First International Workshop on Global Trends in Marine Biodiversity in Africa and Mediterranean ecosystemsInternal


Activity Overview

Type: Workshop
Start Date: December 7, 2015
End Date: December 9, 2015
Venue: Cape Town (South Africa)
Contact: Marta Coll
E-mail: marta.coll [at]
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2014 Call for Proposals
Decision Body: EuroMarine Steering Committee
Total Budget: €19,750
Funds Granted: €9,000

Manager(s): Marta Coll Monton, Philippe Cury
Co-organiser(s): Lynne Shannon

This workshop seeks to bring together a multidisciplinary group of experts to work with data from areas in African and Mediterannean countries which are classified as data-poor areas. The workshop aim is to make the data visible through training and a synthesis of the results.

This event will cover how to describe marine biodiversity trends and indicators, identify available datasets, manipulate the datasets to make them comparable and inform on available statistical analyses. The intention is to start an analysis of marine biodiversity trends that have occurred in African and Mediterannean countries during the last 3 to 5 decades. The overall objective is to work collaboratively towards a global meta-analysis to produce an expert overview on the state and dynamics of marine biodiversity in these two regions. The workshop will result in a common protocol to analyse marine biodiversity trends, including the preliminary results of observed trends in marine biodiversity in these areas and their potential drivers. A preliminary outline of a summary publication will be created. 

AfricaMed workshop participants

This workshop brought together nine experts on different African and Mediterranean ecosystems with local knowledge and access to local datasets, and experts on data analysis and statistical techniques. Five case studies were analysed and additional cases were identified for future inclusion. Scientific hypothesis about marine biodiversity changes were identified and tested using species, community, and ecosystem indicators based on richness and abundance. A comparative approach using common statistical techniques was used to identify changes in the study areas. 

The workshop successfully initiated the analysis of marine biodiversity changes in several African and Mediterranean ecosystems. Future work will include finishing the analyses and including additional case studies. A publication presenting the first analyses from the work will be submitted to the Ecosummit 2016 conference. There is the potential to submit a summary paper about the workshop in Biology Letter or the African Journal of Marine Science in 2017. Applications for future funding have been considered since a second workshop will be organised to continue the collaboration.


  • Preliminary results were presented at a conference: Coll, M.; Shannon, L.; Atkinson, L.; Fairweather, T. P.; Hidalgo, M.; Jouffre, D.; Kainge, P.; Steenbeek, J.; Watermeyer, K.; Yemane, D.; Bellido, J. M.; Camara, M. L.; Diallo, I.; Esteban, A.; Fall, K. B. M.; Fall, M.; Guijarro, B.; Jadaud, A.; Juan Jordà, M. J.; Kleisner, K.; Leslie, R.; Meisse, B.; Nsiangango, S.; Sobrino, I.; Thiam, N.; Vaz, S.; Cury, P.. 2016. Unravelling marine biodiversity changes in African and Mediterranean ecosystems. 5th International Ecosummit Ecological Sustainability Engineering change, 29 August – 1 September 2016, Montpellier, France.
  • A paper to present these results is now under preparation.