Andrej A. Gajić, Ambassador for the Coast 2022
Scientist, biology professor, underwater researcher, but also author, photographer, entrepreneur, traveler, and skydiver: he is Andrej A. Gajić the new Coast Day 2022 Ambassador.
An eclectic researcher, he has conducted original studies on the zoology, ecology and pathology of sharks, rays and skates in order to develop long-term conservation strategies throughout the Mediterranean.
Born in 1991, he is co-founder and CEO of the Sharklab ADRIA Center for Marine and Freshwater Biology (Malta, EU) and Head scientist of Shark Tales at National Geographic in Washington, DC.
Andrej has published over 60 articles and three widely recognized books and has shared his expertise at over 35 conferences.
He loves spending time with animals, helping them and trying to understand them. He has worked closely with over 30 species of sharks, rays and sharks.
Andrej is one of the selected participants of the “30 under 30” project, organized by the Represent Communications BiH agency and its partners, which aims to highlight hard-working young people who are the backbone of their companies in various business sectors.
He also received 10 awards and honors, including the National Geographic EC Leadership, which ranked him among the world’s 15 most influential scientists under 30
BRAINSTORMING FOR IMPROVING THE RESILIENCE OF COASTAL ZONES TO CLIMATE CHANGE COAST DAY 2022 EDITION
On September 28, the magnificent city of Tangier will host the central event of the 2022 edition of the Mediterranean Coastal Day.
So that the morning begins under the best auspices, the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development of Morocco will open the session herself
The morning session will be marked by two discussion panels on the issues, challenges and solutions in terms of climate change, one at the Mediterranean level and the other at the level of the Tangier – Tetouan – Al Hoceima region. Panel participants will include local decision-makers and actors, teacher-researchers, representatives of civil society and other representatives of international organizations.
In the afternoon, awareness-raising activities will be organized on Malabata beach in Tangier by the Moroccan Association for a Sustainable Environment. Children and young people from local schools will be able to participate in fun activities to raise awareness and educate about eco-citizenship for the preservation of the coast, with an emphasis on preventing plastic pollution. Not to forget the main theme of the day, one of the main objectives of the day will be to understand the direct link between plastic pollution and its impact on climate change.
COAST DAY 2022 EVENTS
Mediterranean Coast and Macro-regional Strategies Week 2022
The seventh edition of Mediterranean Coast and Macro-regional Strategies Week will after two years finally take place on site in Izola, Slovenia from 19 to 23 September 2022. It will be traditionally held in the week leading to the Mediterranean Coast Day, September 25th that is widely celebrated in the countries of the region. September 25th was chosen as the Mediterranean Coast Day to honor Slovenia as the first country in the Mediterranean region which ratified the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in 2009.
Traditionally, the event aims to raise awareness of the sea and coast and their natural resources and economic potential, as well as to introduce the risks to which they are exposed to due to the natural phenomena and human actions. Organizers are promising numerous interesting activities. The event brings together politicians, decision-makers, experts, civil society and interested public from all levels – local, regional, national and international.
This year’s event under the slogan “Healthy sea for safer future” will strengthen the macro-regional cooperation in the region, to underline that only with cooperation can there be common solutions and common future
Anatomy of island for the Mediterranean Coast Day
This year’s 10th anniversary of the Anatomy of Islands symposium is joining the celebration of the Mediterranean Coast Day. On the marvellous Croatian island of Lastovo, participants will discuss for a full 3 days (26-28 September) what coastal resilience means for the islands. This year’s theme of environmental futures and perspectives of islands in view of climate change will be discussed by more than 40 interdisciplinary researchers, most of them regular participants of the symposium and people deeply fascinated by islands.
Throughout history, islands have often been labelled as “places of resilience”, while island communities and societies, living in isolated and resource-constrained environments, have resisted challenges by finding their own solutions. For centuries, islanders have been building their own local knowledge and island communities have developed specific forms of sociability and solidarity. However, the environment change, so do island societies. Modern litoralization, deagrarization, touristification and depopulation affect island strategies and practices. Today, islands are at the forefront of facing the challenges of adapting to climate change. Island communities are pioneers in finding and implementing sustainable climate solutions and developing their own climate resilience strategies. Dedicated participants at the symposium Anatomy of island, with the local population, will try to identify solutions and ideas for better future of the islands.
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Final conference of CAMP B&H and the Coast Day 2022
The coastal town of Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina hosted the Final conference of the CAMP project and the celebration of the Coast Day on 13th September 2022.
These events come as the crown of the two-year activities on the implementation of this project important not only for the Municipality of Neum, being the only coastal region in B&H but for the whole country. Although the project themes were dedicated to solving concrete issues related to sustainable development of tourism, adaptation to climate change, monitoring of marine and coastal environment important for the local level, there were a number of activities relevant for other levels of authorities, such as the legal analysis with a view to support ratification of the ICZM Protocol, proposing the coordination mechanism for ICZM as well as the preparation of the Contingency plan. Participants representing all B&H levels of authorities, as well as the UNEP/MAP Coordinator, Ms. T. Hema, representatives of RACs involved, members of the project Steering Committee and public in general attended the conference.
The afternoon was reserved for the celebration of the Coast Day with the participation of schools from Neum, folk dancers, majorettes… Mr. Andrej A. Gajić was nominated Ambassador of the Mediterranean coast for 2022