Research and High Education
THE GENOA AQUARIUM
On July 22nd, 2020, the Aquarium of Genoa and the University of Milan-Bicocca signed an agreement to collaborate for the protection of coral reefs with particular reference to the Maldives reef. More specifically, the agreement will enable the development of new techniques of "coral restoration", to help monitor the health of corals and their reproduction in a controlled environment.
The initiative is part of a broader collaboration that started about two years ago between Costa Edutainment and the University of Milano-Bicocca, thanks to which several research and training projects have been carried out with a focus on other marine species, such as jellyfish. The new agreement - that will last four years - was signed by the President and CEO of Costa Edutainment, Giuseppe Costa, and the rector of the University of Milan-Bicocca, Giovanna Iannantuoni.
On the same occasion, the Genoa headquarters of the MaRHE Center was inaugurated at the Aquarium. It is a space of 45 square meters that hosts 2 tank systems for a total of 10,000 liters of water and 60 species of corals, entirely reproduced at the Aquarium. Paolo Galli, Director of the MaRHE Center and Professor of Ecology at the University of Milan-Bicocca also participated in the inauguration of the new space, as well as Silvia Lavorano, who is in charge of the Tropical Sector at the Genoa Aquarium.
The wide range of research and education programs conducted at the Center reflects the diversity of MaRHE Center’s staff experience and competences. Current programs and ongoing research projects at the MaRHE Center include coral reef research, fisheries and aquaculture research, sharks, marine mammal research, human geography, tourism.
Within the international scenario, the Maldives are a symbol of vulnerability to climate change, at the same time, the discourse on the Maldives’ environmental vulnerability coexists, on the inhabited islands, with a set of critical environmental processes pervading the human ecology of small islands.