International conference on

Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas

Integrated Management as a Response to Ecosystem Threats


MMMPA project final conference

in connection with CIESM Committee VI (Coastal Ecosystems and Marine Policy)

Ancona, Italy

15 - 17 October, 2015

The final conference of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Initial Training Network Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MMMPA) will be jointly organised in collaboration with the CIESM Committee IV (Coastal Ecosystems and Marine Policy).
This is a unique opportunity to create synergies between young and established researchers as well as with stakeholders, opening a discussion about the actual needs of MPAs' managers and decision makers while proposing innovative approaches at local, national and regional level (e.g. Marine Peace Parks) to meet such needs.
The conference will highlight the promises and showcase the outcomes of high-profile international research initiatives, promoting the uptake of results and paving the way for future collaborations.



Conference Program



Thursday, October 15, 2015





08:30 – 09:00

Participants registration


09:00 – 09:15

Welcoming by MMMPA Coordinator

Carlo Cerrano

09:15 – 09:30

Welcoming by CIESM C6 Chair

Yves Henocque

09:30 – 10:15

Opening lecture: Progressive-Change BACIPS: a flexible approach for environmental impact assessment  

Joachim Claudet

10:15 – 10:45

Coffee break




A. Nicolaidou

L. Mangialajo

       Habitat fragmentation

       Habitat mapping

       Ecological functioning

       Biodiversity studies

10:45 – 11:30

Topic presentation: Conservation and revitalisation of marine ecosystems in human-dominated seascapes  

Laura Airoldi

11:30 – 11:45

Conservation and restoration of Mediterranean marine forests: the role of herbivorous fish

Fabrizio Gianni

11:45 – 12:00

The application of Habitat Mapping and Distribution Modelling techniques for the detection and management of coralligenous environments in Marine Protected Areas

Paula A. Zapata Ramirez

12:00 – 12:15

Habitat complexity by means of fractal dimension: A body length and community structure modulator for benthic macroinvertebrate communities in a lagoonal ecosystem

David Cabana Permuy

12:15 – 12:30

Metabolic processes in lagoon sediments and benthic communities

Elizabeth Arévalo Carrillo

12:30 – 12:45

open discussion

12:45 – 14:00

Light Lunch





M. Ponti

S. Reizopoulou

       Human and natural impacts

       Citizen science

       Biological indicators

       Environmental education

14:00 – 14:45

Topic presentation: Monitoring emerging changes in Mediterranean fish biodiversity: new opportunities arise from Local Ecological Knowledge

Ernesto Azzurro

14:45 – 15:00

Assessing consequences of land cover changes on sediment deliveries to coastal waters at regional level over the last two decades in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea

Daniel Mateos-Molina

15:00 – 15:15

Ghost crabs as a monitoring tool for sandy beaches of the Mediterranean: Is it just a 'ghost story'?

Serena Lucrezi

15:15 – 15:30

Visual surveys for monitoring megabenthic communities in a Marine Protected Area of Greece

Eleni Kytinou

15:30 – 15:45

The Diver Safety Guardian: a further supporting tool for MPA diving activity and safety

Alessandro Marroni

15:45 – 16:00

Citizen science as a tool for the environmental quality assessment of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas

Eva Turicchia

16:00 – 16:15

open discussion


16:15 – 16:45

Coffee break




J.A. García-Charton

       Reduced demography

       Genetic connectivity

       Conservation of marine biodiversity

       Variations in the trophic nets


16:45 – 17:30

Topic presentation: Multiple approaches for assessing larval connectivity in the south lagoon of New Caledonia  

Cristophe Lett

17:30 – 17:45

Propagule dispersal and larval patch cohesiveness in a Mediterranean coastal fish

Antonio Calň

17:45 – 18:00

Sound production as an indicator of Epinephelus marginatus and Mycteroperca rubra spawning aggregations in a Mediterranean MPA

Daniel Mateos-Molina

18:00 – 18:15

open discussion

18:30 – 19:30

MMMPA management meeting (restricted to MMMPA partners)




Friday, October 16, 2015








M. Abbiati

      Reduced demography

      Genetic connectivity

      Conservation of marine biodiversity

      Variations in the trophic nets


09.00 – 09:45

Topic presentation: Genetic diversity, population structure and connectivity in a marine ecosystem under multiple threats - the Baltic Sea

Kerstin Johannesson

09:45 – 10:00

Population connectivity within and among Mediterranean MPAs: a case study using two closely related intertidal species

Patricia Marti Puig

10:00 – 10:15

Genetic structuring across marine biogeographic boundaries in rocky shore invertebrates

Adriana Villamor

10:15 – 10:30

Risk assessment of fishing footprint on coralligenous habitats

Vasiliki Markantonatou

10:30 – 10:45

Food-web modelling: A possible ecosystem management tool for Mediterranean MPAs?

