Protecting our sea, together
The Adriatic Sea is a unique environment. Enclosed between two peninsulas and bordered by 6 countries, it hosts a rich variety of species.
Many people base their livelihoods directly on marine resources, from fishermen to the tourism sector, and millions depend on the ecosystem services provided by the sea. But this precious environment is threatened by the impact of human activities: overfishing, litter, unsustainable tourism and climate change are among the factors that could hinder the future availability of resources for all.
Since natural resources are shared across borders and economic sectors, they should be managed collaboratively: in the GEF Adriatic project, we are working with different stakeholders to build a sustainable blue economy. We ask all those involved with the marine environment to unite and take action for its protection.
Researchers can shape marine resource management by supporting the implementation of tools such as the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme, which makes it possible to base development opportunities on scientific knowledge and data. Furthermore, engaging citizens and policy makers in scientific research can be an effective way to mobilize more people to act for a sustainable sea.
Action by public authorities is essential to ensure that the impacts of human activities on the marine environment are minimized. Through regular contacts with scientists and diverse public actors, decision makers should ensure that they have an integrated view of all the stakes and issues, and they are aware of which ones need to be addressed with priority.
Any member of the public, from beach goers to fishermen, can have a positive impact on the marine environment. Being aware of the things we leave behind, from fishing nets to organic waste, and taking action to reduce all types of waste, helps to preserve natural habitats. Furthermore, we must always be aware of local regulations, especially in protected areas, to do our part to preserve places and species of great ecological value.