BiodivAMP – Development of tools for monitoring and protection of biodiversity in Marine Protected Areas along the Portuguese coast

Abstract/Aim
The BiodivAMP project will develop tools for the monitoring and protection of biodiversity in Protected Marine Areas (MPAs) along the Portuguese coast, namely: i) develop a manual of good practices for the monitoring, management and governance of MPAs on the Portuguese coast; ii) to implement a pilot project for the “Application of an innovative non-invasive monitoring method in AMP’s: eDNA as a tool in the monitoring of Biodiversity”. The iii) dissemination of the project activities and results is a transversal objective to the two main objectives, assuming a relevance to inform the general public about the importance of MPAs and to provide stakeholders with tools to manage MPAs more effectively and sustainably.

Keywords
Protected Marine Areas; Monitoring; Protection; Management; Molecular tools

Partners
Instituto Universitário – ISPA (Coord.); Associação Natureza Portugal -ANP in association with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF); Center of the Marine Sciences of the University of Algarve – CCMAR; Esposende City Hall; Laboratory of Marine Sciences of the University of Évora – CIEMAR-UEVORA; Naturalist, Science and Tourism; Funchal City Hall / Funchal Municipal Museum

Coordinator
MARE-Polytechnic of Leiria: Paulo Maranhão – pmaranhao@ipleiria.pt

Funding
xxx € (MARE-Polytechnic of Leiria) | entidade financiadora // Duration 2018-2020 (24 months)