Giulia Prato

10:45 – 11:00

open discussion


11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break




M. Semitiel-García

P. Noguera-Méndez

      Purpose and need for MPA

      ICZM, Planning of MPAs

      Fishery management

      Governance as a prerequisite

      Participative approach

      Stakeholders’ perceptions and trajectories

      Alliances and Marine Peace Parks

11:30 – 12:15

Topic presentation: The governance of marine protected areas: step zero and beyond

José J. Pascual-Fernández

12:15 – 12:30

Constraints, barriers and opportunities to increased participation of cofradías and fishers in a hierarchical governance structure: the case of Cabo de Palos, Spain

Katie E. Hogg

12:30 – 12:45

Perceptions of Marine Protected Area winners and Losers: A comparative regulatory burden approach

Sarah E. Young

12:45 – 13:00

Pantelleria Island: a testing ground for a participatory approach aimed at fostering the creation of an MPA proposed and developed by local inhabitants

Giampaolo Rampini

13:00 – 13:15

Regional alliances and engagement of local governments and communities

Yves Henocque

13:15 – 13:30

open discussion

13:30 – 14:45

Light Lunch




Y. Henocque

Networks and committees

14:45 – 15:00


Yves Henocque

15:00 – 15:15

Making MPAs work in the Mediterranean Sea

Giuseppe Di Carlo

15:15 – 15:45

AdriaPAN: Adriatic Protected Areas Network

Fabio Vallarola

15:45 – 16:00

EMODnet Mediterranean Checkpoint: An approach for the assessment of observational data systems and targeted applications   Sofia Reizopoulou  

16:00 – 16:15

Spanish network of marine reserve: 30 years enhancing fisheries and protecting habitats  

Silvia Revenga Martínez de Pazos  

16:15 – 16:45

Coffee break

16:45 – 17:45

Roundtable on networking and cooperation

17:45 – 19:30

Poster session including the proposed MMMPA Guidelines

18.30 – 19.30

MMMPA management meeting (restricted to MMMPA partners)


Social dinner



  DAY 3

Saturday, October 17, 2015








F. Vallarola

Projects presentations


Ongoing, in closing and just ended projects

09:00 – 09:10

MMMPA: social network and collaboration

Vasiliki Markantonatou

09:10 – 09:20

MERCES: Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas

Roberto Danovaro

09:20 – 09:30

ADRIPLAN: ADRiatic Ionian maritime spatial PLANning

Simonetta Fraschetti

09:30 – 09:40

Green Bubbles RISE for sustainable diving

Carlo Cerrano

09:40 – 09:50

PANforAMaR- Protected Areas Network for Adriatic Macro Region

Fabio Vallarola

09:50 – 10:00

MedTrends Project: Blue growth trends in the Adriatic Sea - the challenge of environmental protection

Mauro Randone

10:00 – 10:10

NETCET project: Network for the Conservation of Cetaceans and Sea Turtles in the Adriatic

Sauro Pari

10:10 – 10:20   AdriaPAN: New collaborative tools for network strengthening Saul Ciriaco/Carlo Franzosini

10:20 – 10:50

Coffee break


Starting projects and new proposal

10:50 – 11:00

European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas: the experience of "Torre del Cerrano" MPA

Graziano Aretusi

11:00 – 11:10  

ADRIAptation project: actions for climate change adaptation in Adriatic marine and coastal protected areas

Stefano Chelli

11:10 – 11:20  

WAQUA: Autonomous WAter QUality Assessment for Marine Protected Areas

Domenico Cimini

11:20 – 11:30

AMER: Adriatic Marine Ecosystem Recovery project

Azzurra Bastari

11:30 – 11:40

AdriaSandBanks: Model plan for conservation and restoration of some sandbanks along the middle Adriatic coast

Pietro Giorgio Tiscar

11:40 – 11:50

Conserving endangered twaite shad (Alosa fallax, Lacepčde 1803) populations through river restoration: project AFRAID (Alosa Fallax River Adriatic In Danger) a EU LIFE project proposal

Adele Iacovella

12:00 – 13:00

Roundtable on networking and cooperation

13:00 – 14:30

Light Lunch



Scientific Board

Carlo Cerrano (Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy, MMMPA coordinator)

