FFI & FAO Boot Camps: Marettimo
🌊 July 13-18 #Marettimo, Sicily, Italy – Climate-Smart Oceans
The Egadi archipelago (in ancient times also called Aegades or Aegates) consists of three islands:
Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo, and of two big rocks, Formica and Maraone, halfway between Trapani and the first two islands. With its 53,992 ha, it is the largest Marine Reserve in Europe.
Marettimo was called Hiera, that means “holy island” and it is the most extreme and unpolluted of the archipelago islands. This paradise, in the heart of the Mediterranean, has an history that starts from the myth of Ulysses and passes through Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Spaniards. Future Food chose Marettimo as a symbol of the Mediterranean, where biodiversity of flora and fauna are rich and unique. Indeed, the vegetation of the island is rich in special, endemic plants, some of which are completely absent from the soil of Sicily, but present on the coasts of Lazio, Tuscany and Asia Minor. Marettimo is the perfect place to study the sustainable use of marine resources and the small-scale fisheries. On top of that, the boot camp is organized during the second edition of the Italian Marettimo Film Festival which has a special section dedicated to documentaries on environment which will enrich the experience of the boot camp.
We chose Marettimo as the second stage of the second edition of the Food & Climate Shapers Boot Camps, launched together with FAO.