ABOUT B-CHARMED PROJECT
B-CHARMED, acronym for “The Black Coral forests as unexplored Biodiversity Hotspots in the MAcaronesian Region: ecosysteM functions and sErvices analyseD", is a project aiming at exploring the underwater forests of black corals from Macaronesia, using the island of Lanzarote as a case-study site, developing mapping tools and deepen into knowledge on its associated biodiversity.
The project will be run during 13 months as part of the LIFE4BEST programme, with the finantial support of the LIFE Programme of the European Union, in partnership with the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB) and the French Development Agency (AFD).
The project is led by the Atlantic Biodiversity and Sustainability Association (ABAS), located in Gran Canaria, Spain, also involving the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) from Germany and the Benthic Environment Ecogeochemistry Laboratory in Banyuls sur Mer (LECOB) from France, as partners.
In addition, several researchers from the Institute of Aquaculture and Sustainable Marine Ecosystems (IU-ECOAQUA), at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, are collaborating.