The endless beauty of the Mediterranean Sea and Marine Protected Areas, but also their vulnerability, climate change impacts, local communities, scientific research, connections and adaptation: these are the subjects of a series of short video for the social media starting on March 1st that will be presented by the Interreg Med projects MPA Engage and MPA Networks. The video series will be inaugurated by an exceptional testimonial, the famous French free diver Guillaume Néry. This is a new communication initiative aimed at showing the ongoing changes happening in the marine ecosystem and the key roles of Marine Protected Areas for resilience and adaptation. Its thrust is to inspire a re-connection with the sea, promoting a rapid and deep transformation of our unsustainable lifestyle.
The climate change impacts along Mediterranean coast and the actions taken by Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to front them, told with a series of 20 videopills. Which are the main threats? How can we deal with them working together? The slogan of the MPA Engage project “Act Local, Think Mediterranean” summarizes in four words the need of taking concrete actions inspired by a shared vision of development, collaboration and future for the marine environment and coastal communities. A Mediterranean strategy based on Marine Protected Areas for a collective response to an increasingly obvious problem, that of climate change.
The opening video will feature the famous French free diver Guillame Néry. 60 second powerful and poetic that recall how the sea is a fragile environment, linked to our very survival, an environment to be protected with care now more than ever, because time is running out. The following episodes tell the commitment of MPAs in safeguarding our sea, the discovery of new invasive species, the mass mortality events that happen hidden from our eyes beneath the surface, the strength of the network for adopting common strategies against a common problem. New and old problems for the Mediterranean, addressed today by the Mediterranean MPAs through the collaboration of researchers with the coastal communities.