Vodafone Posidonia: To protect underwater meadows of Posidonia

After the successful first research mission on Syros, it was the turn to “surface” through high-resolution and accurate mapping of the bottom of Paros and Antiparos. Poseidonia underwater meadowsOne of the most important Lungs of the Mediterranean within the program Vodafone Posidonia of Vodafone Foundation.

Cooperates with Vodafone Foundation Ocean Laboratory Under the scientific guidance of the University of Patras and Professor of Environmental and Geological Oceanography, George Papatheodorou have already begun to form a complete map of Poseidonia’s seagrass meadows.

The goal is to collect additional scientific information that will help protect a particularly valuable and unknown ecosystem, reduce coastal erosion, and help species survive, which are crucial to the health of the waters and atmosphere. of many marine organisms.

As part of the Paros and Antiparos mission, a total of 174.57 square kilometers of the seafloor was mapped around the perimeter of the islands with a total of 20.3 hours of 58 underwater surveys to a depth of approximately 50 meters.

Mapping with the help of sophisticated sonar and robotic systems and underwater research vessels revealed extensive Poseidonia meadows along the coastal complex of Paros and Antiparos.

At the same time, signs of alteration and widespread degradation of the meadows were found in the bays of Parikia and Naoussa, where the meadows were mainly replaced by algae, as well as scars from the anchoring of boats.

The deepest meadow with the most impressive representation of Poseidonia was located west of Antiparos and around the islands of Despotikos and Strogylos, while the broad fields were located on the southern coast of Paros.

During the analysis of the topography of the bottom, the presence of alien species of algae and the presence of the alien species Caulerpa racemosa were found in different parts of the islands, and in addition, the species Scorpaenidae Pterois (Lionfish) was discovered.

As part of the marine survey, the height of Poseidonia leaves was assessed, the type of bottom (mud, sand, rock) as well as the sediment thickness in the areas where Poseidonia grew were studied. The map of the sinking of the “Express Samina” ship was drawn in detail.

as reported by Alexandra PapanikolaouHead of Vodafone Foundation:

“Combining Vodafone’s technological know-how with the academic and research know-how of the University of Patras, we are very close to completing the data collection process needed to draw conclusions about the overall extent of Poseidonia’s vulnerability in the Greek territory. To emphasize the importance of these particularly important ecosystems and ensuring their integrity for the natural environment, as well as the well-being of our country’s economy and society.

The next stations of Vodafone Posidonia’s research mapping missions are the islands of Mykonos and Delos.

About the Vodafone Foundation in Greece

The Vodafone Foundation completes 21 years of service and presence in Greece this year with the phrase “Connecting for Good” summarizing its philosophy and launching a new pillar of action for the environment with the responsibility it brings.

The new pillar of action on the Environment enhances the Foundation’s rich public service activities in health, education and society and reinforces its mission to create a better future for all.

While the Vodafone Foundation cooperated with more than 100 institutions and organizations in its 21 years of activity, it managed to benefit more than 700,000 citizens in the last year alone.

Currently, the main programs of the Vodafone Foundation in Greece are: Vodafone Telemedicine Program, Generation Next, educational program to develop STEM skills, Instant Network and Instant Classroom programs to support humanitarian crises, DreamLab digital applications. COVID-19 and climate change, as well as Bright Skies and Panic Button to address domestic violence.

Finally, to protect Posidonia meadows and highlight their importance as the lungs of the Mediterranean Sea, Vodafone is implementing the Posidonia programme.

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