Marine Ecosystems workshops,Multiple academic institutions involved
Enhancing commitment to exploring the marine ecosystem of the Red Sea, specifically its coastal coral reefs, representatives of AD Ports Group recently conducted a capacity-building workshop entitled ‘Coastal defence infrastructure: Barren rocks or novel ecosystems?’ in Aqaba.
The workshop was attended by the Environmental Department of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) and academics from the Marine Science Station (MSS), an inter-university research institute owned by the University of Jordan and Yarmouk University, explored the latest research performed by New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and MSS in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea.
As part of the process, AD Ports Group is collaborating with local institutions, namely ASEZA and MSS, to access relevant research undertaken within the Red Sea.
“The joint NYUAD-MSS-ASEZA collaborative capacity-building workshop is a vital learning exercise that will guide how we design, construct and operate ports and marinas,” remarked David Gatward, Chief Engineering and Technical Services Officer, AD Ports Group.
“Creating an environment where this marine life can continue to survive, if not prosper, as coastal development in Aqaba expands is paramount,” noted Dr. John A. Burt, Program Head for Environmental Studies, and Associate Professor of Biology, NYUAD.