Off Sardinia, Island Film Festival Educates Locals


Italy has the largest network of marine protected (Marina Protetta) areas in the world, and last weekend, I had the opportunity to check out some of them first hand. Tagging along with Katherine Schwager, a University of California, Santa Barbara doctorate student in marine science, on the Italian island of Sardinia, I met staff from the Consorzio di Gestione Area Marina Protetta Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo, the local governing agency for the Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo protected area. Established in 1997, the Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo area covers about 15,000 hectares of seascapes, and the coastal territories of the Municipalities of Olbia, Loiri Porto S.Paolo, and San Teodoro. I was also able to participate in one of the organization's savvy events, intended to raise environmental awareness: An outdoor film festival, complete with sweeping Mediterranean views. The Consorzio helped organize the five-day event, which featured screenings of Italian films on the island of Tavolara and on a beach in Porto San Paolo, outside Olbia. Each screening was packed with Italians in the know. Taking full advantage of this captivate audience, the Consorzio offered a continuously running film of its own, a staff-managed booth, and brochures, all educating attendees on its work in the area and on the dire need for conservation. Reaping the rewards of a marine protected area themselves, movie-goers found themselves fully embracing the cause, frequently stopping to ask questions and curious to learn more. For me, this event was both subtle, and powerful—an ideal way to influence thinking and environmental change. Here's a method to imitate.::Consorzio di Gestione Area Marina Protetta Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo ::Festival del Cinema Italiano di Tavolara