EBSAs workshop in Baku, Azerbaijan

Date:
24 April 20174 اردیبهشت 1396
29 April 20179 اردیبهشت 1396

Location: Baku, Azerbaijan

Pre-workshop field surveys for the CBD EBSA workshop

In order to provide relevant scientific and technical information for the CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea region, Cenesta conducted several field surveys in marine and coastal areas of the South Caspian Sea in April, 2017. During field surveys, the marine ecologist of Cenesta evaluated the ecological and biological features of South Caspian Sea based on the seven criteria designated by the CBD and investigated the overlaps of the potential EBSAs with Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Biosphere Reserves, Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and ICCAs.

EBSAs: the seven criteria designed by the CBD
جدول معیارهای شناسایی مناطق مهم اکولوژیک یا بیولوژیک
Uniqueness or rarity منحصر به فرد بودن و یا نایاب بودن
Special importance for life history stages of species اهمیت ویژه برای مراحل مختلف چرخه زیستی گونه ها
Importance for threatened, endangered or declining species and/or habitats اهمیت خاص برای گونه ها و یا زیستگاه های در معرض تهدید، در معرض خطر و یا در حال کاهش
Vulnerability, fragility, sensitivity, or slow recovery آسیب پذیری، شکنندگی، حساسیت و یا قابلیت احیای کند
Biological productivity تولید زیستی
Biological diversity تنوع زیستی
Naturalness بکر بودن

 

Based on field surveys and literature reviews, Cenesta provided scientific and technical documents for 3 potential EBSAs including Sefidroud Delta, Anzali Wetlands Complex and also Miankaleh-Essenguly (Miankaleh-Hassan Göli) as a transboundary EBSA between Iran and Turkmenistan and submitted to the CBD Secretariat prior to the workshop. Click on the picture below to enlarge the area map:

 

Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea and Training Session on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

The 13th CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea region, hosted by the Government of Azerbaijan was held from 25 to 29 April 2017 in Baku, Azerbaijan. On the 24th was held a training session on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas.

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During the workshop, thirty experts, supported by a technical team from Duke University and members of the CBD Secretariat, described a total of 33 candidate EBSAs– 17 for the Black Sea and 16 for the Caspian Sea. Cenesta submitted 3 areas in the South Caspian Sea to be adopted as EBSAs including Sefidroud Delta, Anzali Wetlands Complex and also Miankaleh-Essenguly as a transboundary EBSA with Turkmenistan. These areas were introduced within the framework of the seven criteria designated by the CBD and were evaluated, judged and approved during the workshop process.

This workshop recognised the unique nature of both seas at a global scale, specifically their limited connection to the world’s oceans, climatic and salinity gradients and biodiversity components adapted to deep anoxic waters. These EBSAs includ a number of special bays and deltas, as well as areas of significance for specific species and habitats such as the Caspian Seal and Phyllophora fields.

Maps prepared for the EBSAs introduced by Iran/Cenesta

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