Witnesses of a Warming Sea

How Local Ecological Knoledge can be a valid monitoring tool on a large geographical scale. Differents videos elaborated by the National Institute for Environmental Protection and research of Italy (ISPRA) provide very good examples of partnerships between local communities and scientific research.

The Mediterranean Sea is changing before our eyes. If you look closely we would discover that many tropical species are progressively invading the coast. Unoticed novelties among unaware tourists.

Documenting the change of the sea is not easy. Mounting climate crisis require us to think and behave differently to address conservation problems on large scale to explore new approaches.  When people live in and have an intimate relationship with the natural environment they can observe any changes during their daily activities. Also the information gather from the stakeholders of the marine protected areas are really precious. For instance, fishermen are those who could monitor what is going on in the sea with respect climate

How can monitor our sea?

Local knowlegde matters for enviromental monitoring and management. It may provide ecological information on a large scale, thus contributing to conservation. Empowiring the voices of local communities improve our capacity to understand and cope with the ongoing changes.

In the framework of the MPA-ADAPT project, ISPRA has prepared several videos explaining how Local Ecological knowledge can be a valid monitoring tool on a large geographical scale. Two documentaries with the title Witnesses of a Warming Sea, providing examples from the changes due to climate change identified in the the marine protected areas of the MPA-ADAPT project.

Also, the ISPRA has developed a video tutorial that will help to build a network for participatory monitoring of the ongoing environmental changes through sharing common practices and protocols across the Mediterranean region.