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SEATY: local marine conservation areas The SEATY project is the result of a collaboration between Fastweb and Worldrise, a non-profit organisation that is recognised worldwide as one of the most innovative associations dealing with the conservation and value enhancement of the marine environment Seaty aims to effectively and participatively protect stretches of the Mediterranean coastline of particular ecological value by establishing local marine conservation areas. Through a comprehensive strategy encompassing education, awareness-raising and scientific research, creating synergies with local institutions and fostering culture and employment, these areas become a platform for the community and the general public to learn about the sea, its biodiversity and, above all, to learn how to care for it.
Golfo Aranci Project The first local marine conservation area will be established in Golfo Aranci (SS), in the north-eastern part of Sardinia. The sea area stretches for about 1,300 metres from Baracconi beach, behind Capo Figari, to Cala Moresca, located a few minutes from the centre of Golfo Aranci. The identified area partially belongs to a Site of Community Importance (SCI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA), both of which are part of the Natura 2000 Network for the Conservation of Biological Diversity within the European Union. The area is characterised by high biodiversity, both in terms of marine flora and fauna: a colony of coastal dolphin has established itself in the waters of Golfo Aranci where there also are Posidonia oceanica meadows which are home to more than 400 plant species and a thousand animal species.
To achieve the conservation and awareness-raising objectives of the project, citizen science events for adults, workshops and educational activities in local schools, information and publicity posters on the coast and underwater, beach and seabed cleaning activities, coastal marine monitoring, practical training courses on marine conservation and snorkelling activities led by marine biologists will be performed. The project entails the direct involvement and participation of the local community, and its main objective will be achieved when local people organise themselves and take care of it, supported by associations and organisations operating in the area.