The International Symposium ‘Human Impacts on Marine Functional Connectivity’  

The International Symposium ‘Human Impacts on Marine Functional Connectivity’ (HI-MFC 2023) is taking place on 22-25 May in Sesimbra, Portugal. The organisers of this 4-day event are the COST Action SEA-UNICORN – Unifying Approaches to Marine Connectivity for improved Resource Management for the Seas (2020-2024) and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

The Symposium brings together a large group of worldwide scientific experts, marine managers and policymakers to share and discuss the latest findings on the impact of human activities on Marine Functional Connectivity (MFC).
Our Peter Mackelworth presented today the topic of ‘The South Adriatic Ionian Straight Ecologically or Biologically Significant Area (SAIS-EBSA), informing regional seas and high seas governance’. Peter presented the relevance of the SAIS-EBSA region and the SAIS-EBSA Conservation Community (SECC), which was established as part of the Interreg Med project ‘Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community‘. Additionally, he introduced the new governance project Dialogue4Nature of the Natural Heritage Mission of the Interreg Euro-MED Programme, through which the activities of the previous project will continue by establishing a Mediterranean Resilience Network.