MED Together: 60-second videos to re-connect with the sea
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 MED Together, a series of short videos produced by the Interreg Med MPA Engage and MPA Networks projects.
The video series's thrust is to inspire a re-connection with the sea, promoting a rapid and deep transformation of our unsustainable lifestyle.
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.
Breath of Change – Video Pill 0
The opening video of the MED Together video pill series features the famous French freediver Guillame Néry in 60 powerful and poetic seconds 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 series has the slogan “Act Local, Think Mediterranean”: these four words summarise 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 serious problem, that of climate change.
Watch the video here
Lionfish – Video Pill 1
The first video of the MED Together video pills series is dedicated to Lionfish.
The Lionfish (Pterois miles) migrated from the tropics to the Mediterranean Sea swimming through the Suez Canal. They are beautiful and colored, but they are dangerous invaders and are decimating the rich Mediterranean biodiversity.
What to do? How to keep their population under control?
Watch the video to learn how you can help!
Citizen Science - Video Pill 2
The second video of the MED Together video pill series is dedicated to Citizen Science.
Climate-related impacts under the sea remain hidden from most people. CitizenScientists working together with scientists can help climate research on Mediterranean marine ecosystems.
Watch the video to learn how you can join our research activities underwater!
LOOSING THE GIANT – video pill 3
Giant bivalves are dying all over the Mediterranean due to a microscopic enemy.
But we have a new hope: new living individuals have been found!
They must be protected inside and outside of #MPAs for #fightingextinction of the largest endemic bivalve of the Mediterranean Sea, the noble pen shell.
Spotting the aliens – video pill 4
Marine Protected Areas protect biodiversity and are sentinel sites for changes in natural ecosystems. But invasive species are causing severe impacts to natural ecosystems as they are replacing the ecological function of native Mediterranean fish and invertebrate species and if they are not managed, they can negatively impact also Marine Protected Areas. For this Marine Protected Areas can collaborate with research bodies and local communities to find possible solutions.
Looking for changes – video pill 5
Healthy marine ecosystems can respond better to climate change. But currently it is difficult to track climate change impacts because no harmonized monitoring strategies exist for Mediterranean marine ecosystem. For this the MPA Engage project has developed standard monitoring protocols to follow changes in fish populations, seagrass meadows and colonies of benthic organisms. This information is key for climate change mitigation and adaptation plans.
How we do that? Find our monitoring protocols at mpa-engage.interreg-med.eu
Mass mortality – video pill 6
The coralligenous is the second most biodiverse benthic habitat ecosystem in the Mediterranean, including 1300 algae, 1200 invertebrate species, and more than hundred fish species. But repeated episodes of mass-mortality of invertebrates such as gorgonians have been observed in the last years as consequence of increased sea water temperature and increased frequency of marine heatwaves. Mass mortalities have been observed also in the Cap de Creus MPA and they highlight the urgency of management decisions and meaningful climate action.
Vulnerability assessment – video pill 7
Marine Protected Areas can be vulnerable to climate change in many ways, with impacts on the ecological, social, and economic dimensions.
The MPA Engage project has developed a new tool to support Marine Protected Areas in elaborating a Vulnerability Assessment.
Renzo Mazzarri – Video pill 8
Renzo Mazzarri is a world champion of spearfishing. In the last years he has been a witness of the changes happening in fish populations as a consequence of climate change. Watch the video to learn about the visible consequences of climate change in the Mediterranean Sea that can be evidenced by Local Ecological Knowledge.
Underwater deserts – video pill 9
The Mediterranean Sea is a hotspot of biodiversity. But many marine ecosystems are being transformed in underwater deserts because of climate warming and biological invasions. For this the MPA Engage project worked to increase awareness and promote urgent actions.
Marine Protected Areas fighting climate change – video pill 10
The ocean is giving a warning: there is no infinite growth on a finite planet. But solutions are in nature and the MPA Engage project helped Marine Protected Areas to build new partnerships for adaptation and mitigation.