San Lawrenz seminar to mark the end of PANACEA Project

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San Lawrenz seminar to mark the end of PANACEA ProjectThe San Lawrenz Local Council is organising a seminar to mark the end of the PANACEA- Italia-Malta EU Project.

The Council is inviting interested participants to attend a seminar being organised under the project P.A.N.A.C.E.A – Promozione Aree Naturali Attraverso Centri di Educazione Ambientale (the Protection, Conservation and Promotion of National Parks, Reserves and Protected Areas), part-financed under the Italia-Malta Operational Programme 2007-2013.

The seminar will include the screening of the three underwater documentaries shot within the project, a visit to the Dwejra marine environmental education centre, as well as talks on environmental education, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the local diving industry.

The project aims to promote the sound scientific management of biodiversity assets within Maltese and Sicilian MPAs through environmental educational centres. The Local Council of San Lawrenz is implementing this project in partnership with the University of Malta, the Province of Siracusa (Sicily), the Province of Palermo (Sicily) and the Municipality of Lampedusa (Italy).

The seminar is taking place at the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz on Monday, the 16th September 2013.

Participation for the seminar is free of charge, however due to limited seating capacity, prior registration is required by no later than noon, Friday, the 13th of September 2013 by sending an email to or by calling +356 21563556, specifying the name, occupation, organisation, email address and/or telephone number of the person attending the event.

PANACEA Final Seminar programme is as follows:


9:00 – 9:15 Registration

Welcome Address Mr Anthony Formosa – Mayor, San Lawenz Local Council

9:15 – 9:30 Overview of PANACEA Project Dr Alan Deidun – Senior Lecturer, Physical Oceanography Unit, University of Malta

9:30 – 10:15 Screening of Documentary

10:15 – 10:30 Speech by Hon. Dr. Anton Refalo – Minister for Gozo

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:15 Speech by Architect Vince Cassar – Chairman, Malta Environment and Planning Authority

11:15 – 11:40 From Environmental Information to Environmental Education Prof. Paul J. Pace – Director, Centre for Environmental Education and Research, University of Malta

11:40 – 12:05 Sustainable Tourism in Gozo Prof. Lino Briguglio – Director, Institute for Islands and Small States, University of Malta

12:05 – 12:30 The Importance of Environmental Awareness to the Diving Industry in Gozo Mr Patrick Vella – SalpaSub

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Visit to the Marine Environmental Education Centre, Dwejra, San Lawrenz, Gozo

The Underwater Assets of the Maltese Islands Dr Alan Deidun – Senior Lecturer, Physical Oceanography Unit, University of Malta

3:00 End of Seminar Return to Hotel Kempinski.

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