The Management Agency of Messolonghi Lagoon and the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on Friday, September 29 2017 which outlines the objectives and terms of cooperation between the two organisations with regard to the project implemented by MedINA in the area. The project focuses on traditional fishing in the Messolonghi – Aitoliko lagoon and is part of a larger programme of the Mediterranean Consortium for Nature and Culture that aims to support environmentally friendly cultural practices in the Mediterranean.
The Memorandum of Cooperation describes the individual objectives of the organisations as well as the purpose and objectives of their cooperation with reference to specific fields of action such as promotion and awareness raising, environmental education and others. It also includes aspects related to intellectual property rights, financing and states the validity of the present MoC which ends in December 2018. The main objectives of the cooperation of the two organisations, as stated in the the MoC, are the sustainable development of the lagoon with a focus on professional fishermen, providing support to traditional lagoon fishermen, the promotion of the area’s natural and cultural heritage as well as sustaining its special character and identity and developing low impact and alternative forms of tourism. The MoC is signed by the President of the Management Agency of the Messolonghi Lagoon Mr. Fotis Pergantis and the Director of MedINA Mr. Efthimios Papayiannis, while the meeting was also attended by Mr. Yiannis Selimas, Coordinator of the Management Agency of the Messolonghi Lagoon and Alexis Katsaros, Project Manager of the Mediterranean Consortium of Nature and Culture and other staff of the two organisations.