Description of the partner organisation
The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation (BWI) is a Croatian non-profit and non-governmental organisation with its headquarters on the island of Lošinj. Although based in a small village of Veli Lošinj, our area of interest is the entire Adriatic region. In our work we strive for excellence in research, education and conservation programmes. Our primary concern is the sea and marine biodiversity, but our activities are also aimed at integrated coastal management and the development of insular communities through environmentally sustainable activities based on the preservation of a healthy and rich ecosystem.
The BWI and its staff have worked in marine conservation for the past two decades. Its members are representatives in many international forums, including the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the Agreement for the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS) and the Mediterranean Science Commission (CIESM). Through its work the Blue World Institute has gained a national and international reputation for high quality research, education and conservation achievements.
The BWI is an independent non-profit organisation. Our employees are well educated and motivated people who contribute to the local economy and society. Our activities and projects are carried out thanks to the foresight of a number of environmentally-oriented companies and individuals.
Description of the activities
Since its creation, in 1999, the BWI has undertaken numerous successful projects. It now focuses on three main programmes: Science, Education and Conservation.
The Science programme concentrates on the ecology of the large marine vertebrates of the Adriatic Sea. This work is carried out from two field bases. The original base is located on the island of Lošinj in the northern Adriatic, whilst the new base is located on the island of Vis in the central Adriatic. Activities are recognised by the competent Ministries and the State Institute for Nature Protection of the Republic of Croatia.
The main centre for the Educational programme is located in the Lošinj Marine Education Centre in Veli Lošinj. The Centre provides space for a permanent exhibition for general public awareness, and specialist facilities for structured educational programmes for various interest groups. The Centre also hosts education courses accredited by the Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency.
The Conservation programme translates the research into management plans for the protection of marine vertebrates and their habitats. As a partner to the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS) members of the BWI have been engaged in science, education and the development of conservation plans and programmes throughout the Mediterranean.
The role of the BWI in the NETCET project is to ensure that the activities and training for cetacean research aspects of the project are carried out according to the international standards that are required by the regional agreements and conventions signed by the authorities in the region. The BWI will be involved in the development, planning and carrying out the aerial surveys, boat based photo-identification research, and the satellite tagging and tracking of sea turtles. In addition the BWI will construct and operate a turtle rescue centre on the island of Lošinj, Croatia. For those partners unfamiliar with monitoring and survey activities the BWI will act as the training organisation for the project. Finally, the BWI will participate in the development of management plans for turtles and dolphins in the Adriatic.
Blue World Institute
of Marine Research and Conservation
Kaštel 24, 51551