Who we are

The Cinque Terre National Park and Marine Protected Area was established with a decree   of the Ministry of Environment of December 12th, 1997, and it includes the municipalities   of Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Monterosso and a small part of Levanto. The purpose of the   Cinque Terre Marine Protected Area is to protect and enhance the natural, chemical and   physical characteristics and the marine as well as coastal biodiversity, especially through   environmental recovery measures, with the collaboration of the academic and scientific   world. For these reasons, the Board promotes constant scientific research programs and  environmental safeguard actions, aiming at checking the area and foster an environmental sustainable development. The Park and MPA pays particular attention to the enhancement of the traditional activities, of the local cultures, of the eco-friendly tourism and to the use of the socially sensitive categories.

Legambiente ONLUS born in 1980, Legambiente is one of the most important Italian   environmentalist organization and it is strongly engaged on a wide front of environment   issues like water quality, waste management, air pollution sustainable mobility, circular   economy, education. The biodiversity protection is one of the mission components for   Legambiente, which is working hardly on marine litter also to improve the role of the Italian MPA,   institutions and citizens in general, in order to reduce and solve the problem.

ISPRA - Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research. ISPRA is a   governmental research institute that acts under the vigilance and policy guidance of the   Italian Ministry for the Environment. ISPRA supports regulatory activities of the   Environmental Ministry at National and International level and possesses scientific skills to   integrate science with management and policy. 

The University of Barcelona (UB) is the second largest institution of higher education in   Spain. Within the University of Barcelona, the Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio)   gathers the personnel involved in the assessment and cataloguing of living forms and ecosystems, as well as the proper management and conservation of biodiversity including the identification and mitigation of threats.

MEDASSET Greece is a not-for-profit organization established in 1993, active in the study   and conservation of sea turtles and their habitats throughout the Mediterranean. It is a   partner to the UN Environmental Programme’s Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) and   a Permanent Observer-Member to the Bern Convention, Council of Europe.  MEDASSET’s   mission is to win a place for sea turtles in the hearts of the public and to establish them as   a flagship species for the conservation needs of marine and coastal biotopes throughout   the Mediterranean region.  It achieves its goals through scientific research, environmental   education, lobbying relevant decision makers, and raising public awareness. 

The University of Valencia (UV) is the outcome of more than five centuries of history   that have led to the accumulation of knowledge and unique documentary treasures,   making it one of the top Spanish universities. The Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity   and Evolutionary Biology (ICBiBE) headquarters resides in the Science Park of the UV. The Marine Zoology Unit (MZU) is a research group from the ICBiBE. The MZU research is concentrated on two main topics: conservation biology and parasitology (http://zoomar.blogs.uv.es).  Research on conservation biology focus on cetaceans and sea turtles. Since 1988, the MZU has acted as the scientific authority monitoring stranding of cetaceans and sea turtles in the Valencian Region and hosts the Mediterranean Database of Cetacean Stranding. In addition, the MZU has been coordinator of a EU’s Natura 2000 Network study for identify MPA for cetaceans and marine turtles in Spain. 

Capo Carbonara MPA is a marine protected area established in the 1998 by decree of   the Ministry of Environment and managed by the Municipality of Villasimius. The   area is located on the South East of Sardinia, in the Municipality of Villasimius (42 kilometres south of the city of Cagliari). It covers a marine area of 14.000 hectares and it is extended from Capo Boi (Western sector) to Punta Is Proceddus (North East), including the two main islands, Cavoli and Serpentara, and several rocky islets and submerged reefs. The MPA aiming at protecting sea and beaches included vegetal and animal species. The important natural values, enriched by a spectacular landscape, make this area of international importance for conservation. 

The École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), established in the Sorbonne in 1868,   is one of France’s ‘grands établissements’ where research is undertaken in Life and   Earth Sciences, Historical and Philological Sciences, and Religious Sciences. The   EPHE is developing research skills through immersion in research practice and tailors its programs to today’s ever-changing global scientific landscape. Its faculty members and its doctoral students are part of an intricate international network. Many of its teams have contracts with the CNRS and other renowned French organizations; it is part of PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres) Research University where it works hand-in-hand with other prestigious establishments. 

The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research is a governmental research organisation operating under the supervision of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. The HCMR comprises three Research Institutes: the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC), the Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters (IMBRIW) and the Institute of Oceanography (IO). HCMR has implemented many international projects on marine research funded by the EU and other IGOs.

EcoOcéan Institut is a NGO, created in 2004 and based in Montpellier (France). "If   the knowledge and the know-how are to be used in the best interests of all,   transmitting this knowledge is essential to multiply the positive effects of this   knowledge". Convinced of this, two doctors in cetology and marine ecology and   teachers created "EcoOcéan Institut" to combine research and educational activities.   The aim is to contribute to the improvement of scientific knowledge and lead to concrete, effective and sustainable protection actions and to involve decision-makers and the public in the conservation of marine vertebrates (cetaceans, seabirds and turtles) and their habitat. EcoOcéan Institut works for the study and protection of marine vertebrates and their habitat through scientific research, expertise and advice, education and environmental awareness, training and teaching.

Egadi Island MPA is experienced in macro marine litter monitoring between Sardinia and Sicily   in network with Capo carbonara MPA and can contribute to the project in institutional activities   and in building a network with Mediterranean MPAs, thanks to previous contacts and   relationship with foreign ones.