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Dania Abdul Malak

ETC-UMA DIRECTOR

Dania Abdul Malak

ETC-UMA DIRECTOR


daniaabdulmalak@uma.es

+34 951 952 995



Dania Abdul Malak is a senior environmental researcher and Director of the European Topic Centre at the University of Malaga (ETC-UMA). She has over 15 years’ experience in environmental assessment and management. Her research focuses on setting transferable guidelines to apply ecosystem-based management to nature conservation and biodiversity protection at regional scales, including the Mediterranean and Europe. Her work supports the evidence behind the implementation of different Global, European and Mediterranean Directives such as the EU MSFD, the EU MSP, the EU Habitat Directive, the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Coastal and Marine Environment in the Mediterranean, as well as the Ramsar and the Carpathian Conventions.

Dania supports the European Environment Agency (EEA) by developing integrated ecosystem assessment frameworks to evaluate the functional capacity of ecosystems to provide ecosystem services. Furthermore, she coordinates several regional initiatives and participates in numerous international research projects related to her field of expertise. More recently, Dania is supporting the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) in implementing sustainable Development Strategies in Western Asian countries.

She has written several scientific papers and has co-authored many international and regional technical reports and books, namely Adapting to Climate Change- an assessment of Vulnerability and risks to Human Security in the Western Mediterranean basin (Abdul Malak et al., 2017); the European forest ecosystems report (EEA, 2016); European ecosystem assessment – concept, data, and implementation (EEA, 2015), Monitoring Post-fire EVI regeneration in the Eastern Iberian Peninsula using GIS and Remote Sensing in International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (2016) among others. More on publications are available in the ETC-UMA´s publication section.

Related projects

RESOURCES

Books

Adapting to Climate Change – An Assessment of Vulnerability and Risks to Human Security in the Western Mediterranean Basin

Abdul-Malak, D; McGlade, K; Pascual, D; Pla, E

Adapting to Climate Change – An Assessment of Vulnerability and Risks to Human Security in the Western Mediterranean Basin Book

1, Springer International Publishing, 2017, ISBN: 978-3-319-51680-6, (2191-5547 ISSN 978-3-319-51680-6 eBook ISBN).

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Climate Change, Mediterranean sea, Pressures

Journal Articles

Mapping forest condition in Europe: Methodological developments in support to forest biodiversity assessments

Marín, A I; Abdul-Malak, D; Bastrup-Birk, A; Chirici, G; Barbati, A; Kleeschulte, S

Mapping forest condition in Europe: Methodological developments in support to forest biodiversity assessments Journal Article

Ecological Indicators, 128 , 2021.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation and management, Ecosystem, Environmental conservation, Forest

Potential contribution of OECMs to international area-based conservation targets in a biodiversity rich country, Spain

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D; Sánchez-Espinosa, A; Abdul-Malak, D

Potential contribution of OECMs to international area-based conservation targets in a biodiversity rich country, Spain Journal Article

Journal for Nature Conservation, 62 , 2021.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation and management, Ecosystem, Environmental conservation, Marine protected areas, Protected areas

The Status of Coastal Benthic Ecosystems in the Mediterranean Sea: Evidence From Ecological Indicators

Bevilacqua, S; Katsanevakis, S; Micheli, F; Sala, E; Rilov, G; Sarà, G; Abdul-Malak, D; Abdulla, A; Gerovasileiou, V; Gissi, E; Mazaris, A D; Pipitone, C; Sini, M; Stelzenmüller, V; Terlizzi, A; Todorova, V; Fraschetti, S

The Status of Coastal Benthic Ecosystems in the Mediterranean Sea: Evidence From Ecological Indicators Journal Article

Frontiers in Marine Science, 2020.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Conservation and management, Ecosystem, Environmental conservation, Mediterranean sea

Assessing the environmental effectiveness of the Spanish Marine Reserve Network using remote sensing

Merkohasanaj, M; Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D; García-Martínez, M C; Vargas-Yáñez, M; Abdul-Malak, D

Assessing the environmental effectiveness of the Spanish Marine Reserve Network using remote sensing Journal Article

