The third Steering Committee meeting of the 银河登陆网站 project, the only Interreg Italia-马耳他 2020 Programme project currently coordinated by the 大学 of 马耳他, was held earlier this week in the archaeological museum on the island of Lipari in the Aeolian Islands. During the same meeting, progress in the identification and procurement of the latest digital media and projection facilities, whilst the project partners were also taken on a guided visit to the bronze age village on Capo Graziano, situated on the far-flung island of Filicudi.
These edutainment facilities and assets include Virtual and Augmented Reality classes, 三维模型, latest-generation interactive panels, WIFI-operated underwater CCTV cameras, multispectral drones, smartphone apps, the gaming approach, a mobile exhibition, underwater documentaries streamed on social media and even a boat crossing between Sicily and 马耳他 and vice-versa, serving as an ocean literacy platform). The millennial historic connections between the Maltese and Aeolian Islands were also expounded upon by the current director of the Luigi Bernabo Brea archaeological museum on Lipari.
The project will run for 30 months, until 13 May 2023, with a total budget of slightly over 1.5 million euros. The three Maltese partners on the project (the 大学 of 马耳他, the ERA and Heritage 马耳他) have a combined budget exceeding 800,000欧元. From an international perspective, the project is consistent with the UN’s Decade for Ocean Sciences (2021-2030). From a European perspective, the project is consistent with the Green Deal and the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy, which was rolled out in May 2020. From a Maltese/local perspective, the project is consistent with ERA’s obligation to conduct a dissemination strategy for local marine Natura 2000 sites, which collectively cover a total area equivalent to 35% of our Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ), in excess of 4100km2, or 14 times the terrestrial area of the Maltese archipelago.
银河登陆网站 is coordinated by 教授. 艾伦Deidun from the Department of Geosciences, with the direct participation of Dr Adam Gauci, Mr Johann Galdies, Mr Marco Iannacone and Ms Jessica Busuttil 也. The project builds on the legacy of a previously-funded Italia-马耳他 project – PANACEA – which also saw the participation of 教授. 艾伦Deidun, completed in 2013, and which saw the opening of the first-ever marine environmental education centre in Dwejra, Gozo, a centre which was bestowed in August 2019 with the Gozo Tourism Achievement Award.
Iconic species and habitats found within the marine Natura 2000 sites interested by the project will feature within the dissemination material to be produced. The project aims to contribute to the responsible enjoyment of local marine NATURA 2000 sites (MPAs) through a diverse array of edutainment tools which represent both an awareness-generation resource 也 as a means of informal education for a varied spectrum of audiences. These edutainment tools include both non-mobile/fixed assets and mobile ones, which will be installed, with the consent of Heritage 马耳他 and the MTA, within four of 马耳他’s most iconic public Museums located on the coast or in close propinquity to local Natura 2000 sites – i.e. the 马耳他 Maritime Museum in Birgu, the Natural History Museum in Mdina, the Ghar Dalam Museum, the Hagar Qim/Mnajdra visitors centre and the White Tower Bay museum