In November 2020, coastal managers, protected areas experts, researches and other administrations gathered for the online capacity building workshop organised by IUCN-Med, Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre, Natura Jadera and IAS-CNR to highlight the value of natural Mediterranean landscaped beaches with Posidonia oceanica.

Participants learned about detailed and cost-effective methods for monitoring these environments, together with examples of successful monitoring from around the Mediterranean region. 

Presentations were held in English, Spanish and French by regional experts from across the Mediterranean who offered interesting insights into key aspects of monitoring Posidonia meadows, tools for the morphological and ecological monitoring of beach-dune systems, erosion surveys and how to collect climatic information in monitoring.

During the second day of the workshop, participants had the opportunity to take part in interactive working groups organized by country (Spain, Italy and Croatia) and region (Greece/Cyprus) to discuss and share experiences on technical, sectorial and legislative challenges related to monitoring beaches with Posidonia banquettes. Each working group was facilitated by experts from POSBEMED2 project partners and experiences across working groups were shared in a final open session.

Read more about Enalia Physis Environmental Research Center, a POSBEMED2 project partner working on Spyros’ beach, a pilot-site in Cyprus within the project, who shared how they develop a strategic management plan of the beach that takes into account all of its environmental features