Oceana 2015 expedition’s goal is to survey areas in Malta in order to identify new Sites of Community Importance (SCIs) for inclusion within the Natura 2000 network. This at-sea work is part of LIFE BaĦAR for N2K project (2013-2018), an initiative co-financed by the EU LIFE funding programme. Oceana’s role is to map out sandbanks, reefs and marine caves with by using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and scuba divers.
Natura 2000 is a network of protected areas throughout the EU and it is considered the largest coherent group of protected areas in the world. It aims at protecting Europe’s most vulnerable and threatened species and habitats.
Executive Summary: Benthic Habitat Research for Marine Natura 2000 Site Designation
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