Public engagement and awareness has been a major goal for KOSAMARE since its conception. Our office in the harbour of Fiskardo is a museum, with artefacts and information that exhibit the marine environment and local history. Our displays include skeletons of a Cuvier’s beaked whale, Mediterranean monk seal, and loggerhead turtle. Our wall displays showcase the species that we work with, so that visitors can gain an understanding of the local marine environment.
Our beach cleaning activities engage local people and tourists directly in the preservation of the sea. We have worked locally with the school in Fiskardo to provide education sessions that engage children.
Understanding how people connect to the sea is important to successfully engage them in sustainable management of the marine environment, and to inspire a sense of stewardship towards the sea. Along with the interest to science, the marine environment has a significant place in the culture, myth and folklore of these Ionian Islands. We would like to showcase the story of the sea in a manner that provokes enthusiasm for conservation.
Waste is a major problem for the Mediterranean, an almost entirely enclosed sea with a large dense coastal population. We are running waste collection initiatives on land and sea. Check out some of our projects.
Public engagement and awareness has been a major goal for KOSAMARE since its conception. In partnership with Fiskardo Divers, we have been installing an environmental museum in the office and an underwater museum so that visitors and divers can gain an understanding of the local marine environment.