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The Project funded by European Erasmus + Programme 2021-2027- KA210-SCH-Small Scale Partnership in school education, started in April 2022 and lasting until August 2023.


The aim is to raise individual and collective awareness among students of Nautical High Schools – who will be future sea workers – teachers, citizens and local communities about the ocean’s and climate’s role and influences on our lives and our influences on the oceans and climate.


Among the specific objectives of the project is the creation of a network where both public and private organizations working in the field of marine protection can exchange best environmental education practices.


  • To extend the understanding that the Global Ocean is the most important system for climate regulation on Earth
  • To raise awareness of the conservation of marine biodiversity and marine ecosystem services.
  • To expand the initiative to other European Countries.

Project presentation


In the framework of the European Ocean Coalition EU4Ocean, Generation Climate Europe, the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and in line with the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences, “Ride the Wave” involves four Italian and Greek partners actively engaged in the protection of the Mediterranean Sea and the conservation of marine biodiversity.

The beneficiaries of the project  presented and approved by INDIRE, the Italian National Agency referee for Erasmus programs for Schools


General Coordinator of the initiative

Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association
The Italian Nautical Institute
“G. Da Verrazzano” in Porto Santo Stefano (Grosseto, Italy)
The Greek Nautical Institute
The 1st Vocational High School of Konistres (Evia, Greece)



Marevivo is an independent environmental association which - since 1985 - fights for the protection of the sea and its resources, through national and international actions and campaigns. Among its main objectives are the conservation of biodiversity, the fight against illegal fishing and plastic pollution, the promotion of sustainable development, the creation of Marine Protected Areas and the organization of environmental education activities in schools and universities. Marevivo is constantly active with awareness-raising activities, and working side by side with institutions and governments in order to obtain effective and concrete laws to fight marine litter and protect the marine ecosystem.
The Association currently relies on the work of hundreds of volunteers, thousands of members all over Italy, and four main divisions (Diving, Sailing, Canoe&Kayak, Beaches&Shores).

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For four decades (since June 1982), HELMEPA has been a leader in the protection of the marine and coastal environment, safety at sea and sustainability, with multidimensional activity. HELMEPA has evolved into an open, resilient and participatory platform that cultivates environmental awareness, knowledge share, volunteering, collaboration and action with positive and measurable impact on marine health. Through a participatory network of communities, 250,000+ volunteers have organized cleanup activities, 450,000+ children have visited HELMEPA’s environmental exhibitions and many have grown up with the message of the iconic Seagull. HELMEPA has a Certified Maritime Training Center, equipped with a Bridge Simulator that has trained 22,500+ seafarers – members.

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"G. Da Verrazzano” in Porto Santo Stefano (Grosseto, Italy)

Istituto Tecnico Trasporti e Logistica “G. Da Verrazzano” is a high school specialising in maritime transport, located in the province of Grosseto, on the southern coast of Tuscany, Italy.
Students receive specialised scientific and technical instruction and professional training to pursue careers as deck and engine room officers in the merchant navy, on cruise ships or as qualified ground personnel in ports and shipyards. They gain work experience on board yachts, ferries and in maritime sector companies and shipyards. They also participate in interdisciplinary projects aimed at raising awareness about the importance of reducing waste and pollution and promoting greater knowledge of the marine environment.
Work-oriented students generally choose this school because of the wide and early job prospects that this technical secondary school diploma offers: maritime training and its related activities.

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The 1st Vocational High School of Konistres (Evia-Greece)

EPAL Konistron is a technical high school specialized in maritime education. It is located 80 km from Chalkida and has 80 students from all over Evia island. Its laboratories have been recently upgraded with Engine and Bridge Room Simulators.

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Environmental Education Programme on Ocean and Climate Literacy

Italian Nautical Institute “R. Del Rosso-G. Da Verrazzano”

DAY 1| in the Nautical High School "G. da Verrazzano"

Introduction to Erasmus+ Programme, presentation of the project “Ride the Wave” and description of the Ocean and Climate Literacy Principles.

