IDP with the future generations

On the 10th of July researchers of the IDP visited KDAP (ΚΕΝΤΡΟ ΔΗΜΙΟΥΡΓΙΚΗΣ ΑΠΑΣΧΟΛΗΣΗΣ ΠΑΙΔΙΩΝ), Centre of Creative Activities for Children of the Municipality of Vonitsa.

The documentary “The Marine Mammals of Greece” produced in the context of the Thalassa Project was shown to about 60 children. This was followed by a round of questions by the kids, who were eager to gain more detail about the local populations of dolphins in the area where they live and about the work we do. A complementary educational leaflet provided by our colleagues of WWF and MOm was very successful among the audience.

At the end, we all ended up improvising a session of theater in the playground of KDAP reproducing the cooperative feeding strategies of the dolphins of the Gulf of Amvrakikos. It felt good to see the future generations interest and to hear about their different theories about what we can do to protect our marine environment. Days like this help us to “recharge batteries”. Some people say that the smile of a dolphin is particularly charming; in any case… hard to compete with the smiles we saw on those kids’ faces last wednesday.  Do not miss the photo gallery below!

On the 11th of August a celebration about the Nature of Amvrakikos Gulf, organized by the IDP with the help of local friends, authorities and cultural organizations will take place. An exposition of the art works done by the children that have participated in our most recent educational and public awareness activities will be the opening of the event. Detailed information will be posted in the IDP facebook page when the time comes.



About Joan Gonzalvo

Joan Gonzalvo is the project manager and scientific coordinator of the Ionian Dolphin Project. He is a Catalan biologist whose main research interest is the conservation of the marine environment and, more specifically, the study and conservation of cetaceans.

One Response to “IDP with the future generations”

  1. Sigrid Lüber July 15, 2013 7:19 AM #

    Dear IDP Team, this seems to have been a wonderful event and I would have loved to follow closely. Keep up the good work!
    Sigrid Lueber, OceanCare President

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