• 26 OCT 15
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    SPNI and Open Channels establish Mare Nostrum Network for Mediterranean conservation

    Mare Nostrum Project partner the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) joined forces with Open Channels, a leading international forum in ocean planning and management, to create a network of NGOs to work together and exchange ideas towards coastal and marine conservation in the Mediterranean. The network currently comprises 15 members and friends from nine Mediterranean countries.

    “Mare Nostrum is on! A new cooperation platform, a new network for our seas. AKTI promotes and supports the creation of a knowledge-based society with active and aware citizens.” said Xenia Loizidou, Director of AKTI, a Mare Nostrum Network member from Cyprus.  “We believe Mare Nostrum will be an important platform for building co operations and for promoting common concerns on the marine and coastal environment that is our entire life. All the best to our common effort that starts today!”

    Mediterranean coasts conservation

    The Mare Nostrum Network was launched with a survey of 43 NGOs in eleven Mediterranean countries (Albania, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Slovenia and Spain), following an initial outreach phase to 154 organizations. The full survey report is available online.

    “The results show that most organizations wish to exchange knowledge and engage in collaborative actions,” said Andrea Monge, Mare Nostrum Network coordinator at SPNI. “These organizations stressed the importance of going beyond information sharing and working on capacity building, particularly with regards to community involvement, communications and fundraising.”

    The NGOs were contacted to better understand the challenges they face and how the Mare Nostrum Network could help them.

    The first project supported by the Mare Nostrum Network is SOS Redes, launched by its member Hombre y Territorio. SOS Redes aims to quantify and mitigate the impact of discarded fishing gear in protected areas of the Alboran Sea. The Mare Nostrum Network has facilitated conversations between Hombre y Territorio and other Mediterranean NGOs with similar objectives. Discussions are underway to replicate and scale up the project.

    The Mare Nostrum Network has as its objectives:

    1. To provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and collaboration opportunities between Mediterranean NGOs, in order to reinforce marine and coastal conservation efforts.
    2. To develop the capacity of its members through a comprehensive list of tools, news, and grants for conservation in the Mediterranean region.
    3. To raise awareness among the public regarding environmental challenges in the Mediterranean, conservation efforts, and opportunities for involvement (volunteering, participating in campaigns, signing petitions).

    If you would like to learn more about the Mare Nostrum Network and how you can get involved, please visit our website.

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