Sicily and Tunisia team up to regrow seagrass

Environmentally friendly protective barriers to be erected

18 February, 14:11

    (ANSAmed) - MODICA, FEB 18 - Fostering the regrowth of Posidonia oceanica, a species of seagrass native to the Mediterranean, and erecting protective environmentally friendly barriers to enable their spread is the aim of a project by Italy and Tunisia.

    The project is called 'Innovative Methodologies and Strengthening Actions to Protect the Mediterranean Environment' and is being led by Arpa Sicilia with the partners l'Institut Supérieur de Biotechnologie de Sidi Thabet, the University of Catania (two departments), the Faculté des Sciences of Tunis, the Ecole Supérieure des Ingénieurs de Medjez El Bab, Mediterraneo Consulting, and FLAG Golfi di Castellammare e Carini.

    The main design phases have recently been illustrated at Modica's Palazzo della Cultura in the presence of representatives of the partners - some of which through an online connection, such as Tunisian ones - and the Sicily regional government, which will be the authority for the management of the project.

    Among the speeches made was one by Emanuela Valiante, coordinator of the joint Italy-Tunisia technical secretariat of the project, representing the regional government.

    "The project is part of a European Union neighbourhood policy and is also a 'bridge project' for new planning, in which environmental protection is one of the key pillars," she said.

    Arpa division director Mare Vincenzo Ruvolo and Mediterraneo Consulting coordinator Paolo Ferlisi also spoke. della Mediterraneo Consulting.

    "The project aims to strengthen and rehabilitate the Mediterranean environment," Ruvolo said, "through the transfer of EU-funded activities already completed to countries with the same marine habitat as ours. Thus, with the help of our Tunisian partners and the University of Catania we will proceed, having identified suitable areas, to the replanting of Posidonia oceanica and the creating of works for its protection that will make it possible to maintain over the long term." (ANSAmed).

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