Enalia Physis and CEF in Palermo for the 1st BlueMissionMed Stakeholder Forum

We are very proud of Rebecca Katsaris who travelled a few days ago to Palermo, Italy, representing Enalia Physis Environmental Research Center and the Cyprus Environment Foundation (CEF) at a very special event: The ๐Ÿญ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—•๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐— ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—บ and the Mission โ€˜Restore our Ocean and waters by 2030โ€™- The Mediterranean lighthouse in action. The high-level event was organised by the European Commission in close cooperation with the Italian government, the Sicily Region, and the University of Palermo, with the support of the BlueMissionMed Co-ordination and Support Action.

Rebecca had a couple of fruitful and intense days of discussions, co-creation and networking among Mediterranean stakeholders, discovering many inspirational case studies and taking the opportunity to really see how everyone will be setting the scene for the next actions of the ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ. During the conference, Rebecca had the chance to present the project currently running since October 2022 and funded by the CEF: “๐™„๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™€๐™ฃ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ก ๐˜ผ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™จ ๐™๐™๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™ ๐™๐™๐™š ๐˜พ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐˜ผ๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™จ”. More specifically, Rebecca explained howย the Creative Arts can lead young children to gain a deeper understanding on why the marine life is essential, how to better comprehend the importance of protecting this planet on which we live, and how the ocean and humans are, essentially, inextricably interconnected.

The conference was also attended by the Sicily Environment Fundโ€™s (SEF) Communications Manager, Ambra Messina. Just as CEF, SEF, is one of the 19 local foundations of the Conservation Collectiveโ€™s (CC) global networking working to solve global issues through local solutions. Ambra connected with the Rebecca and discussed the possibility of collaborating and spreading the projectโ€™s outcomes and developed educational material and methodology in Sicily. Sharing good practices and helping promote local action through the CCโ€™s global network, is at the core of all affiliated foundationsโ€™ actions.

Since its beginning, the project has gained tremendous momentum in Cyprus engaging with children from public and private schools. In the course of this project, 20 educational creative workshops and 2 interactive puppetry live music shows were organized. The activities have been working to raise awareness on crucial local marine matters through music, the visual arts, movement, dance, drama and storytelling.

Amongst the projectโ€™s greatest achievements is receiving the official recognition of the European Commission. Through this, the European Commission assures that all actions of this project play a key role in delivering against and contributing to one or more of the following Mission Ocean and Waters objectives:

 

  1. Protect and restore marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity,in line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030
  2. Prevent and eliminate pollution of our ocean, seas and waters, in line with the EU Action Plan Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil
  3. Make the sustainable blue economy carbon-neutral and circular, in line with the proposed European Climate Law and the holistic vision enshrined in the Sustainable Blue Economy Strategy.

 

This recognition enables the project to be displayed on a dedicated website for theย Mission Charter Actionsย and includes it in Mission Ocean and Waters materials and tools.

This collaboration is predicted to increase the impact of the activities undertaken under the Mission at basin level and beyond, and raise more awareness.

If you find the projectโ€™s mission compelling, contact us and tell us how you can support the projectโ€™s next steps through funding or participating in the upcoming projectโ€™s activities.

Rebecca Katsaris representing Enalia Physis and the Cyprus Environment Foundation at the 1st BlueMissionMed Stakeholder Forum in Palermo, May 2023
The 1st BlueMissionMed Stakeholder Forum in Palermo, May 2023
The 1st BlueMissionMed Stakeholder Forum in Palermo, May 2023
Rebecca Katsaris presenting the projectโ€™s achievements at the high-level event organised by the European Commission in close cooperation with the Italian government, the Sicily Region, and the University of Palermo, Palermo, May 2023
Part of the activities which took place at the taking place at the Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo, May 2023