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Mediterranean Temporary Lagoon: Proposal for a definition of this endangered habitat to improve its conservation

Abstract : Coastal lagoons have been recognised as a priority habitat for conservation and have benefited from several conservation plans. Under the Mediterranean climate, some of these lagoons might dry out during summer due to drought events. We propose the term Mediterranean Temporary Lagoons (MTLs) for these ephemeral water bodies and discuss their definition and characteristics. This term emerged in France among its coastal zone managers, who now commonly use it for conservation purposes. It is used in both natural systems as well as most artificial salt ponds in abandoned saltworks. In Europe, two directives have integrated lagoons as key targets to be preserved. Nonetheless, a certain discrepancy in the different definitions of lagoons has constrained joint actions. Indeed, while institutional definitions were originally derived from the scientific concept, their legislative and managerials meanings have been gradually modified and nowadays often differ from the original concept to create difficulties in the field. In addition, while it has been recommended to consider MTLs as a coastal lagoon habitat in the European Habitat Directive, its interpretation among EU member states is unsettled. Thus, clarifying lagoon habitats' terminology is required to ensure better management, monitoring and planning, and coordinate conservation actions. We discuss the inclusion of MTLs in habitat 1150 by confronting scientific and institutional literature and propose a new framework to better delimitate lagoon habitat around the Mediterranean basin, integrating MTLs. MTLs represent a specific habitat that hosts a pool of stenoecious macrophytes of conservation interest like Althenia filiformis, Riella helicophylla or Tolypella salina.
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Mathilde Latron, Aubin Allies, Olivier Argagnon, Nadine Bosc, Karine Faure, et al.. Mediterranean Temporary Lagoon: Proposal for a definition of this endangered habitat to improve its conservation. Journal for Nature Conservation, 2022, 68, pp.126193. ⟨10.1016/j.jnc.2022.126193⟩. ⟨hal-03679216⟩

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