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Tropical coastal ecosystems (TCE) are among the most diverse and complex ecosystems in the World. Coral reefs, seagrass meadows and mangrove forests represent a habitat for more than 25% of the marine species. It’s hard to overestimate the value of the TCE for local communities. Coastal ecosystems provide various ecosystem services for fisheries, shoreline protection and tourism. At the same time, they represent one of the most rapidly declining ecosystem complexes. To date, more than 50% of coral reefs, 35% of mangrove forests and 29% of seagrass meadows were lost. The research, rational and sustainable exploitation and conservation of these ecosystems is the matter of concern of scientists and stakeholders around the globe.

At the present forum we will address several questions. How diverse are TCE? How the species inhabiting these ecosystems relate to each other and the habitats? Which physiological adaptations have the species inhabiting TCE? What are the impacts of anthropogenic pressure on TCE? Are there truly sustainable ways to use these ecosystems?

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