Following the successful organization of 1st CEISSA in Santorini Island Greece in October 2006, the 2nd International Conference on the Ecological Importance of Solar Saltworks (2nd CEISSA) was held in Merida, Mexico from 26 to 28 of March 2009.
The meeting has been organized by the Global Network of the Environmental Science and Technology (Global NEST) and the Industria Salinera De Yucatan S.A. (I.S.Y.S.A.) and has been dedicated to Prof. Steve Davis’ pioneering worldwide work on the relationship of biological processes and Solar Salt manufacture.
Mr. Eduardo Roche, President of Industria Salinera de Yucatan, S.A., was also honored for his efforts to preserve the environment of the Ria Lagartos Biosphere in which the Las Coloradas saltworks is located.
Salt producers, ecologists and scientists from around the world including Argentina, Mexico, USA, China, France, Italy, Israel, Switzerland and Greece discussed topics of the conference and presented their work. All agreed that Solar Saltworks constitutes unique coastal ecosystems that should be protected and developed. Monitoring the biological process of Solar Saltworks we are optimizing both their product quality and their wetland function.
Solar Saltworks are complicated ecosystems where minor scientific work has been done so far. «How many more ecologically and evolutionarily important microbes exist in salinas we do not know, but we do know that if the solar salterns are destroyed, we will loose a significant source of microbial biodiversity». Words of Carol Litchfield at the conference.