Public screening of underwater documentary focusing on Mgarr ix-Xini

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Public screening of underwater documentary focusing on Mgarr ix-XiniThe IOI-Malta Operational Centre (IOI-MOC) at the University of Malta held a complimentary public screening of two of the three PANACEA underwater documentaries, which focused on the Mgarr ix-Xini and Rdum Majjiesa Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s).

This was held earlier today at the Sir Temi Zammit Hall on campus. The Minister for Education and Employment, Evarist Bartolo attended the screening. Also in attendance were over 120 summer school students from Kids on Campus, who presented a small donation in aid of the Community Chest Fund to Minister Bartolo.

A complimentary copy of educational material produced within the PANACEA and MED-JELLYRISK projects was presented to the Minister and to the students in attendance.

The latest screening event was the brainchild of Dr Alan Deidun, PANACEA Project Manager at the IOI-MOC, who also acted as executive producer of the three PANACEA documentaries, along with Pedja Miletic (Director, Monolith Limited) and veteran underwater cameraman Shaun Arrigo.

Three other public screenings of the same documentaries had been organised previously, for different audiences and at different venues, in order to exploit as much as possible the educational potential of the three underwater documentaries.

In the words of Minister Bartolo, Malta is excellently placed to serve as a hub for ocean literacy, with facilities for education on marine issues on the increase, such that ocean literacy themes could possibly one day be entrenched within the local school curriculum.

Minister Bartolo praised the initiative and encouraged the IOI-MOC and Dr Alan Deidun to proceed with such work, which is yielding important outputs, useful for the educational, environmental and tourism domains.

PANACEA is a project funded under the Operational Programme Italia-Malta 2007-2013 within which both the University of Malta and the San Lawrenz Local Council are partners.

The marine environmental education centre at Dwejra was opened in March 2013 within the same project.

The project website is www.panaceaproject.net. The project’s main objective is to foster a greater local appreciation of the marine environment within the Maltese Islands.

The three underwater documentaries can be viewed here for Dwejrahere for Mgarr ix-Xini , and here for Rdum Majjiesa. They have collectively been viewed over 30,000 times.

The MED-JELLYRISK Project (http://jellyrisk.eu) aims to assess the socio-economic impact of jellyfish blooms and tries to implement mitigation countermeasures against this ever-increasing problem.

The project is implementing an integrated coastal management approach within 10 Marine Coastal Zones (MCZs) in the western and central Mediterranean Sea to introduce measures and solutions against jellyfish proliferations. The IOI-MOC is participating in both EU-funded projects.

Photo: Screening of the documentary

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