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LONG TERM MONITORING OF ECOLOGICAL PROCESSES OF PROTECTED SMALL ISLANDS

WORKSHOP

8-12 November 1999

Lavezzi Island, Corsica

GOALS

GOAL

Develop a protocol for interdisciplinary monitoring of marine and terrestrial environments of islets as nature sanctuaries and integral reserves for applications to research, management, and education.

OBJECTIVES

(1) Identify methods to study the interrelations between marine, intertidal, and terrestrial systems for development of functional models of micro-insular ecosystems.

(2) Identify study participants and protocols for data collection.

(3) Identify the methods for data analyses.

(4) Select sites for pilot studies.

This workshop will lead to the identification of a network of small islands in reserves that will be pilot sites for understanding ecological processes, for long term ecological monitoring, and for testing methodologies. The organizing committee will present a first draft to be discussed and acted upon during the workshop to facilitate a completed plan for protocol and network formation.

Marine islets are characterized by the juxtaposition of three components : marine, tidal, and terrestrial systems. It is necessary to understand the many interactions that occur between these three components to develop a global approach for protection of these complex systems. A major task of nature reserves is long term monitoring of environments for assessing changes and impacts. During the workshop we will highlight the unique ecological aspects of marine islets stressing common ecological processes to be monitored on a set of different islets. A network will be formed around three major themes: (1) use a global approach about ecological interactions and functions of marine islets; (2) use of indicator features that are representative of changes or trends which can be monitored for the long term; and (3) establish guidelines for management that will maintain the integrity of the ecological process of the islets.

Specifically, the workshop participants will produce a final proposal identifying study sites among the network islands, specific methods of study, sample sizes, and personnel requirements necessary to achieve the network goal. The proposal will be used by the network participants to obtain funding for their respective units of the network. The workshop will be conducted in English and French.

ORGANIZATION

1999 : Workshop I, France

2000-2002 : Comparative study on islet network

2003 : Workshop II, Conclusions and validation of monitoring methods and publication of results

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Reserves Naturelles de France, Commission Scientifique, Groupe îlots marins et milieu sous-marin

US Geological Survey - Western Ecological Research Center

MAB France

US MAB

Ministère de l'Aménagement du territoire et de l'Environnement

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

BIORET, F.; CULIOLI. J.-M.; GOURMELON, F.; HOWELL, J.; PASCAL, M.; SIORAT F.

SCHEDULE

Monday November 8th

Morning, arrival in Figari Airport and transportation to Lavezzi Island

Afternoon, Session 1 : workshop introduction, presentations by participants (10 minutes, 10 slides each)

Tuesday November 9th

Morning, Session 2 : continuation of presentations by participants

Afternoon, Session 3 : divide into 3 interdisciplinary working groups

Session 4 :plenary session, prepare first draft

Wednesday November 10th

Morning, Session 5 : thematic working groups, review draft 1

Afternoon, Session 6 : plenary session, prepare second draft

Evening : ethnic party

Thursday November 11th

Morning, Session 7: conclusions, prepare final proposal

Afternoon: diving tour -weather dependent?, or possible departure

Friday November 12th

Morning : departure to Figari Airport

Each participant will have to structure his contribution as much as possible in relevance to the goals and specific aims of the workshop, and to stress the questions and the main problems that

the manager has to face and the needs in terms of LT monitoring, as well as suggestions. An overall review of all the contributions would provide the possibility of identify common needs and topics for LTM on protected small islands. Once common topics would have been identified, discussion groups could be formed and work as separate sessions that would report later in plenary session. Each working group dedicated to a specific topic or a set of topics, would have to define :

- needs of the managers

- monitoring methods and tools

PARTICIPANTS

Name

Region

Specialty

Representative

ANSELME, M.

Atlantic

Guadeloupe

Ecology

National Park

BIORET, F.

Atlantic

France

Botany

Univ. of Brest

BRIGAND, L.

Atlantic

France

Geography

Univ. of Brest

CAMOIN, A.

Med.

Corsica

Marine

Env. Manager

CULIOLI, J.-M.

Med.

Corsica

Fisheries Ecology

Manager

DAVIS, G.

Pacific

US

Marine Ecology

NPS

DE VAUGELAS, J.

Med.

Corsica

Marine Env.

Univ. of Nice

FABREGAT, C.

Med.

Columbretes

Ecology

Manager

GAZALE, V.

Med.

Sardinia

Marine

Env.Univ. of Sassari

GOURMELON, F.

Atlantic

France

GIS

Univ. of Brest

HOTHEM, R.

Pacific

US

Ornithology

USGS-WERC

HOWELL, J.

Pacific

US

Wildlife Ecology

USGS-WERC*
(*now with USGS-PWRC)

JEAN, F.

Atlantic

France

Marine Ecology

Univ. of Brest

MAYOL, J.

Med.

Balears

Ecology

Govt. Balears

PASCAL, M

Atlantic/Med.

France

Mammalogy

INRA

PUURMAN, E.

Baltic

Estonia

Geography

BR coordinator

RITA, J.

Med.

Balears

Botany

Univ. Balears

RUOCCO, G.

Med., Capri

Italy

Ornithology

Reserve Dvlpt.

SAUNDERS, D.

Atlantic

Wales

Ornithology

Manager

SIORAT, F.

Atlantic

France

Ornithology

Manager

S-IRVING, M.

Pacific

USGIS

Botany

USGS-WERC

UEBER, E.

Pacific

US

Marine

Env. Manager

OHMAN, M.

Baltic

Finland

Geography

BR coordinator

23 participants from 7 countries :

Estonia : 1

Finland : 1

France : 10

Italy :1

Spain : 3

UK : 1

USA : 6

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