LONG TERM MONITORING OF ECOLOGICAL PROCESSES OF PROTECTED SMALL ISLANDS
8-12 November 1999
Lavezzi Island, Corsica
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.
(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.
1999 : Workshop I, France
2000-2002 : Comparative study on islet network
2003 : Workshop II, Conclusions and validation of monitoring methods and publication of results
Reserves Naturelles de France, Commission Scientifique, Groupe îlots marins et milieu sous-marin
US Geological Survey - Western Ecological Research Center
Ministère de l'Aménagement du territoire et de l'Environnement
BIORET, F.; CULIOLI. J.-M.; GOURMELON, F.; HOWELL, J.; PASCAL, M.; SIORAT F.
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
23 participants from 7 countries :
Estonia : 1
Finland : 1
France : 10
Spain : 3
UK : 1
USA : 6