Funding Agency: Fundación Biodiversidad
Period: March 2024- February 2027 (36months)
Lead Partner: Sylvaine Giakoumi (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, SZN)
Research Team: 8 different institutions from Greek, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Israel and Croatia: University of the Aegean, Institut de Ciències del Mar -CSIC, Università di Pisa, Delft University of Technology, University of Vigo, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, and Ruđer Bošković Institute

Mediterranean marine biodiversity is concentrated around rocky reefs. At the same time, a variety of human activities and climate change have a significant impact on these ecosystems. The functioning of ecosystems has been impacted by these changes in biodiversity, jeopardizing conservation efforts.

In order to evaluate the efficiency of management methods to maintain the structure, function, and provision of ecosystem services, as well as to analyse how ecosystems respond to disturbances (including global changes), long-term data are crucial which give also baselines for monitoring change.

The CAMBioMed project will develop an adaptive monitoring framework together with stakeholders, proposing a novel set of tools for the efficient monitoring of Mediterranean rocky ecosystems and enabling decision-makers to answer critical questions about the conservation of these ecosystems.

CAMBioMed stands for “Coordinated and adaptive monitoring of biodiversity change across Mediterranean rocky ecosystems”, and is a network project funded by the Biodiversa+ within Generation and Knowledge Management research line and coordinated by Dr. Sylvaine Giakoumi at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, in Italy. The Future Oceans Lab will

Photo by Emma Cebrian

contribute with our experience in climate change adaptation in socio-ecological systems , and will be participating namely in WP4 on Monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem changes with participatory approach, leading the stakeholder mapping and the assessment of the perceptions of stakeholder and their involvement in citizen science activities.

The overall objective of the CAMBioMed project is to improve our understanding of the response of Mediterranean ecosystems to multiple pressures and consequently improve management effectiveness.

To contribute towards this goal, CAMBioMed aims to:

  1. Improve and harmonise monitoring methods and indicators capitalizing on the partners’ long experience in national monitoring programmes and the use of innovative tools for monitoring rocky reefs throughout the Mediterranean Sea.
  2. Improve knowledge on the response of Mediterranean marine ecosystems to global and local stressors by conducting extensive fieldwork and integrating an unprecedented volume of historical and new data.
  3. Provide a roadmap and practical guidelines for adaptive monitoring, incorporating societal perceptions and values to contribute to the effective conservation of rocky reef ecosystems in the Mediterranean Sea, in order to support and meet the 2030 Biodiversity Strategy targets and ensure human well-being.

You can find more information on CAMBioMed webpage.