Ecological Indicators, 107 , 2019.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Conservation and management, Marine protected areas, Protected areas, SOSTPARK

Indicators for mapping and assessment of ecosystem condition and of the ecosystem service habitat maintenance in support of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

Hatziiordanou, L; Fitoka, E; Hadjicharalampous, E; Votsi, N E; Palaskas, D; Abdul-Malak, D

Indicators for mapping and assessment of ecosystem condition and of the ecosystem service habitat maintenance in support of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 Journal Article

One Ecosystem, 4 (e32704), 2019.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation and management, Ecosystem services, Forest, Land and soil, Pressures, Wetlands

Bridging the research-management gap in environmental conservation: A case study from Andalusia, southern Spain

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D; Abdul-Malak, D; Schröder, C; McGlade, K; Pascual, D

Bridging the research-management gap in environmental conservation: A case study from Andalusia, southern Spain Journal Article

SDRP Journal of Earth Sciences & Environmental Studies, 4 (2), pp. 579-588, 2019, ISBN: 2472-6397 .

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Conservation and management, Environmental conservation, Protected areas, SOSTPARK

Achieving Blue Growth through maritime spatial planning: Offshore wind energy optimization and biodiversity conservation in Spain

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D; Abdul-Malak, D; Soukissian, T; Sánchez-Espinosa, A

Achieving Blue Growth through maritime spatial planning: Offshore wind energy optimization and biodiversity conservation in Spain Journal Article

Marine Policy, 73 , pp. 8-14, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Blue Growth, Climate Change, Conservation and management, Pressures

Marine protected area design patterns in the Mediterranean Sea: Implications for conservation

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D; Rodríguez, J; Blanco, María J; Abdul-Malak, D

Marine protected area design patterns in the Mediterranean Sea: Implications for conservation Journal Article

Marine Pollution Bulletin , 110 (1), 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Conservation and management, Marine protected areas, Mediterranean sea, Protected areas

Development and testing of a new framework for rapidly assessing legal and managerial protection afforded by marine protected areas: Mediterranean Sea case study

Rodriguez-Rodriguez, D; J. Rodriguez, ; Abdul-Malak, D

Development and testing of a new framework for rapidly assessing legal and managerial protection afforded by marine protected areas: Mediterranean Sea case study Journal Article

Journal of Environmental Management, 167 , pp. 29-37, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Conservation and management, Marine protected areas, Mediterranean sea, Protected areas

Development and testing of a new framework for rapidly assessing legal and managerial protection afforded by marine protected areas: Mediterranean Sea case study

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D; Rodríguez, J; Abdul-Malak, D

Development and testing of a new framework for rapidly assessing legal and managerial protection afforded by marine protected areas: Mediterranean Sea case study Journal Article

Journal of Environmental Management, 167 , pp. 29-37, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Conservation and management, Marine protected areas, Mediterranean sea, Protected areas

Marine protected areas and fisheries restricted areas in the Mediterranean: assessing “actual” marine biodiversity protection coverage at multiple scales

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D; Rodríguez, J; Abdul-Malak, D; Nastasi, A; Hernández, P

Marine protected areas and fisheries restricted areas in the Mediterranean: assessing “actual” marine biodiversity protection coverage at multiple scales Journal Article

Marine Policy, 64 , pp. 24-30, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Conservation and management, Marine protected areas, Mediterranean sea, Protected areas

Marine protected areas and fisheries restricted areas in the Mediterranean: Assessing "actual" marine biodiversity protection coverage at multiple scales

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D; Rodríguez, J; Abdul-Malak, D; Hernandez, P

Marine protected areas and fisheries restricted areas in the Mediterranean: Assessing "actual" marine biodiversity protection coverage at multiple scales Journal Article

Marine Policy, 64 , pp. 24-30, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Conservation and management, Marine protected areas, Mediterranean sea, Protected areas

Cumulative pressures and low protection: a concerning blend for Mediterranean MPAs

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D; Sánchez-Espinosa, A; Schröder, C; Abdul-Malak, D; Rodríguez, J

Cumulative pressures and low protection: a concerning blend for Mediterranean MPAs Journal Article

