WHAT WE DO
MedGardens is a collaborative initiative that invites stakeholders to become Custodians of a ‘micro garden’ in the Mediterranean Sea. Each garden is a fusion of science, citizen engagement, and public administration support in a joint effort to regenerate the sea and create awareness.
Scientific research is the foundation of MedGardens.
All activities can be undertaken by MedGardens Scientific Team and anyone with the required training:
- Location scouting & selection
- Transplants & reinforcement of underwater forests
- Continuous monitoring of MedGardens (biodiversity / abundance)
- Collaborative experiments
- Data analyses & writing
Scientific and community dissemination will ensure knowledge transferability.
Tourists and locals become “underwater gardeners” and are invited to participate in the scientific operations of MedGardens. This task will be undertaken in collaboration with the Sea Watchers platform: a Marine Citizen Science program with over 10 scientific projects that allows any citizen to participate in the scientific project.
This provides a great opportunity for diving and watersports companies to design a catalog of restorative & sustainable touristic experiences such as:
- Seagrass and algae transplants and nurseries
- Identification & monitoring of marine species
- Detection of invasive species
- Monitoring microplastics
- Beach & underwater cleanups
MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS & EDUCATION
Creation of new spaces and tools to highlight the value of the marine heritage and resources:
- Centers of interpretation
- School programs
- Public events
- Beach walks & talks
“Why is it that scuba divers and surfers are some of the strongest advocates of ocean conservation? Because they’ve spent time in and around the ocean, and they’ve personally seen the beauty, the fragility, and even the degradation of our planet’s blue heart.”