Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias Foundation

EU Network of Excellence MarBEF  

Directorate General of Research of the European Commission

Conseil International pour l’Exploration Scientifique de la Mediterrannée CIESM


European Environment Agency

European Network of Marine Research Stations MARS

International Council for the Exploration of the Seas ICES


  • To review the current understanding of marine biodiversity, its role in marine ecosystem functioning and its socio-economic context
  • To assess current and future threats and potential mitigation strategies for conservation and regulation of marine resources
  • To identify future research priorities


The Valencia Declaration (2008-11-15)

The Valencia Declaration - a plea for the protection of Marine Biodiversity - is now available. You can download it here.

Chairs of the Conference

Carlo Heip
NIOO and NIOZ, The Netherlands
Carlos M. Duarte
IMEDEA (CSIC- University of the Balearic Islands), Mallorca, Spain

Organizing institutions:

The Census of Marine Life

The European Census of Marine Life

The Marine Board of the European Science Foundation

Ecosystem functioning and biodiversity in the deep sea (EuroDEEP)

UNESCOIntergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme

Scientific Council for Oceanic Research SCOR

Scientific Council for Antarctic Research SCAR
Website developed and hosted by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
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