Raising the future guardians of our Mediterranean coasts

The Region of Central Macedonia in collaboration with the Municipality of Themaikos involve high school students in the preservation of coastal ecosystems

The Independent Directorate of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Support of the Region of Central Macedonia in collaboration in cooperation with the Municipality of Thermaikos organised an event that was addressed to high school students, in order to highlight the importance of Posidonia oceanica in the framework of the implementation of the POSBEMED2 project.

Approximately 70 high school students of Anatolia College participated in the voluntary action to clean the coast from rubbish. The activity was in line with the foundamentals of the school, which seeks to combine social contribution with learning by developing students' passion for volunteering and by also allowing them to develop skills in an experiential way, carrying out actions that satisfy their interests and at the same time that contribute to the protection of the environment.

Nikolaos Papadopoulos, member of the Department of European Programs and Collaborations of the Independent Directorate of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the RCM, introduced to the students the characteristics of the habitat of Posidonia oceanica, stressing its ecological importance as a structural component of the wider marine and coastal ecosystem of Mediterranean sea. The discussions also evolved around how Posidonia oceanica banquettes and sand dunes are a unique Mediterranean asset and how their management through Nature Based Solutions provides direct and indirect environmental benefits.

On behalf of the Municipality of Thermaikos, Ms Anastasia Kasapi addressed the importance of the area, which as a Natura 2000 protected area, is a very rich wetland with very high biodiversity. Voluntary actions to protect the natural environment and biodiversity were also encouraged, in order to mitigate the threats of anthropogenic pressures exerted on the coastal environment.

The event was held on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in the pilot site of Potamos Epanomi of the Municipality of Thermaikos and gathered local bodies of Thermaikos Municipality and the Region of Central Macedonia.

In the context of informing the public about the importance of Posidonia oceanica, an informative video was created by the Region of Central Macedonia, which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh0x0YF7Bj0