Relation of Humans with Aquatic Ecosystems

human aquatic Water is the source of all life on Earth. Aquatic ecosystems are an integral piece of human history for survival and evolution, contributing a significant part to the creation of societies by the way it is known. The connection between humans and the marine ecosystem is one that is evolving abreast and changing through time. The investigation of all these connections through time is a new scientific sector, which contributes effectively to the detection of solutions for today. In iSea we believe that the research of the historical interactions of local Greek communities and aquatic ecosystems could conduce a better understanding of social factors associated to protection, management and the application of better practices.

This study is a collaborative project involving the Department of Biology of the University of Padova (Italy), iSea (Greece), MER (Cyprus), OGS (National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics, Italy), CHAM - Portuguese Center for Global History, FCSH/NOVA University (Portugal), A.P.C.M. (Portugal), ÇOMÜ (Turkey) ICM (Spain), NIWA (New Zealand), Planeta Océano (Peru), BALYENA (Philipines and Japan), University of Tirana (Albania) and Dutch Shark Society (Holland), Murdoch University (Australia) and Deakin University (Australia)

Children’s drawings are an innovative and powerful tool which can overcome linguistic barriers and effectively gather information on children’s perception by opening a window into their representational world. The aim of the project is to investigate how children perceive the marine environment, detect misconceptions, identify marine species that could serve as flag species for public awareness and investigate the role of culture on children’s perception of the marine environment by analysing their drawings.

Through a short and simple free online questionnaire, translated into 23 languages, it is the first attempt to investigate the differences in public perception towards cetaceans between regions and countries.