Yesterday (Friday 20 October), the results of the Interreg Italy-Malta project “Sea Marvel – Save, Enhance, Admire Marine Versatile Life” were presented at the Giancarlo De Carlo auditorium at the Benedictine Monastery. The project aimed at protecting marine biodiversity and enhancing Natura 2000 sites. The University of Catania and the University of Malta collaborated on this project, along with numerous stakeholders. The project focused on scientific research, citizen science, education, awareness, outreach, and training of young people, as well as involving local stakeholders, marine monitoring initiatives, and more. The event was opened by the Rector of the University of Catania, Francesco Priolo, who highlighted the university’s commitment to environmental issues. The Minister for Civil Protection and Maritime Policies, Nello Musumeci, emphasized the importance of international cooperation in protecting and enhancing the marine environment. The Mayor of Catania, Enrico Trantino, called on young people to be more involved in the protection and development of their territory. The event included presentations on the project’s research activities and the delivery of recognition plaques to schools that have participated in the “Plastic-Free Schools” protocol. The afternoon session consisted of a roundtable discussion on the participatory management of Natura 2000 sites, with representatives from project partners and stakeholders sharing their experiences and lessons learned. The aim is to continue collaboration and improve the management of Natura 2000 sites for the protection of the environment and marine biodiversity.
Sea Marvel, un progetto italo-maltese per la tutela della biodiversità