1st CEISSA 2006

Following the success of the Samos Symposium, the idea of organizing an international conference on the issue had matured. The first international Conference on the Ecological Importance of Solar Saltworks (1st CEISSA) organized under the authority of Global NEST on the beautiful Greek Island of Santorini on 20-22 October, 2006. Experts from 16 countries including U.S.A., Brazil, Mexico, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, India, China, Tunisia, Ghana, Egypt, Israel and Greece gathered to discuss the importance of Solar Saltworks as integrated coastal ecosystems.

Although solar saltworks are industrial production sites of one of the most essential commodities, they also offer shelter to wildlife. The vast fields of shallow saline water support growth of great variety of species. Fish, algae and birds, many of them protected, coexist ia a unique environment, aiding salt production if managed wisely. The conference gave a chance to biologists, urban architects, ecologists and solar salt people to present their views in their areas of expertise.

Globally more effort should be made in order to promote the ecological Importance of Solar Saltworks and convince International Organizations to identify them as constructed wetlands.