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Agreement on Coral reef Restoration Signed Between University of Milano-Bicocca and Maldives

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An agreement on coral reef restoration has been signed between the University of Milano-Bicocca and the government of the Maldives.

The University of Milano-Bicocca and the government of the Republic of Maldives are now officially working together to develop a national protocol to coordinate the Maldivian coral restoration projects. This partnership will help achieve new important goals in the fields of sustainability and biodiversity.

During the ceremony that was live-streamed this morning from the Milan campus auditorium, the rector of the University, Giovanna Iannantuoni, and the Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives, Zaha Waheed (via conference call) signed the agreement, officially setting in motion the project for the development of collaborative research.

The agreement that was signed today with the Maldives government represents a new step in the collaboration that has been going on for over 11 years with the goal of protecting the coral reef and reducing pollution in the seas. This partnership, which sees us engaged on crucial issues for the future of our planet, is a source of pride for the entire academic community.

Rector Giovanna Iannantuoni.

Coral reefs are among the most complex and biodiverse ecosystems on Earth, but they are threatened by the unsustainable management of the environment and its resources.

Thanks to the partnership stipulated today, all the techniques used for coral reef restoration will be analyzed, to identify the most effective ones to ensure the survival of these delicate organisms found in the Maldives, and to develop guidelines for their monitoring and application.

The agreement is part of a larger project. Since 2009 the University of Milano-Bicocca has been studying new solutions for the protection of corals and the marine environment. This is made possible thanks to the MaRHE research and higher education centre located on Magoodhoo island, in the Maldives, in collaboration with the government-affiliated Maldives Marine Research Institute, as well as with foreign universities and research centres.

These solutions include ecological coral restoration techniques based on the selection of “super corals” that are resistant to the effects of climate change, as well as the development of biocompatible and biodegradable mitigation methods for the healing of coral wounds, a solution that can extend the life of corals raised using restoration practices.

Image: Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

During the ceremony, the initiative entitled “CorallaMib” was also presented. It is a call for ideas open to university and high school students. The project will follow two strands: participants who choose the scientific one will be able to test themselves by proposing solutions that can reduce the impact of anthropogenic factors on coral reefs; those who opt for the artistic-literary one will be able to present a work dedicated to the sea and environmental protection.

When the world health situation allows it, the winners of the competition will be able to go to the MaRHE center in the Maldives to study closely, together with the researchers from Milano-Bicocca, the biodiversity of this archipelago, its coral reef and the factors that are threatening its survival.

Considering the MaRHE Center’s multidisciplinary approach, the agreement that was signed today provides for the involvement of several University Departments: the Department of Materials Science with the optimization and testing of new biopolymers in the marine environment, the Department of Biotechnology and Biosciences, with the analysis of physiological patterns in stressed marine animals, and the “R. Massa” Department of Human Sciences for Education for the “citizen science” elements applied to coral restoration, aimed at developing new channels of communication essential to raising awareness on the quality of the environment and on the importance of the oceans.

In order to develop new “coral restoration” techniques and to monitor coral health and reproduction in a controlled environment, the researchers of the Bicocca MaRHE center also collaborate with the Genoa Aquarium, with whom a partnership for joint research initiatives was signed in 2020.

Feature image by Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

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Siyam World Hosts Summer Football Camp With Spanish Goalkeeper Star Player José Manuel Pepe Reina Páez

Get ready to kick it up a notch as Siyam World Maldives gears up for an epic summer football camp. This camp is hosted by none other than Spanish football sensation, José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez. Guests can join in on the fun from June 23rd to 26th, 2024. Building on its tradition of hosting world-class football camps and following the success of its spring series featuring international legends and star players, this event promises to be a highlight of the summer.

Pepe Reina is set to bring his A-game to Siyam World for an unforgettable football experience. The trill can be experienced at its premier sports complex and full-size soccer pitch – The World Sports Arena. The three-day summer football camp in June runs from 16:30 – 18:00 hrs. This camp also offers participants the chance to receive personalized coaching from the star goalkeeper himself. Along with a series of skill-building drills, friendly matches, and fun football-related activities, this camp is designed to inspire and excite football enthusiasts of all ages. Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 12 will seize the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game. This includes everything from tactics to technical skills. This unique experience promises to enhance their abilities and provide memories that will last a lifetime.

José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez is a Spanish professional footballer renowned for his exceptional skills as a goalkeeper. He is also known for his dedication to nurturing young talent. With a career spanning La Liga and beyond, Pepe Reina brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the game.

Our goal is to inspire our young guests to dream big. Seeing a legend or a star player in person can help these youngsters realize that making their dreams a reality is possible, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

Legendary Line-Ups at Siyam World

But that’s not all! Siyam World is no stranger to hosting football legends and star players. Earlier this year, the resort scored big with a legendary line-up featuring Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.  These stars led unforgettable spring football camps. Guests had the chance to hone their skills on our impressive sports complex and soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. With this, guests were able to soak up world-class coaching and immersive experiences as well. 

Furthermore, Siyam World has also had the pleasure of hosting several other football legends and star players recently. This includes players such as EstebanCuchu” Cambiasso, Carlos Puyol, Marco Materazzi, and Robert Pirès. Joining them were players like Harvey Elliott, Kostas Tsimikas, Juan Sebastián Verón, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Nicola Ventola, Bobo Vieri, and Jay Jay Okocha.

Now, it’s time to keep the momentum going with “Pepe Reina” leading the charge. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with one of football’s greatest. And now, you can do that at one of the most beautiful locations in the world!

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