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.


Atlantic Biodiversity and Sustainability Association (ABAS)
ABAS is a Canarian NGO aiming to cooperate for the proper management and conservation of natural values, while promoting sustainable development in the geographic regions in which it operates. It will address issues such as conservation of biodiversity, promotion of sustainable activities, responsible tourism development, recovery of natural heritage and integrated management of coastal areas. Since 2011, ABAS cooperates with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and the University Institute of Aquaculture and Sustainable Marine Ecosystems (IU-ECOAQUA) in the development of joint educational and training activities related to valorisation of marine species and ecosystems, mainly in the Canary Islands (Spain).
Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnëmunde (IOW)
Independent research institution specializing in interdisciplinary study of coastal oceans and marginal seas. In particular, its work focuses on the Baltic Sea ecosystem. The institute is divided into four sections: Physical Oceanography, Marine Chemistry, Biological Oceanography and Marine Geology. Specifically, the Marine Geology department focuses its research on improving marine habitat mapping by remote sensing, which is a central aspect of the Marine Geophysics working group in the B-CHARMED project.
Laboratoire d'Ecogéochimie des Environnements Benthiques (LECOB)
Multidisciplinary laboratory from France, jointly run by Sorbonne University and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). It is part of the Banyuls Ocean Observatory Research Federation. LECOB brings together 25 specialists in biology, microbiology, biogeochemistry, physics and chemistry of the marine environment. Its investigation projects extends from the coast to the abyss, focusing on disturbed benthic environments, such as sedimentary and rocky bottoms of the Mediterranean coastal zone, underwater canyons or hydrothermal springs. LECOB aims to deepen our understanding of ecosystem dynamics in these significant areas in order to contribute to the creation of a sound scientific basis for marine spatial planning.