of management plans, knowledge and definition of representative places of habitats and species to be protected, and proposals to extend the boundaries of classified areas, as well as to inform its users and be able to involve them in its management.
To that extent, in the first stage, it is intended to collect and synthesize scientific information to respond to the measures described above. After the identification of the available information and of the existing gaps, and after the mapping of habitats and marine biodiversity, a monitoring system will be developed and tested aiming to gather the necessary needs already listed.
Subsequently, all the collected information will be made available in an information system interoperable with other systems and with the National Marine Information System (SNIMAR, http://www.snimar.pt/index.php?lang=EN).
In parallel, efforts will be made to harmonize the methodological approaches that will be applied in the SAVCNP with the process(es) associated with two other marine areas, namely the classified areas of the North Coast and Arrábida.
The project will have the following actions:
Action 1. Marine information system and mapping of priority habitats and marine biodiversity
Action 2. Monitoring model of marine species and habitats
Action 3. Marine resources management
Action 4. Communication and information about marine biodiversity
Action 5. Methodological harmonization of the information and monitoring systems
Evora University, MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, and Algarve Centre of Marine Sciences of the Algarve University - CCMAR
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