José Antonio García Charton (University of Murcia, Spain)

Joachim Claudet (National Center for Scientific Research, France)

Paolo Guidetti (University of Nice, France)

Yves Henocque (CIESM, Monaco)

Luisa Mangialajo (Université de Nice, Sophia Antipolis, France, MMMPA WP coordinator) 

Paula Moschella (CIESM, Monaco)

Artemis Nicolaidou (University of Athens, Greece)

Massimo Ponti (University of Bologna, Italy, MMMPA WP coordinator)

Antonio Pusceddu (Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy)

Sofia Reizopoulou (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece, MMMPA WP coordinator)

Organization Board


David Cabana Permuy (MMMPA researcher)

Elizabeth Arévalo Carrillo (MMMPA researcher)

Antonio Calň (MMMPA researcher)

Carlo Cerrano (UNIVPM, MMMPA coordinator)

Fabrizio Gianni (MMMPA researcher)

Katie Elizabeth Hogg (MMMPA researcher)

Daniel Mateos Molina (MMMPA researcher)

Vasiliki Markantonatou (MMMPA researcher)

Patricia Marti Puig (MMMPA researcher)

Martina Milanese (GAIA, MMMPA partner)

Giulia Prato (MMMPA researcher)

Silvia Tazioli (UNIVPM, MMMPA secretariat)

Fabio Vallarola (ADRIAPAN)

Paula Andrea Zapata Ramirez (MMMPA researcher)

Invited Speakers

Joachim Claudet (National Center for Scientific Research, CNRS, France)

Kerstin Johannesson (University of Gothenburg, Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences, Sweden)

Laura Airoldi (University of Bologna, Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Italy)

Cristophe Lett (UMMISCO research unit, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France)

Ernesto Azzurro (Institute for Environmental Protection and Research ISPRA, Livorno, Italy) 

José J. Pascual-Fernández (Universidad de La Laguna, La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain)



Hotel NH Ancona

Registration and fees


Abstract template (for both oral and poster presentation)

Note: In case of multiple presentations, fill out a form for each of them


Registration form (for both speakers and other attendees)

Note: In case of multiple presentations, fill out a form for each of them, the payment of the contribution to organization expenses is due only for the participant persons and only once.



Instructions for presentation:


  • Slides in power point or PDF format 4/3 max resolution 1280 x 1024 pixels (for audio and movies please contact the secretariat in advance)

  • Posters in portrait format up to 70 x 100 cm


Individual contribution to organization expenses for all the participants (speakers and other attendees)


€ 300.00


Student registration:

Students can register at the reduced rate of € 150.00


Students full-time enrolled in a college or university can register as a student or within within one year of Bc/MSc degree. Proof of status from the Registrar's office verifying full-time status or the dated degree certificate is required to process your application. Postdoctoral candidates, PhD candidates and others that cannot meet these requirements are NOT eligible for the discounted student rates. 


If you register as a student, please send proof of your student status to the conference office, email:


Contribution includes:

  • Admission to all scientific sessions

  • Participation to round tables

  • Access to poster area

  • Conference bag

  • Coffee breaks & light lunches

Please report any feeding issue to secretariat (


Babysitting service available on request, not included in the fee (


Speakers should provide their contribution fee not later than September, 14th.


Payment by bank transfer to:

Reef Check Italia onlus

IBAN: IT24F0605513319000000010004


Please indicate in the causal "Contribution to MMMPA conference expenses"


or by credit card (payment by credit card is subjected to a transaction charge by 3.4%):

Choose registration mode
Participant name & surname

Important dates

Communication (oral/poster) registration deadline: Augusth, 30th Extended to September, 15th

Acceptance communication: September, 7th postponed to September, 21st

Speakers payment deadline: September, 21th

Cancellation deadline: September, 21th

Last minute attending registration: until space available

Travel and accommodation


Agreed room prices:

  • Single room € 55.00 per night

  • Double room for single use € 70.00 per night

  • Double room € 80.00 per night

NOTE: To obtain the discounted prices, booking must be made through the MMMPA secretariat contacting Silvia Tazioli: Phone: +39 071 220 4651 email:


How to arrive at NH Ancona

Contact information

Silvia Tazioli

Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell'Ambiente (DiSVA) - Universitŕ Politecnica delle Marche

via Brecce Bianche, Monte Dago 60131 Ancona (Italy)


Phone: +39 071 220 4651 email:



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MMMPA - Training Network for Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement no.: 290056.

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