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Sustainability of Mediteranean Coastal Lagoon Ecosystems Under Semi Arid

Acronym: COLASU
Period: July 2002 till July 2005
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Geomorphology; Hydrogeology; Hydrogeology; Sedimentology; Socioeconomic data; Transport processes
Geographical terms: Morocco [Marine Regions]; Tunisia [Marine Regions]

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The project concerns two lagoonal ecosystems El Meleh (Tunisia) and Nador (Morocco). They are protected coastal zones, Nador is classified as a site of biological and ecological interest with fishery activity, El Meleh is foreseen to get the same status of interest in order to acquire a tourist economical interest. However, environmental stresses due to old day saline extraction and waste water station releases in El Meleh, threaten the cleanliness of the ecosystem and compromise their ecological status and consequent economical interest. In Nador present fishery activity, urban and agricultural releases threaten its cleanliness and urban developments may lead to the closing of the lagoon which compromises the fishery activity and may consequently give rise to unemployment.
The overall objectives of the project are:

  • to understand the natural variations in lagoon ecosystem functioning
  • to define the parameters inducing alterations due to anthropogenic activity
  • to contribute to the safeguarding of their environmental cleanliness,
  • and finally to contribute to the development of sustainable long-term management strategies at a regional scale

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