Cooperation with the Italians began: BIOPRESSADRIA project holds Kick-off meeting in Monfalcone

biopressadria kick-off

The kick-off meeting of the BIOPRESSADRIA project for the protection of biodiversity along the Adriatic coast took place on April 11th and 12th in Monfalcone.

In the BIOPRESSADRIA project, funded under the Interreg Italy-Croatia Cross-Border Cooperation Program, Sunce is partnering with seven Italian and Croatian nature conservation organizations. Those partners are public institutions for protected areas of Dubrovnik-Neretva and Split-Dalmatia counties, the Kornati National Park, the Consortium for the Coordination of Research on the Venice Lagoon System – Corila, the Consortium for the Management of the Marine Protected Area of Porto Cesareo in Puglia, the scientific organization SELC from Venice, and the Municipality of Monfalcone as the lead partner.

The project officially began

During the two-day kick-off meeting, project partners, welcomed by Monfalcone Mayor Anne Marie Cisint, discussed the action plan for project implementation by defining goals, tasks, deadlines, and responsibilities. Marin Miletić from the Joint Secretariat of the Interreg Italy-Croatia Program was also present, introducing partners to the fundamental principles of the project’s administrative and financial management.

The BIOPRESSADRIA project includes analysis, monitoring, education, and awareness-raising. It also includes implementation of concrete actions for the protection and restoration of marine habitats, such as setting up environmentally friendly anchorages to protect marine flora and informing sailors about the distribution of seagrass meadows.

– We have previously collaborated with partners on the SASPAS project, whose main goal was conserving and restoring seagrass meadows through the installation of safe anchorages, pilot transplants of seagrass meadows, monitoring activities, and defining an integrated management system for seagrass meadows in the Adriatic. We continue our excellent collaboration on this project, – commented Matea Špika, project manager at Sunce.

Another advocacy activity by Sunce

The BIOPRESSADRIA project is part of Sunce’s continuous commitment to nature conservation and the promotion of sustainable tourism, which is also expressed through active participation in European projects and cross-border partnerships to address common issues.

– At Sunce, we pay great attention to involving various stakeholders in such processes to better identify pressures and, consequently, address activities and solutions for the protection of marine and coastal habitats, – highlighted Ana Miletić from Sunce.