The HARMONY Project: protecting marine biodiversity in the Italo-Maltese area
with common strategies and the involvement of local communities

The objectives of the HARMONY Project are the protection of marine biodiversity by assessing seabed integrity and the presence of nonindigenous species (NIS) in the Italo-Maltese cross-border area, promoting the development of coordinated strategies and shared decision making processes. Consistent with this approach, the HARMONY project foreseen the following actions:

  • Monitoring surveys and validation of monitoring protocols on the seabed integrity and non-indigenous species in Natura 2000 sites
  • Innovative seabed integrity and non-indigenous species monitoring techniques based on the involvement of citizens through Local Ecological Knowledge (LEK)
  • Activation of listening and co-design processes that involve stakeholder and decision makers in order to elaborate shared strategy and action plan

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