Aquatic ecosystems are an integral part of human history, contributing to the survival and evolution of human communities. The human relationship with aquatic ecosystems evolved changing rapidly from era to era. A significant percentage of the world's population now lives in coastal ecosystems and depends heavily on the ecosystem services they provide. Exploring these relationships over time is a new innovative branch of science that can effectively contribute to finding solutions for today. At iSea we believe that the study of the interaction that Greek local communities have historically had with aquatic ecosystems can help to better understand the social factors related to conservation and management and contribute significantly to the development of more effective practices.
ON GOING PROJECTS
Marine Protected Areas
iSea aims to improve and strengthen the protection within the existing Marine Protected Areas, but also to expand their coverage, in line with the European Union commitments and working towards a healthy planet in the context of the sustainable development.
Pick the Alien
All actions of the project "Pick The Alien" will contribute to the goal of creating a strong alliance between stakeholders aiming at the promotion of responsible seafood consumption and particularly the replacement of native and especially apex predator species with edible alien species contributing in the holistic protection of the marine environment.
Learn-Participate-Protect the environment
This is the most critical decade to address key global environmental issues, which requires the transition of the economy and society to a sustainable future. In this context, the European Green Deal sets climate and environmental goals, but also the necessary steps, policies, and initiatives to achieve them.
RiskMan project is an Erasmus+ project that aims to strengthen the Educational Capacity for Risk Management of Non-Native Aquatic Species in the Western Balkan Region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro) by promoting the education of stakeholders and higher education students and stimulate cooperation among the target countries
MARINE Education and COmmunication network on the MEDiterranean
The MARINE_ECOMED Project is framed to promote research and cooperation within the Mediterranean region in the field of sustainable management of marine and coastal areas, innovative communication and education strategies to support its implementation
Become Kookoonari: An experiential program to create zero waste schools
The program "Become Kookoonari: An experiential program to create zero waste schools" aims to promote waste reduction through experiential workshops and educational activities for adults and children!
Marine Biodiversity Citizen Science Summer School
Only together we can do it! In nature there are no discriminations: an environmental education and awareness raising program for people with disabilities.
The proposal submitted in collaboration with iSea and the Center of Employment, Training and Daily Care of Disabled "Children of Spring", that belongs to the Charitable Non-Profit Association of Parents and Guardians of Disabled in Imathia, is implemented within the Points of Support Program, a joint initiative by the TIMA Charitable Foundation, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the Hellenic Hope charity organization, and the Bodossaki Foundation.
Evaluating the attitudes of common people towards sharks
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), Deakin University (Australia), Des Requins et des Hommes (France), Women4Oceans (Japan) and South African National Biodiversity Institute (South Africa).
Children perception of marine environment
Children’s drawings are an innovative and powerful tool that 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 analyzing their drawings.
The aim of the project is to investigate the occurrence of medicinal substances in the muscle tissue of commercial fish species, the assessment of their concentrations, but also to simultaneously raise awareness and update the wider public about proper management of medicines.