Students are a key stakeholder for the protection of coastal and marine ecosystems. Through the project CASCADE they were invited to join “The Adriatic coastal and marine system: monitoring, protection and management of biodiversity and ecosystem services” Summer School. The Summer School aimed to provide participants with an overview of the most innovative approaches to knowledge, protection and management of the ecosystems of the Adriatic area, with particular attention to transitional waters and the marine-coastal strip. Internationally renowned teachers were invited to provide technical and practical sessions to the students at the sites of “Torre Guaceto” and “Saline di Punta della Contessa”.
Hear the voices and opinions of the international CASCADE student community regarding the importance of coastal areas, while they narrate their experiences and expectations as future coastal managers.
Luca Erlić from the Adriatic training and research center (ATRAC, Croatia), one of CASCADE project partners, highlights the need to invest in monitoring the Adriatic coastal systems changes.
Dolapo Olatoye, a student of the Master’s Degree Programme in Coastal and Marine Biology and Ecology of the University of Salento, speaks about the importance of transnational cooperation for the protection of aquatic biodiversity.
Victoria Aanuoluwapo Alabi, a student of the Master’s Degree Programme in Coastal and Marine Biology and Ecology of the University of Salento, shares her interest for coastal ecosystem restoration.
Hamidat Odugbemi, a student of the e-Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sciences Master’s degree (EBES) of the University of Salento, hopes to implement the lessons learnt through the CASCADE Summer School in her country.