The impact of artificial nourishments and borrow patches on marine and coastal ecosystems were the subject of a Workshop within the scope of the “ECOEXA” project, promoted by IPMA, at the Centro Ciência Viva in Tavira.
The workshop, which took place on the 19th of December, had the objective of presenting the final results of the ECOEXA project, financed by the MAR2020 Program (MAR-01.04.02-FEAMP-0016), with representatives from the APA (ARH Algarve and ARH Lisboa e Vale do Tejo), the Algarve captaincies and the ICNF, in addition to the project's team of researchers, the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere, the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and the Center for Marine Sciences of the University from the Algarve.
«Within the scope of the project, significant advances were achieved with regard to knowledge about the impact of dredging operations and sand deposition on marine and coastal systems, as well as it was possible to assess the resilience and recovery time of the affected marine ecosystems», refers the Centro Ciência Viva de Tavira in a note.
Now, the contributions of each work team will form part of a report with the aim of disseminating the results and promoting the transfer of acquired knowledge to society, «thus contributing to encourage its incorporation into decision-making processes by the various stakeholders, at the level regional and national”.
According to Centro Ciência Viva, in the near future, this report may be consulted here
The project is promoted by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere and, as partners, the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, the Center for Marine Sciences of the University of Algarve, the Portuguese Environment Agency (ARH-Algarve) and the Live Science Center of Tavira.