Tirana, Albania – We are happy to announce that PPNEA will be participating in the Porto Palermo Festival! This exciting new initiative brings together individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting responsible tourism and preserving the natural beauty of the Porto Palermo area.

PPNEA will raise awareness about the conservation of the endangered Mediterranean monk seal, a cause that lies close to the heart of our initiatives. Through a series of engaging activities and educational activities, PPNEA aims to shed light on the urgent need to protect the habitat of these endangered species.

As part of the festival, we invite all environmental enthusiasts and nature lovers to join us in a special clean-up activity at the beautiful Porto Palermo area.

The Porto Palermo Festival will kick off on July 8th with a focus on improving and cleaning the sea and castle’s surroundings. The festival will also include activities aimed at creating awareness among tourists and visitors, as well as educating the youth to drive a lasting impact on the region.

Don’t miss out on this momentous occasion! Secure your spot by registering through the link: Marevivo – Porto Palermo Edition (google.com).

Stay tuned for more information and updates on the Porto Palermo Festival by following our social media channels and visiting our website.

About Eastern Adriatic Monk Seal Project:

The Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) is the rarest seal in the world and the most endangered marine mammal in Europe. According to the most reliable estimates, there are less than 700 individuals left worldwide. In the North Atlantic, two subpopulations exist one at Cabo Blanco (“Cap Blanc”) at the border of Mauritania and Western Sahara and one at the Archipelago of Madeira. More than half of the remaining population lives in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, and some are occasionally sighted along the coast of the Adriatic Sea. It was once widely and continuously distributed in the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, and in the North Atlantic but today the distribution of the Mediterranean monk seal is highly fragmented and consists of three to four isolated subpopulations.

The status of the monk seal in the Eastern Adriatic is known, suitable resting and pupping areas are mapped and conservation recommendations are formulated.  PPNEA has to carry out a monitoring of the species and its habitat. They will be supported by a local, educated network and international experts. The programme goal is “The species is in urgent need of immediate and effective conservation and management measures. The habitats need to be identified and protected, along the shore and also in the Sea. To reach the goals, the status of the monk seal population must be known, and suitable habitats for pupping and resting must be mapped”.

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