Programme Erasmus+ and Ride the Wave project:
Output and expected results
  • Ocean and Climate Literacy Principles
  • Biodiversity in the Mediterranean
  • European Opportunities for Youth
  • Student project work and brainstorming


Elisa Del Gobbo – Bianca Melita Palmas – Tiziana Schietroma

Day 2 | Only One Ocean

Acquiring knowledge and understanding of the Global Ocean and its functions as climate regulator, source of food, work, well-being, energy, raw materials and medicines, and as reservoir of the largest biodiversity on the planet.


  • Adaptation and evolution of terrestrial plants in marine environments and formation of grasslands in the Mediterranean.
  • Posidonia oceanica (aka “Neptune Grass”): trophic (feeding) relationships in a Posidonia oceanica meadow; observation of somebeached samples collected in Santa Liberata; ecological importance of Posidonia meadows and ecosystem services; threats and causes of the regression of the Posidonia Beds; Posidonia oceanica as a bioindicator.

A case study: Posidonia oceanica meadow in the Santa Liberata area.


  • Origin and composition of marine litter; microplastics: primary and secondary origin; interaction of microplastics with marine organisms.
  • The situation in the Mediterranean Sea: what can be done?


Margherita Volterrani – Research Biologist

Day 3 | Humans and the Sea: UN Agenda 2030

Learning about the cause-effect relationship between man and sea, in order to adopt new behaviours in the practice of the profession of sea operator and/or seafarer, and helping to manage the Sea and its resources in an sustainable way.

Promoting knowledge of the 2030 OSS-SDG Agenda: quality education, responsible use of resources, fight against climate change and sustainable use of the sea; the Marine Strategy Framework Directive; of Natura 2000 in the Marine Environment; national laws and European Conventions and Conferences on climate, sea, biodiversity, and Marine Protected Areas.

Developing interdisciplinary key competencies, in particular: facilitating the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, and behaviours to become responsible actors in a sustainable future!

National Pollution Emergency Response System Anti-Pollution Systems

Castalia activities for the protection of the maritime environment:

  • Anti-pollution and salvage operations;
  • Environmental remediation of waters, seabeds and coasts;
  • Recovery of toxic and harmful waste from the seabed;
  • Underwater investigations and environmental monitoring;
  • Environmental education and awareness;
  • Protection of marine flora and fauna;
  • New research and development of anti-pollution technologies and systems.


Maurizio De Pirro – Italian Marine Ecology Company Expert “Castalia Consortium”

Day 4 | Visit to Marina & Giannella Beach

Observation of the environment – beach, plants, shore etc. – and beach clean-up: the importance of protecting the marine environment

Acquiring knowledge and understanding of:

  • the cause-effect relationship between man and the sea;
  • the Global Ocean as a climate regulator, a source of food, work, health, energy, raw materials and medicines, and as a reservoir of the planet’s greatest biodiversity.

Adopting new behaviours to contribute to the management of the sea and its resources in an increasingly sustainable way.


Margherita Volterrani – Research Biologist

Day 5 | Porto Santo Stefano beach clean-up

History lesson held at Centro Studi Don Pietro Fanciulli by historian and author Gualtiero Della Monaca regarding the galleries connecting some of the most important beaches of Monte Argentario: la Cantoniera, Punta Nera, la Bionda and Pozzarello.

Visit to the beaches – passing through the old train galleries – of Porto S. Stefano up to Pozzarello and plogging (beach clean-up along the way).


Gualtiero Della Monaca – Historian and Author of Centro Studi Don Pietro Fanciulli 

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How to get involved?

If you are a Nautical School, an environmental Association, a Marine Protected Area or a Company active in the Blue Economy sector, be part of the Local Sea Network!

What is the Local Sea Network?

A network composed of Organizations and Entities, both project partners and network members, all active in the protection of the seas and oceans and/or directly or indirectly dealing with the Blue Economy sector. As members, we share the mission of sea protection, education and training, aimed at participating in joint international and intersectoral initiatives.

How to be a member of the Local Sea Network?

The Local Sea Network is set up through the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, which is a non-exclusive and non-legally binding, a collaborative relationship which has the purpose of furthering convergence of interests and joint actions through a bilateral agreement. As a result, the MoU aims to foster a synergistic cooperation on a transnational and cross-sectoral level, with a view to future initiatives widening the scope of the Ride the Wave project. Would you like more information? Send an email to:

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