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CIRCE case study on the impact of climate change on the Gulf of Oran

The Gulfs of Oran and Arzew, in Algeria, comprise rich marine ecosystems, a fertile coastal zone, nature reserves for a wide range of species, and ancient sites of historical and cultural significance. The marine ecosystem is, however, sensitive to environmental disturbance, for example, pollution, climate change, deterioration of marine habitat and over-exploitation of resources.
Gulf of Oran

Gulf of Oran

The Gulfs of Oran and Arzew, in Algeria, comprise rich marine ecosystems, a fertile coastal zone, nature reserves for a wide range of species, and ancient sites of historical and cultural significance. The marine ecosystem is, however, sensitive to environmental disturbance, for example, pollution, climate change, deterioration of marine habitat and over-exploitation of resources. Key research issues related to climate change include accelerated coastal zone degradation and marine system modification, and the availability and quality of water resources.

Appropriate adaptation measures and policy responses might include: adjustment of development plans (tourism, fishing); integrated management of water resources; emergency plans; health preparedness; and the proection of designated coastal areas.

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