Touching base for linking AMAre and PANACeA

PANACeA has been present at the Kick off Meeting of the EU Interreg Med modular project AMAre (Actions for Marine Protected Areas) in Italy on 15 and 16 December 2016. The objective was to introduce project partners to the role of PANACeA as a horizontal project in supporting and capitalizing the work and results of AMAre together with those stemming from other 8 modular projects with the same objective; biodiversity conservation.

Organized in Torre Guaceto in Italy, one of the several Marine Protected Areas participating in AMAre, the event gathered 15 delegates representing project participants from Italy, Greece, France, Malta and Spain who had a chance to introduce their main area of expertise and their role regarding the implementation of AMAre’s activities.

The AMAre project is led by CoNISMa (the Italian Inter-University Consortium for Marine Sciences) and intends to study the intensive use of marine space in the Mediterranean Sea, which should entail an integrated management approach to avoid cumulative impacts and user conflicts. This initiative aims to identify innovative pilot actions in Marine Protected Areas through shared methodologies and geospatial tools for assessing stress factors and a coordinated environmental monitoring of the marine space.