WWF Mediterranean Initiative bulletin: Issue 4 / March 2014Gyaros, in the Aegean Sea, Greece
The Spanish Government has granted permission to drill an undetermined number of exploratory wells in ultra-deep waters off the eastern coast of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, both islands declared Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO. The area is also among the most important global sites for cetaceans and many other endangered species. This decision has been taken unilaterally by the central government despite strong opposition from institutions and civil society of the Canaries, firmly committed to sustainable development and the use of renewable energy. They have joined in a common front to fight against oil drilling plans. All support is crucial to avoid this huge environmental threat. Please sign and share this petition.
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An MPA should be a place for the spillover of good ideas. Terre@mare is an innovative project in which WWF Italy uses the Web and online tools to monitor and map the Miramare MPA in the gulf of Trieste. The resources are then made available to tourists, sea watchers and divers whose online visits and contributions make them participants in the project. Read more.