Marine Pollution Bulletin, 101 , pp. 288-295, 2015.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Climate Change, Marine protected areas, Mediterranean sea, Pressures

Fire Recurrence and the Dynamics

Abdul-Malak, D; Pausa, J G; Pardo-Pascual, J E; Ruiz, L A

Fire Recurrence and the Dynamics Journal Article

International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 6 (2), pp. 18-35, 2015.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Forest, Forest fire, Mediterranean sea

Development of an Indicator to Monitor Mediterranean Wetlands

Sánchez-Espinosa, A; Abdul-Malak, D; Guelmami, A; Perennou, C

Development of an Indicator to Monitor Mediterranean Wetlands Journal Article

Plos One, 10 (3), 2015.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Geotechnology, Wetlands

Proceedings

Utility assessment in using optical and radar data to monitor surface water dynamic in wetland ecosystems, Fuente de Piedra, Spain (UMA)

Merkohasanaj, M; Sánchez-Espinosa, A; Abdul-Malak, D; Schroder, C; Truckenbrodt, J; Marín, A I

Utility assessment in using optical and radar data to monitor surface water dynamic in wetland ecosystems, Fuente de Piedra, Spain (UMA) Proceeding

Simposio del Agua en Andalucía (SIAGA), Huelva, 24 a 27 de octubre, 2018.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Ecosystem services, Geotechnology, Groundwater, SWOS, Wetlands

What is old growth forest? A definition structure

Marín, A I; Abdul-Malak, D

What is old growth forest? A definition structure Proceeding

Conference for protection of old growth forest in Europe, Brusse, 13 September, 2017, (Not available online).

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Forest

Validación y propuesta para la mejora de la capa de alta resolución de humedales del proyecto Copérnico

Ruíz-Martínez, R; Marín, A I; Abdul-Malak, D

Validación y propuesta para la mejora de la capa de alta resolución de humedales del proyecto Copérnico Proceeding

2016.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Geotechnology, Wetlands

An Indicator Of Forest Fire Intensity Applied To European Forest Ecosystems

Marín, A I; Abdul-Malak, D

An Indicator Of Forest Fire Intensity Applied To European Forest Ecosystems Proceeding

VI Reunión Internacional Fuegored, Malaga, 19-21 Noviembre, 2015.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Ecosystem, Forest, Forest fire

Technical Reports

Carbon pools and sequestration potential of wetlands in the European Union

Abdul-Malak, D; Marín, A I; Trombetti, M; Román, San S

Carbon pools and sequestration potential of wetlands in the European Union Technical Report

2021, ISBN: 978-3-200-07433-0.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Climate Change, Ecosystem services, Environmental conservation, Land and soil, Soil functions, Wetlands

EU ecosystem assessment - Summary for policymakers

Maes, J; Erhard, M; Conde, S; Rodriguez-Vallecillo, S; Barredo-Cano, J I; Paracchini, M; Abdul-Malak, D; Trombetti, M; Vigiak, O; Zulian, G; Addamo, A; Grizzetti, B; Somma, F; Hagyo, A; Vogt, P; Polce, C; Jones, A; Carré, A; Hauser, R

EU ecosystem assessment - Summary for policymakers Technical Report

Joint Research Center (JRC) 2021, ISSN: 1831-9424.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation and management, Ecosystem, Ecosystem services, Environmental conservation, Forest, Land and soil, Pressures, Protected areas, Wetlands

SoED 2020 : State of Environment and Development in Mediterranean

UNEP-MAP, ; Plan-Bleu, ; Abdul-Malak, D; Marín, A I; Schröder, C; Sánchez-Espinosa, A

SoED 2020 : State of Environment and Development in Mediterranean Technical Report

2020.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation and management, Environmental conservation, Marine protected areas, Mediterranean sea, Pressures, Protected areas

Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services: An EU ecosystem assessment

