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Goal 14 implementation for the protection of Mediterranean sea's whales and dolphins

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    Through its activities, Battibaleno association promotes the knowledge of marine mammals to encourage their protection and contributes to the effective creation of protected areas in the Mediterranean sea, as well as providing the scientific community with research data.

    MONITORING AND CETACEANS' RESEARCH'S SEA EXPEDITIONS: Battibaleno conducts monitoring campaigns of the Western Mediterranean, according to the "linear transect" and "photo-identification" method. The sightings made during our expeditions are transmitted to ISPRA (Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research), IWC (International Whaling Commission) and Tethys Research Institute, for the citizen science project "Cetacei FAI attenzione", organized with the fund FAI for the Environment.

    DELPHIS TRAINING (WORKSHOP FOR OBSERVERS OF CETACEANS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA): ​​it's an interactive environmental education "format" aimed at schools, sailors and yachtsmen, institutions and all sea lovers. Delphis Training promotes the environmental value of the "Marine Mammal Sanctuary" in an original and entertaining way and spreads the bases for a conscious behavior compatible with the ecosystem.

    DELPHIS OPERATION: Battibaleno organises Delphis Operation, the traditional citizen science event, that since 1996, mobilizes sailors and yachtsmen from all over the Mediterranean. Delphis Operations is a campaign to raise awareness, to inspire more and more yachtsmen to become naturalist navigators and to create every year a new "instant-panoramic-picture" of the surface of the sea, starting from a large number of simultaneous observation points, distributed along the Italian coasts and other Mediterranean countries.

    How it works: each crew is assigned the mission to monitor, from 12:00 to 13:00, a zone of sea chosen by the Commander of the ship or boat. During this time the crews will have to observe, identify and count cetaceans, sea turtles, jellyfish and visible pollution, plastics and hydrocarbons.
    This method of data collection carried out simultaneously by all the boats positioned on different ship points, rightly distributed, allows to obtain an instant panoramic picture of the state of the sea. This image will provide an objective assessment of the minimum number of cetaceans present in the
    Mediterranean, useful for the scientific community, which could never cover the same surface with research boats.
    Since 2019 Delphis Operation, participating crews enrich their effort by removing plastic from the sea surface, taking part in the Remove Plastic Challenge, fully integrated in Delphis Operation's mission and goals.

    SEA CLEANING AND MARINE FAUNA'S DAMAGE PREVENTION: Battibaleno actively collaborates in the removal of plastics and other floating waste, joining beaches and sea cleaning projects. Also crews participating in DELPHIS Operation engage in plastic removal and pollution sightings' reporting.
    Partners
    FISPMED Mediterranean Network (Civil Society Organization), Italian Naval League (Civil Society Organization), Delfini Metropolitani project (Scientific community)

    Goal 14

    Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

    Goal 14

    14.1

    By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution

    14.1.1

    (a) Index of coastal eutrophication; and (b) plastic debris density

    14.2

    By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans

    14.2.1

    Number of countries using ecosystem-based approaches to managing marine areas

    14.3

    Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels

    14.3.1
    Average marine acidity (pH) measured at agreed suite of representative sampling stations

    14.4

    By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics

    14.4.1
    Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels

    14.5

    By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information

    14.5.1
    Coverage of protected areas in relation to marine areas

    14.6

    By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation

    14.6.1

    Degree of implementation of international instruments aiming to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

    14.7

    By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism

    14.7.1

    Sustainable fisheries as a proportion of GDP in small island developing States, least developed countries and all countries

    14.a

    Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries

    14.a.1
    Proportion of total research budget allocated to research in the field of marine technology

    14.b

    Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets

    14.b.1

    Degree of application of a legal/regulatory/policy/institutional framework which recognizes and protects access rights for small‐scale fisheries

    14.c

    Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of "The future we want"

    14.c.1

    Number of countries making progress in ratifying, accepting and implementing through legal, policy and institutional frameworks, ocean-related instruments that implement international law, as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and their resources

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    14.5 <p>By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information</p>
    14.7 <p>By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism</p>
    14.a <p>Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries</p>
    Report of winter monitoring campaigns
    Presentation of 2019 Delphis Operation's results
    Presentation of 2020 Delphis Operation's results
    Other, please specify
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    Staff / Technical expertise
    Skipper, photographer, scientists
    Title Progress Status Submitted
    Partnership Progress 2019-10-01 On track 01 October, 2019
    Partnership Progress 2019-04-06 On track 06 April, 2019
    Goal 14 implementation for the protection of Mediterranean sea's whales and dolphins
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    Timeline
    01 January 1970 (start date)
    01 January 1970 (date of completion)
    Entity
    Battibaleno association
    SDGs
    Geographical coverage
    Via Defendente Sacchi, 13 (PV)
    Other beneficiaries
    All Mediterranean sea's coastal countries.
    Ocean Basins
    North Atlantic
    Communities of Ocean Action
    Marine and coastal ecosystems management, Marine pollution, Scientific knowledge, research capacity development and transfer of marine technology
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    Countries
    France
    France
    Italy
    Italy
    Monaco
    Monaco
    Contact Information

    Alberto Marco Gattoni, President