BioPlatgesMet Workshop: Empowering beach technicians with marine biodiversity knowledge!

On April 22nd and 23rd, the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB) and the EMBIMOS team from the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) collaborated to conduct an insightful workshop centered around the botany and shellfish of metropolitan beaches. The primary objective of this workshop was to equip beach technicians from the AMB Platges team with the necessary skills to independently carry out monitoring activities.

April 22nd Session: Workshop on organic remains on beaches

The training day focused on the identification of organic remains in the sand of the beaches, both for the own monitoring of the state of biodiversity of the AMB and to be able to help with the validations and explanations given in workshops of this type. Participants embarked on a comprehensive journey from La Murta Beach (Viladecans) to the pine forest of Cal Francès Beach, also located in Viladecans, meticulously collecting a diverse range of marine debris. Following the collection phase, a detailed classification session unfolded, revealing a rich tapestry of over 30 different species. Some of these specimens were earmarked for future workshops and educational initiatives, such as Jugatecambiental, Natur@ula, and other environmental education proposals of the AMB.

April 23rd Session: Exploring botanical biodiversity

Day two of the workshop shifted its focus towards the botanical classification of various dune species found within the dune areas of the AMB. Evarist March from the Naturwalks company assumed the role of guide, not only imparting essential techniques for identifying different families, genera, and species but also offering valuable insights into their ecological significance across different zones. This session sparked discussions on the strategic communication and citizen engagement initiatives that could be developed to foster awareness and participation in these crucial areas.