The endless beauty of our sea and Marine Protected Areas, but also the vulnerability, the impacts of climate change, local communities, scientific research, and adaptation: these are the subjects of a series of short videos for the social media starting the first of March that will be presented by the Interreg Med projects MPA Engage and MPA Networks.  

The video series will be inaugurated by an exceptional testimonial, the famous French freediver Guillaume Néry. This is a new communication initiative aimed at showing the ongoing changes happening in the marine ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea and promoting a rapid and deep transformation of our unsustainable lifestyle.  

The impacts of climate change along the Mediterranean coast and the actions taken by Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to front them are told with a series of 20 videopills. Which are the main threats? How can we deal with them working together?  

The series has the slogan “Act Local, Think Mediterranean”: these four words summarise the need of taking concrete actions inspired by a shared vision of development, collaboration and future for the marine environment and coastal communities. A Mediterranean strategy based on Marine Protected Areas for a collective response to an increasingly serious problem, that of climate change.  

The opening video features the famous French freediver Guillame Néry in 60 powerful and poetic seconds that recall how the sea is a fragile environment, linked to our very survival, an environment to be protected with care now more than ever, because time is running out. The following episodes tell the commitment of MPAs in safeguarding our sea, the discovery of new invasive species, the mass mortality events that happen hidden from our eyes beneath the surface, the strength of the network for adopting common strategies against a common problem. New and old problems for the Mediterranean, addressed today by Mediterranean MPAs through the collaboration of researchers with the coastal communities.