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Water, Wetlands and Life. Inseparable

2 February each year is World Wetlands Day to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

marshes, ponds, lakes, fens, rivers, floodplains and swamps host the greatest biodiversity on Earth but they are particularly sensitive ecosystems and it is very important to maintain high attention on their integrity and protection.

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LIFE Blue Lakes project has the great goal of improving the health of five European lakes by fighting the invisible pollutants: microplastics.

Trasimeno, Garda and Bracciano in Italy, Lake Constance and Chiemsee in Germany are the areas on which we focus with actions addressed to all stakeholders.

Everyone can do something.

The scientific project partners do seasonal sampling to measure the microplastics in the lakes and to develop a standard monitoring protocol;

We involve the relevant authorities through bilateral meetings to ask careful regulation of inland water quality;

We are raising public awareness in Italy and Germany promoting behaviours to prevent plastic waste;

We suggest how consumers can reduce plastic consumption and make more ecological purchases;

We support local administrations in Italian and German lakes areas and enanching the engagement of local economic entities by a Participatory Process to draft the Lake Paper: a sort of voluntary commitment signed by all the local stakeholders for the implementation of management good practices and spreading of circular economy models intended to protect the lakes and reduce the impact of economic activities…but this is something new coming soon and you’ll have to keep following us to learn more.