CoCoNET Press Release 2


Scientists work hard for Mediterranean and Black Sea


The CoCoNET Project (Towards COast to COast NETworks of marine protected areas coupled with sea-based wind energy potential) which aims to increase the number of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in Mediterranean and Black Sea is proceeding with workshops that aim to identify the physical and biological connections between the two seas. For more information about the project you may visit the web site:

Genetic connectivity in Mediterranean and Black Sea

Workshop on synthesis on knowledge on genetic connectivity in Mediterranean and Black Sea is going to be held in Barcelona at the 11th and 13th of June.

Genetic connectivity has been studied in different species along the area, with different markers and at various geographical scales. However, the information gained through those studies has not been integrated and related to the features of connectivity identified by modeling efforts as essential to resilience.

The workshop will analyse genetic connectivity in Mediterranean and Black seas and also will focus on the link between life history interacting with dispersal, oceanography and modeling. The definition of propagules and dispersal, the construction of a genetic database for further modelling and integration with habitat mapping and environmental change and the definition of the work plan regarding genetic analysis both local and regional scales in the Mediterranean and Black seas are the main objectives of the workshop.

The main outcome of this workshop is expected to be the development of the most appropriate framework for genetic data storage for mapping and analysis of connectivity between the two seas.


Habitat Classification Schemes in Deep and Shallow Water Areas

The other workshop will be focusing on the habitat classification schemes in deep and shallow water areas. It will be held in Lecce at the 15th and 16th of May.

The core of this workshop is to integrate and combine the already existent information about habitat distribution and extent with a detailed assessment of pattern of distribution of human pressures.

Key concepts and considerations in designing marine habitat classifications have been developed by many authors who focused on the definition of habitat, the measurable features used to describe it, the scale and the hierarchical framework to be used. However, conclusive results and shared classifications have not been identified yet. These limitations impede interpretation and integration of maps both for science and management, particularly at regional (international) scales.

The aim of the workshop will be to compare and revise the recent efforts about the definition of habitat, the habitat inventories and the classification schemes available for the Mediterranean Sea and for extra Mediterranean area, the link between geomorphology and biology and the use of surrogates in seascape mapping, the scales used to analyse habitat distribution and extent and legend labels and symbols to represent habitats.


GIS Techinal Meeting in Lecce

CoCoNET project also gathers a meeting in Lecce by the 17th of May to set up design rules for data sharing and geodatabase architecture which called GIS meeting.

This meeting will be a preparatory action by reviewing the existing European protocols and standards for data and metadata sharing and definition of data flow rules between partners.

The aim of the GIS Technical meeting is to create a GIS group to support COCONET community for the production and submission of GIS data during the lifespan of the project.

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