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DESSIM: A Decision Support system for the management of Israel’s Mediterranean Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)

DESSIMLed by: Dr. Gideon Gal, Kinneret Limnological Laboratory, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research
The focus of the DESSIM project is the development of a key component of a decision support system for the management of Israel’s EEZ ecosystem. This includes a series of ecosystem models built on the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) approach and is comprised of a mass-balance model (Ecopath), a time varying model (Ecosim) and a time-spatially varying model (Ecospace). The models will allow examination of possible management policies that coordinate the exploration and conservation of marine resources considering and reconciling different trade-offs. The models will provide governmental agencies and stakeholders the ability to diagnose the impact of potential intervention in the ecosystem in terms of management alternatives, and identify the large multi-scale impacts of change.


Project partners include:
IOLR (G. Gal, E. Ofir, X. Corrales)
Tel Aviv University (M. Goren, D. DeSegni)
SAMS (S. Haymens)
IRD (M. Coll)
EII (J. Steenbeck)

The Ecosystem services' assessment in the Israeli Mediterranean project

IMG 9266Led by:  Dr. Shiri Shamir Zemah, The Natural resource and Environmental Research Center, University of Haifa.
The marine environment constitutes an asset of natural capital and benefits enjoyed by humanity. This project is the first of a kind for Israel and assesses these benefits, often referred to as “ecosystem services”, in the territorial and economic waters of the Israeli Mediterranean Sea. An economical valuation is provided by employing spatial analysis tools alongside economic valuation methods of the different ecosystem services, hence underlying critical areas of benefit supply. In addition, by incorporating different scenarios into the analysis (e.g. environmental changes and marine resources exploitation), the future flow of marine ecosystem services can be examined. The final outcome of the project will consist of an encompassing economic valuation of the diverse benefits given by our marine ecosystems. Project partners include: Haifa University (S. Shamir Zemah, M. Shechter, Y. Peled). IOLR (A. Israel)

The SBM project - Science Based Management of Marine and Coastal Resources

SBMLed by: Dr. Dan Tchernov, Marine Biology Department, The Leon H.Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa.
The SBM project establishes a new program that supports both research and education that focus on science-based management of natural resources, advanced research of the eastern Mediterranean Sea ecology and environment issues in this region.
The principal research theme is focused on understanding the mechanisms that lay at the foundation of human-driven environmental change biology and biodiversity. This is a pioneering study on Mediterranean Israeli waters to try and understand the mechanisms that drive the massive change we have been witnessing for the past three decades, but with much more force this past decade alone. This project will also include an ecology based conservation (EBC) apparatus that is intended to merge the data layer with the conservation and management level following EBC principals. 


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