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TransformAr: two meetings to set up monitoring activities in Marceddì lagoon

TransformAR in the pilot site in Sardinia, in the Marceddì lagoon - pond of San Giovanni, in the Oristano area, comes to life with two preparatory meetings that anticipate the most operational phase of the project which puts in place solutions and essential pathways of adaptation to the impacts of change climate to protect the lagoon ecosystem but at the same time the fish stocks and lagoon products. 

On Monday 17 April 2023 at the headquarters of the Regional Department for the Defense of the Environment of Sardinia, the first meeting was held between the representatives of the project of the MEDSEA foundation and the CMCC Foundation  technical partner), the experts of the Sardinia Region and the municipality of Terralba. In particular, future lagoon management scenarios were discussed, also and above all in relation to ongoing climate change and, specifically, the control of the pilot prototype consisting of a sluice gate - hydraulic barrier system that will be installed in the lagoon and regulated according to the parameters detected by specific sensors. A moment of confrontation and sharing of the first data collected, as well as the project timetable. 

On Friday 21 April, however, the second meeting with the fishermen of the lagoon was held in the municipality of Terralba to understand the problems already encountered from activities at sea in relation to climate change, gather needs and discuss some operational details of the project. The meeting was attended by Councilor Maura Mura (Municipality of Terralba- Councilor for Agriculture, Fishing, Environment and Villages), all the main cooperatives of the Marceddì fishing cooperative consortium with its president Antonio Loi, as well as Legacoop Sardegna. 

The Marceddì-San Giovanni-Corru S'Ittiri pilot project pursues 3 main actions: the creation of an "intelligent" opening mechanism that will be able to regulate the water exchange between the lagoon and the outfall area. A system of sensors will then make it possible to monitor the quality of the water, through some typical parameters such as pH, the percentage of oxygen saturation, and the temperature. A small and efficient weather station will be able to monitor the weather conditions in certain rainfall events. 

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