Maes, J; Teller, A; Erhard, M; Condé, S; Vallecillo, S; Barredo, J I; Paracchini, M L; Abdul-Malak, D; Trombetti, M; Vigiak, O; Zulian, G; Addamo, A M; Grizzetti, B; Somma, F; Hagyo, A; Vogt, P; Polce, C; Jones, A; Marin, A I; Ivits, E; Mauri, A; Rega, C; Czúcz, B; Ceccherini, G; Pisoni, E; Ceglar, A; de Palma, P; Cerrani, I; Meroni, M; Caudullo, G; Lugato, E; Vogt, J V; Spinoni, J; Cammalleri, C; Bastrup-Birk, A; Miguel, San J; Román, San S; Kristensen, P; Christiansen, T; Zal, N; de Roo, A; Cardoso, A C; Pistocchi, A; del Alvarellos, Barrio I; Tsiamis, K; Gervasini, E; Deriu, I; la Notte, A; Viñas, Abad R; Vizzarri, M; Camia, A; Robert, N; Kakoulaki, G; Bendito, Garcia E; Panagos, P; Ballabio, C; Scarpa, S; Montanarella, L; Orgiazzi, A; Ugalde, Fernandez O; Santos-Martín, F

Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services: An EU ecosystem assessment Technical Report

Publications Office of the European Union 2020, ISBN: 978-92-76-17833-0.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation and management, Ecosystem, Ecosystem services, Forest, Wetlands

Mediterranean biodiversity and marine litter: an interaction knowledge base

Guitart, C; Abdul-Malak, D; Sánchez-Espinosa, A; Valverde, Pérez C; Bigagli, E; Román, San S

Mediterranean biodiversity and marine litter: an interaction knowledge base Technical Report

2020.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation and management, Marine litter, Marine protected areas, Mediterranean sea, Pressures

Enhanced wetland monitoring, assessment and indicators to support European and global environmental policy

Abdul-Malak, D; Schröder, C; Guitart, C; Sánchez-Espinosa, A; Fitoka, E; Hatziiordanou, L; Mino, E; Flink, S; Silver, E; Strauch, A; Ling, M; Brown, C; Simonson, W; Scott, E; Plasmeijer, A; Thulin, S; Philipson, P; Weise, K; Höfer, R; Franke, J; Guelmami, A

Enhanced wetland monitoring, assessment and indicators to support European and global environmental policy Technical Report

2019.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Conservation and management, Ecosystem, Geotechnology, SWOS, Wetlands

Towards 2020: how Mediterranean countries are performing to protect their sea

Gomei, M; Abdulla, A; Schröder, C; Yadav, S; Sánchez-Espinosa, A; Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D; Abdul-Malak, D

Towards 2020: how Mediterranean countries are performing to protect their sea Technical Report

2019.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation and management, Environmental conservation, Marine protected areas, Mediterranean sea, Pressures, Protected areas

Presentations

Mapping flood regulation capacity of coastal wetland ecosystems in the Mediterranean: Guadalhorce river mouth (Spain)

Sánchez-Espinosa, A; Abdul-Malak, D; Marín, A I

Mapping flood regulation capacity of coastal wetland ecosystems in the Mediterranean: Guadalhorce river mouth (Spain) Presentation

01.04.2016.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Ecosystem services, Geotechnology, SWOS, Wetlands

Determination of wetland ecosystem boundaries and validation of habitat classifications using remote sensing: Fuente de Piedra (Spain).

Sánchez-Espinosa, A; Abdul-Malak, D; Schröder, C; Martínez-Murillo, J F

Determination of wetland ecosystem boundaries and validation of habitat classifications using remote sensing: Fuente de Piedra (Spain). Presentation

01.01.2016.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Ecosystem, Geotechnology, Land and soil, SWOS, Wetlands

Póster proyecto SWOS. Simposio del Agua de Andalucía 2015 (SIAGA)

Schröder, C; Abdul-Malak, D; Sánchez-Espinosa, A; Andreo, B

Póster proyecto SWOS. Simposio del Agua de Andalucía 2015 (SIAGA) Presentation

01.11.2015.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: SWOS

Desarrollo de un indicador para el seguimiento de los niveles de inundación en humedales Mediterráneos. XVI Congreso de la Asociación Española de Teledetección (AET)

