While we all depend on healthy seas, the state of our seas also depends on us. We believe that involvement of local communities is key to achieving lasting marine protection. When a Marine Protected Area is well managed it entails a list of positive benefits for the environment, the communities that live near the area and its’ visitors.
Therefore, during 2019/2020, with support of the Marilles Foundation Save the Med will implement a new pilot project called “Discover your MPA Sa Dragonera”. The aim of this new project is to invite the communities of Sant Elm, Port Andratx, S'Arraco and Andratx participate and take ownership of a new, community-driven campaign that optimizes the conservation of the Marine Protected Area of Sa Dragonera.
The purpose of the campaign is to strengthen the connection between the people who live around Sa Dragonera and their Marine Protected Area. By highlighting all the benefits of a well-managed Marine Protected Area for stakeholders, neighbours and visitors, and co-creating cultural and educational events and activities the campaign aims to inspire and empower the broader community to actively care for the underwater environment surrounding their homes.
As a first collaborative activity Save The Med launched the PhotoCollab in July 2019. This photographic collaboration, contrary to a competition, encouraged people to join forces and together participate in the active care for their marine reserve by photographing the biodiversity of Sa Dragonera. Their joint efforts will reveal Sa Dragonera marine reserve’s fascinating life through the creation and exhibition of a big collage of photos, sent in by the participants and composed by the local artist Emma Glinski. In addition, your photo will feature in the marine reserve’s species database, showcasing Sa Dragonera’s richness and biodiversity. The exhibition will be open to everyone during the month of November and combined with activities for children and youth.