10 Jan Triton Research inaugurates the new year with the start of a new project, LIFE CONCEPTU Maris
Edited by Giulia Luzi
Today officially marks the start of the CONCEPTU MARIS project funded by the European instrument LIFE [LIFE20 NAT/IT/001371] “Conservation of Cetaceans and Pelagic sea Turtles in the Mediterranian: Managing Actions for their Recovery In Sustainability”.
The project was thought up over a year ago, based on the knowledge that the Mediterranean Sea is undergoing serious changes due to increasing anthropogenic pressures.
On this front, cetaceans and pelagic sea turtles, are among the most charismatic and important species of our seas, and they are currently at great risk in terms of conservation.
Their ecological value is undeniable: they are defined as bio-indicators of marine health, precisely because their well-being reflects the integrity of the marine ecosystem in all its components, animals, plants and non-living formations.
The CONCEPTU Maris project will face many challenges in the years to come, attempting to bring solutions to numerous gaps in the conservation of Mediterranean cetaceans and turtles:
Gather information on the spatiotemporal ecological needs of target species, mapping areas of importance that are key for their conservation;
Gather information on key threats for mapping high-risk areas/seasons where implementation of conservation measures will be a priority;
Define an effective standard approach for long-term surveillance of the conservation status of different species in their range;
Foster international cooperation for the development and adoption of agreed-upon procedures to support the identification of important areas and for the long-term surveillance of the conservation status of target species.
Among Triton, there are domestic and international partners, that will accompany us in this adventure:
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