To develop the following material:
- A comic book for children.
- A brochure for the general public.
- A brochure for yacht skippers.
- A publication explaining the management of anchoring points.
- Web page
-Betacam quality video.
The aim was to develop and publish diverse material
to inform and educate the general public on this matter, so that people
can understand the role of Posidonia oceanica and its importance in terms
of habitat, conservation of the population of various commercial species,
and its role in the process of sand production. Another included aim was
to raise awareness of the existing conservation problems, and the planned
actions in SCI areas of the Balearic in relation to the species of Caretta
caretta and Tursiops truncatus—which are included in annexe II of
the Habitats Directive.
Publicizing the importance of this habitat as well as the factors that
threaten it is vital in order to ensure the success of surveillance tasks
and regulations for the recreational use of the sea along the coastline.
A positive attitude on the part of the public and of fishing professionals
towards measures that may affect them will be a great help towards ensuring
that these conservation goals are achieved.
A publicising strategy was designed in which the following were identified
as special targets to be reached: fishermen, snorklers and scuba-divers,
users of recreational vessels and seafarers in general.
This was put into action conjunctly by the General Directorates of Hunting,
Protection of the Species and Environmental Education, Biodiversity and
The first two official organizations developed and supervised the contents
of all the previewed material and were in charge of subcontracting the
tasks. The General Directorate of Fishing developed and supervised the
contents on fishing and its norms and regulations. The result of the work
of the various directorates was the publishing of the following material:
1. Publication aimed at children: 11,950 copies.
2. Publication aimed at the general public: 2,000 copies.
3. Brochure aimed at yacht skippers: 60,000 copies.
4. Publication explaining the management of anchoring points: 9,000
5. Poster 6,000 copies.
6. CD Rom 2,000 copies.
7. Betacam quality video, SP or above, 1,000 copies VHS.
8. Web page.
1. Publication for children:
The material was co-published together with Amics de la Terra Balears
del “Tresor de Posidó” (The Posidonia Treasure)-- 4,100
copies, which were distributed through educational centres, associations,
the general public and exhibitions.
The comic book cover
Publishing date and distribution: First edition (4,100
copies) in Catalan in November 2003. Second edition (4,250 copies) in
Catalan in October 2004. In June 2005 there was a third edition of 3,600
copies in Spanish.
2. Publication for the general public:
The publication included a general description of Posidonia, its principal
values, associated ecosystem, traditional uses, potential factors threatening
its habitat and corrective measures. It is illustrated with images taken
from the different exhibitions.
Publishing date and distribution: 2,000 copies were
published during the last quarter of 2005.
3. Brochure for yacht skippers:
A brochure was published for yacht skippers and other users of marinas
and yacht clubs, containing the following:
- Brief introduction to the LIFE Posidonia project and justification
of the same (what it entails, aims and scope).
- Brief description of the natural value of the communities of Posidonia.
- Factors which threaten the Posidonia fields.
- Code of good Practise.
- Where to find further information and how to contact : phone, web
Publishing date and distribution: 30,000 copies ( 20,000 in Catalan
and Spanish and 10,000 in English and German) in June 2004. In the third
quarter of 2005, another 30,000 copies ( 15,000 in Catalan and Spanish
and 15,000 in English and German).
4.Publication explaining the management of the anchoring points:
In order to publicize how the regulated anchoring points are actually
managed in terms of the characteristics and norms of the same, a brochure
aimed at yacht skippers and the general public was published.
Said brochure was not initially previewed in the project but was finally
included because it was considered to be of value as an aid that would
back up and support the daily task of managing the regulated anchoring
Included in the contents of the brochure are: the characteristics of
the anchoring points, types of buoys, zoning of the chains of anchoring
points, norms of use and list of contacts—phone, web page, etc.
The General Directorate of Hunting, Protection of the Species and Environmental
Education were in charge of revising the contents and design of the
brochure, whereas the actual publishing was cone by the General Directorate
for Environmental Quality and the Coastline.
Published : 2006
Example of some of the published brochures.
2,000 copies were published in Catalan and Spanish plus 1,000 copies
in English and German, for each island, containing information relative
to each of the regulated anchoring areas. These were distributed by
the guards working at each area and among users of the same together
with information on the project.
5. Posters :
6. CD – ROM:
The CD ROM contains the following:
- Biology and ecology of Posidonia oceanica.
- The fields of Posidonia as a habitat.
- Importance of Posidonia fields for the ecosystem of the coastline.
- The LIFE Posidonia project.
- Measures taken to protect the Posidonia fields.
The CD was distributed to the “Centros de Interpretación”
( Exhibition installations for educational purposes where all sorts
of information is available to the public), situated at the various
protected natural spaces round the Balearic Islands. Most copies, however,
were given to the Aula del Mar (Sea School) pertaining to the General
Directorate of Hunting , Protection of Species and Environmental Education.
Look it up. (60 MB)
7. Web page.
You are currently reading it.
It is functioning and it is regularly updated with incoming data from
the various actions taken , as soon as said information is ready to
be broadcast on the net.
Details on the number of web page visits per year are as follows:
Year 2004*: 38,644
Year 2005 : 96,443
Year 2006: 111,775
Year 2007: 9,524**
* Data is as from May 2004
** Data available is from only January 2007
8. Betacam quality video, SP or above:
An adaptation was made of contents and images taken from the video:
“La Posidonia. Els Boscos Marins de Posidó”, filmed
by the Conselleria de Agricultura y Pesca (local Ministry of Agriculture
At the same time an image bank was compiled by regularly filming the
same tract of a Posidonia field (previously selected at the SCI area
Marine Reserve of Cap Enderrocat). The images were filmed in different
seasons of the year. These images are used for teaching at the Aula
del Mar (Sea School).
In this way a video titled “LA POSIDONIA projecte life”
was produced and is used in local schools round the islands.
Front and back cover of the video
Filmed: December 2005.
The aims of the project have in general been satisfactorily fulfilled.