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Enhancing social well being and economic prosperity by reinforcing the eFFECTIVEness of protection and restoration management in Mediterranean MPAs

On February 27, 2024, the esteemed partners of the EFFECTIVE project gathered at the facilities of the project coordinator, Centro Tecnológico Naval y del Mar (CTN) in Murcia, Spain, for a pivotal consortium meeting. This event marked a significant milestone in our journey towards marine conservation and restoration. 

The meeting provided a valuable opportunity for reflection, allowing us to review the strides made during the first 9 months of the project and chart a course for the future. Partners from across the consortium presented the progress achieved in their respective work packages, highlighting key accomplishments and sharing insights gained from their collaborative efforts. 

One of the highlights of the meeting was the collaborative spirit that permeated the discussions. Partners engaged in fruitful exchanges, sharing best practices, lessons learned, and innovative ideas to propel the project forward. From groundbreaking research initiatives to impactful community engagement strategies, each partner’s contributions underscored the collective commitment to our shared goals. 

Among the topics discussed were the implementation of nature-based solutions, stakeholder engagement initiatives, and the development of innovative digital tools to support ecosystem management. Partners outlined their plans and next steps for the upcoming period, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and synergy across work packages. 

As we move forward, the consortium remains dedicated to advancing marine conservation and restoration efforts in the Mediterranean region. By harnessing the expertise and resources of our diverse partners, we aim to drive positive change and create a lasting impact on marine ecosystems. 

The EFFECTIVE project consortium meeting in Murcia served as a testament to the power of collaboration and collective action in addressing complex environmental challenges. With renewed determination and a shared vision, we look ahead to the next phase of our journey, confident in our ability to make a meaningful difference for our oceans and coastal communities. 

Stay tuned for further updates as we continue our mission to protect and restore the Blue Natural Capital of the Mediterranean. Together, we can create a sustainable future for generations to come.