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Given the evidence of the growing changes that are taking place in the biosphere, the urgency to identify and quantify the chain of consequences that this global change can make short and long term on the planet arises.
Getting these data is a pressing need both to work on the possibility of correcting present actions which reduce future consequences, and to react in time and generate a compensatory response to mitigate the already inevitable effects. This predictability is desirable not only for those who consider essential halt the loss of biodiversity, but also of extreme interest to all sectors related to human development that depend directly or indirectly on natural resources and therefore on the state of nature conservation.
The scientific analysis of migration and its variation over time allows to know the intensity of the modifications suffered by ecosystems whose state determines the pattern of this massive displacement of wildlife. Among the features that make the birds a particularly appropriate animal group for the study of migration should be highlighted the high number of species and the consequent diversity it presents; their high visibility, facilitating monitoring and reducing effort and cost in their study; and the high variety of habitats in which they are present, offering a global and complete information. Birds become thus effective, accurate and cost-effective bioindicators to meet the ecological state of the planet and the evolution of global phenomena such as climate change.
In order to encourage the creation of measures and practical strategies to help to improve the above situation, the Migres Foundation offers a scenario meeting to share the results of the latest research on bird migration, global change and other issues directly derived therefrom, through the organization of the Third International Congress on Bird Migration and Global Change, to be held from 3rd to 5th of September 2018 at the International Center for Bird Migration in Tarifa, Spain.
Migres Foundation is a private non-profit organization founded in 2003 to promote scientific research on bird migration and to boost sustainable development activities. We are convinced that these policies offer the best tools for biodiversity conservation.
Since its foundation, Migres has become an international reference regarding the scientific study and monitoring of migration and global change. International Conferences on Bird Migration and Climate Change, which were held in Algeciras in 2007 and 2010, evidence our institutional success. In addition, the Research Centre for Bird Migration and Global Change was also founded and it is another indication of Migres institutional activity.
Moreover, Migres Foundation has turned into a necessary association which reconciles sustainable development and biodiversity conservation, providing solutions for environmental challenges which, if conveniently tackled, become true opportunities of economic and social sustainable growth.
The Strait of Gibraltar is a strategic location for the scientific study of bird migration, being the meeting point of the migratory routes between Europe and Africa with more than 400,000 soaring birds (storks and raptors) and several million of small birds (swifts, swallows, house martins, bee-eaters, etc.). In addition, more than 750,000 seabirds (mostly shearwaters) and cetaceans use the Strait every year in their migratory journeys getting in and out of the Mediterranean Sea.
The International Center for Bird Migration and Global Change (CIMA, Centro Internacional de Migración de Aves, in Spanish) is an infrastructure for scientific study and dissemination of migratory studies which has a privileged location in the Strait of Gibraltar. The Center is located in Punta Camorro, just a few kilometers from the beautiful city of Tarifa (Cádiz), and provides accommodation to scientists and students from around the world interested in migration. In addition, the Centre holds the Observatory of the Strait, where you can watch birds and cetaceans using the Strait as a bridge between continents and seas.
The 3rd International Congress on Bird Migration and Global Change