Protecting Oceans and Marine Life

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Transatlantic cooperation is essential for environmental protection and the future of our planet. As chair of the G20 and co-partner of COP26, Italy is ready to work with the United States and the world to promote an ambitious international agenda on climate change and environmental protection. In the week that marks World Water Day, we pause to reflect on the importance of safeguarding the oceans and the fruitful bilateral collaboration in this area." With these words, the Ambassador of Italy in Washington, Armando Varricchio, opened today the webinar "Protecting Oceans and Marine Life" organized by the Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington.

The meeting, also attended by Nicole LeBoeuf, Acting Assistant Administrator for the National Ocean Service of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), provided the opportunity for a dialogue between Italian and U.S. experts engaged in different capacities in the protection of the seas and the life forms that inhabit them, at risk for a variety of reasons, from pollution to global warming, from uncontrolled fishing to international traffic.

Inspired by two recent National Geographic documentaries, "Ocean's Breath" by Michele Melani and "Sea of Shadows" by Richard Ladkani, the panel involved the protagonists of these films: geologist Federico Fanti and robotic engineer Grace Young, the executive director of Earth League International, Andrea Crosta, and the executive director of the National Marine Mammal Foundation, Cynthia Smith. The discussion, co-hosted by National Geographic, was moderated by Valerie Craig, interim head of National Geographic's Office of Science and Innovation.

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