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Historic meeting last Friday, March 3 in Venice, on the occasion of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Marevivo, for almost forty years committed to actions to defend the sea and its inhabitants with awareness and environmental education projects aimed at schools of all levels, and the Civic Museums Foundation of Venice, institution of primary importance at national and international level in the museum sector.

With the agreement, signed by Rosalba Giugni, President Marevivo and Mariacristina Gribaudi, President of Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, in the presence of Luca Mizzan, Head of the Museum of Natural History Giancarlo Ligabue and Prof. Sandro Mazzariol, Researcher in Veterinary Pathological Anatomy of the University of Padua, the parties undertake to share knowledge, resources, tools and data for the realization of cultural projects, educational and training aimed at visitors of the Museum of Natural History Giancarlo Ligabue with particular reference to environmental issues.

Marevivo will promote environmental education activities through thematic exhibitions, educational courses, conferences, events with the aim of spreading a greater knowledge of the marine ecosystem and helping to promote ecological awareness. 

The collaboration between the two realities is the result of great success on the occasion of the photographic exhibition “The Living Sea – Marevivo”, organized by Marevivo Onlus, Marevivo Veneto and “FON – Focused on Nature” and hosted at the Museo di Storia Naturale “Giancarlo Ligabue” from June to October 2022, which recorded the presence of over 50,000 visitors. The exhibition, created with the aim of making known the unique and unrepeatable heritage represented by the sea and its creatures to raise awareness of its essential function for human life, has seen the works of photographer and environmentalist Hussain Aga Khan who, accompanied by the videography of Simone Piccoli, they told the life of the seabed and the importance of the sea, offering opportunities for reflection and comparison on its environmental protection.

“A very rewarding moment for our association, signing the Memorandum of Understanding that sees us partner of one of the most prestigious museums in the world, in disseminating the knowledge and involvement of young people in what represents the beginning of each educational path; how our Planet works and how we human beings are related to the great systems that allow us to live on Earth. Without Antonella Moretti, our Delegate of Veneto, unfortunately recently deceased, this extraordinary partnership would never have started. We are deeply grateful and confident that this union between the Museum and Marevivo will multiply the actions to achieve the objectives of our mission”, said Rosalba Giugni.

“The exhibition The Living Sea held until last October at the Museum of Natural History was therefore only the first of a series of activities that we want to organize with Marevivo – said Mariacristina Gribaudi – first of all at the Museum of Natural History, the first museum that you visit as a child, an educational “playground” and open to the territory.”