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Ocean Night: helping society understand the importance of the marine ecosystem

Project description

Raising awareness of the importance of the marine ecosystem

Life started in the ocean more than 3.5 billion years ago. Nowadays oceans represent the largest ecosystem on Earth, covering more than 70% of its surface. Billions of humans live in coastal areas and rely on well-functioning marine ecosystems for their survival. Unfortunately, this great resource is being damaged by human activities, both direct, like overfishing, and indirect like global warming. The EU-funded OCEAN NIGHT project will raise awareness of this ecosystem’s importance and the challenges it faces. The project will bring together all public research institutes across Spain working on marine science for a comprehensive two-year outreach programme of events aimed at engaging a geographically wide and socially diverse set of regions within the country.

Objective

Life started in the oceans. Oceans cover the majority of Earth's surface and are the single largest ecosystem on the planet. Billions of humans live in coastal areas and depend on the functioning of this ecosystem to live. Unfortunately, human activities are seriously endangering the health of the marine ecosystem. It is therefore critical to raise awareness of the richness of this ecosystem, its importance, the challenges it faces and what we, as citizens of the world, can do to improve and preserve it through our personal choices. With the MCSA Researchers Night proposal Ocean Night we aim to contribute to this challenge by raising marine science literacy across the general population and promoting the appreciation of the importance of the marine ecosystem. Our proposal brings together all public Research Institutes across Spain working on marine science for a comprehensive 2-years outreach program. We will leverage the substantial outreach experience of the Institutes to deliver a diverse and coherent program of events aimed at engaging a geographically wide and socially diverse set of regions within Spain.

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Net EU contribution
€ 299 602,00
Address
CALLE SERRANO 117
28006 Madrid
Spain

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
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