Sánchez-Espinosa, A; Abdul-Malak, D; Guelmami, A; Perennou, C; Martínez-Murillo, J F

Desarrollo de un indicador para el seguimiento de los niveles de inundación en humedales Mediterráneos. XVI Congreso de la Asociación Española de Teledetección (AET) Presentation

01.10.2015.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Geotechnology, Groundwater, SWOS, Wetlands

Med-IAMER: 2015 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting

Abdul-Malak, D

Med-IAMER: 2015 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting Presentation

25.02.2015.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Med-IAMER, Mediterranean sea

Development of an Indicator to Monitor Mediterranean Wetlands

Sánchez-Espinosa, A; Abdul-Malak, D; Guelmami, A; Perennou, C

Development of an Indicator to Monitor Mediterranean Wetlands Presentation

01.01.2015.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Geotechnology, Wetlands

Med-IAMER: Blue Energies in the Mediterrean Sea

Abdul-Malak, D

Med-IAMER: Blue Energies in the Mediterrean Sea Presentation

10.12.2014.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Blue Growth, Med-IAMER, Mediterranean sea

Impact assessment of major pressures on Earthworms in Europe. Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative in Dijon

Aksoy, E; Abdul-Malak, D; Gardi, C; Fons, J

Impact assessment of major pressures on Earthworms in Europe. Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative in Dijon Presentation

01.12.2014.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Land and soil, Pressures, Soil functions

Med-IAMER: Project general presentation

Abdul-Malak, D

Med-IAMER: Project general presentation Presentation

29.10.2014.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Med-IAMER, Mediterranean sea

Póster proyecto Med-IAMER

Abdul-Malak, D

Póster proyecto Med-IAMER Presentation

01.01.2014.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Med-IAMER, Mediterranean sea

Masters Theses

Tools and indicators for integrated wetland monitoring. Case study, Fuente de Piedra Wetland, Andalusia, Spain

Merkohasanaj, M; Abdul-Malak, D; Aksoy, E

Tools and indicators for integrated wetland monitoring. Case study, Fuente de Piedra Wetland, Andalusia, Spain Masters Thesis

2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Geotechnology, Land and soil, SWOS, Wetlands

Aportación Europea al Inventariado y Monitoreo de Humedales

Ruíz-Martínez, R; Abdul-Malak, D; Marín, A I

Aportación Europea al Inventariado y Monitoreo de Humedales Masters Thesis

Málaga University, 2015.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Conservation and management, Geotechnology, Wetlands

MedBioLitter: an open database on marine litter and biodiversity science

MedBioLitter: an open database on marine litter and biodiversity science

An open database and spatial geoportal on current scientific knowledge related to marine litter and biodiversity interactions in the Mediterranean region ...
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A new cooperation project to improve the environmental sustainability of Mediterranean coasts

A new cooperation project to improve the environmental sustainability of Mediterranean coasts

The project ENSERES (ENhancing Socio-Ecological RESilience in Mediterranean coastal areas) funded by the European Union under the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation program ENI CBC Med, has kicked off in Malaga bringing together international organizations engaged in research, environmental protection, and public authorities ...
The role of healthy wetlands in fighting climate change

The role of healthy wetlands in fighting climate change

The new report developed by the ETC-UMA (University of Malaga), as partner of the European Topic Centre on Urban, Land and Soil Systems (ETC/ULS) has shed light on the role of healthy wetland habitats in the carbon cycle and the ...
Happy World Nature Conservation Day!

Happy World Nature Conservation Day!

On World Nature Conservation Day, the ETC-UMA team wants to wish you a happy summer surrounded by nature and friends. Wherever you are, be part of the healthy ecosystem you want around you and have a positive impact. Here are ...
ETC-UMA leads the path towards better governance of the Adriatic- Ionian marine ecosystem

ETC-UMA leads the path towards better governance of the Adriatic- Ionian marine ecosystem

The Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community (MBPC) project co-funded by the Interreg Med programme and led by ETC-UMA has just finalised an online workshop on " Managing Transboundary priority areas: Towards a governance mechanism on the conservation of the South-Adriatic marine ecosystem" in ...
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