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Closure meeting of the MARCET project to protect and monitor cetaceans in the Macaronesia

By October 28, 2019 No Comments

The “Macaronesian Network for Cross-border Knowledge and Technology Transfer to protect, supervise and monitor cetaceans in the marine environment, and to explore and exploit the related tourism in a sustainable way” (MARCET) project,  co-funded by the first call for projects of INTERREG (MAC/1.1b/149) concluded with a closure meeting celebrated at the Poema del Mar Aquarium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with the attendance of the 20 project partners and companies of the whale watching tourism sector.

During this closure meeting, a workshop of whale watching companies took place where every partner presented the products and results developed by the project, demonstrating its high level of execution.

The MARCET Network, the development of working protocols and their integration to protect and conserve the cetacean populations of the Macaronesia from a multidisciplinary point of view and the knowledge gained on the current situation in the tourism sector associated to the observation activity of these species in the region contribute to the development of a new initiative, the MARCET II project. Its objective is to increase the value of this activity as a model of sustainable economic development in the Macaronesian archipelagos (Azores, Macaronesia, Cape Verde and the Canary Islands), to enhance the niche market of ecotourism created by this activity and to develop sustainability criteria on resident cetacean species that attract tourism.