SETEMBER 18, 2023
UNDERWATER GARDENS INTERNATIONAL JOINS ONLY ONE
We are pleased to announce that Underwater Gardens International is now a member of Only One. Only One is an action platform with a mission to restore ocean health and address the climate crisis.
The platform unites advocates worldwide to drive global campaigns. Additionally, members of Only One contribute to initiatives such as mangrove and coral reef restoration and the removal of plastic and carbon pollution.
It’s noteworthy that 100% of the funds from Only One’s membership plans are allocated to projects on the ground. We look forward to our collaboration and the positive impact it will bring.
For more information about Only One and their initiatives, visit: https://only.one/
AUGUST 28, 2023
TIME SHINES LIGHT ON URGENT NEED TO SAVE OUR OCEANS
TIME Magazine‘s recent coverage underscores the pressing imperative to rescue our oceans, where biodiversity and ecosystem vitality are facing unprecedented threats.
In the spotlight is Enric Sala, the marine ecologist and founder of Pristine Seas, whose relentless efforts to heal our Ocean and restore their delicate balance are garnering global attention..
Celebrating the efforts and well-deserved recognition of Enric Sala, whose impactful work has earned him a feature in TIME Magazine. We are elated to witness this critical topic—one that we have tirelessly championed—attain the prominence it deserves.
Enric Sala‘s endeavors stand as a beacon of inspiration and validation for the work we tirelessly pursue at Underwater Gardens International. As we continue our commitment to Ocean regeneration and conservation, seeing such a vital cause gain the attention it warrants fuels our determination.
It’s vital that we chart a course towards rejuvenating our oceans, securing a vibrant future for generations ahead. The ocean and its biodiversity serve as the foundation of Earth’s life and climate regulation.
Read more about this vital issue in TIME Magazine’s coverage: https://time.com/6307205/enric-sala-ocean-conservation/
SEPTEMBER 1, 2023
UNDERWATER GARDENS INTERNATIONAL & OCEAN CITIZEN: A BEACON OF HOPE
Recently, at the renowned AIR Centre – Atlantic International Research Centre, an event unfolded that gave a fresh perspective on marine restoration. we were invited to present Underwater Gardens International through the esteemed Ocean Citizen project.
Why was this significant?
The Ocean today faces unparalleled degradation, witnessing unsettling changes in its very structure. Yet, there lies the promise of holistic approaches and groundbreaking protocols with Ocean Citizen. The project promises not just marine restoration, but also the fusion of ecological perspectives, societal commitment, and economic benefits, driving the resilience of local communities.
Collaboration seems to be the mantra, with the union of science and citizens at the core, aiming at nothing less than a full-fledged recovery and conservation of our coastal marine ecosystems.
The journey is backed by AIR Centre, an expansive network focusing on Atlantic Ocean-based collaboration, research, and policies, making science accessible to everyone.
Thank you to José Luis Moutinho and AIR Centre for seeing the potential and amplifying our mission!
SEPTEMBER 2, 2023
ATLANTIC & ARCTIC LIGHTHOUSE HOUR: A DIVE INTO OCEAN CITIZEN
Ocean’s criticality is undeniable. Providing over 50% of the oxygen, its deteriorating health, with 60% of ecosystems at risk, demands immediate attention. As Climate Change magnifies the issue, marine forests emerge as a beacon of hope, capturing carbon at unmatched rates.
Enter Underwater Gardens International (UGI): a nexus of marine science and large-scale regeneration. UGI doesn’t just provide solutions; it reinvents them. From a Biotech Toolbox, aimed at project-specific protocols, to Sea Gardens – a holistic approach to marine restoration, and the Underwater Gardens Blue Innovation Hub, the vision is clear, profound, and transformative.
Tune in to ‘Atlantic & Arctic Lighthouse Weekly Hour with OCEAN CITIZEN‘ to dive deeper into the realms of marine regeneration and UGI’s innovative solutions. Let’s make the European Green Deal’s ambition a reality and restore our oceans by 2030.
Full Article: https://lnkd.in/d7Rv-ceN
JUNE 30, 2023
UNDERWATER GARDENS INTERNATIONAL WILL FEATURE IN THE UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY «FUTURE SEEDS» SET TO PREMIERE ON PRIME VIDEO
We’re excited to announce that Underwater Gardens International will feature in the upcoming documentary «Future Seeds» set to premiere on Prime Video.
We had the pleasure of welcoming the film crew, providing insights into the pioneering technologies we’re developing for seabed regeneration..
We are thrilled to be part of this incredible journey that spotlights innovative and sustainable solutions for our planet’s future.
JUNE 29, 2023
UNDERWATER GARDENS INTERNATIONAL HAS BEEN FEATURED IN THE QUARTERLY REPORT “PERSPECTIVES EXPERTS” PUBLISHED BY BNP PARIBAS
Underwater Gardens International (UGI) has been featured in the quarterly report «PERSPECTIVES: Experts’ views on the green and social transition ON BIODIVERSITY» published by BNP Paribas.
The recognition comes within the «Innovation Watch: New technologies aiding biodiversity» section, focusing on how innovations can make a real difference, whether by providing a detailed evaluation of a site’s biodiversity or by boosting an ecosystem’s regeneration.
This report is released in the context of the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day and underlines the importance of investing in nature protection and reversing nature loss. We’re proud to be part of the global community that is working to address this vital challenge.
At UGI, we remain committed to our mission of regenerating ocean ecosystems and promoting climate change adaptation through science-based solutions.
We thank BNP Paribas for their support and for highlighting our work in this significant report.
Read the full report here: https://shorturl.at/fpDY5
JUNE 28, 2023
WE ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME DR DOR SHEFY TO UNDERWATER GARDENS INTERNATIONAL AS OUR NEW POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Dor Shefy to Underwater Gardens International (UGI) as our new Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Shefy completed his Master’s and Doctorate at the Ben Gurion University with expertise in marine invertebrates’ early life stages biology, coral reef restoration, artificial reefs evaluation, and monitoring long-term ecological processes over recent years.
At UGI, Dr. Shefy will be working on standardizing protocols to develop a quantitative roadmap for EcosystemCredits, based on the combination of carbon, biodiversity, and associated biomass credits. He will construct a theoretical and practical approach with the assistance of the MAF-WORLD and OCEAN CITIZEN Consortiums.
We’re excited to see how his experience and knowledge will contribute to our efforts at UGI, and we are eager to witness the advancements that will come from this new chapter.
Notably, BNP Paribas is partnered with Underwater Gardens International with particular focus on supporting scientific research. To read more about this partnership: BNP Paribas partners with Underwater Gardens to promote ocean regeneration.
To delve deeper into our exciting partnership with BNP Paribas, explore here: https://lnkd.in/dQp6QUy
JUNE 21, 2023
UNDERWATER GARDENS INTERNATIONAL RECENTLY PARTICIPATED IN THE TECHNICAL SYMPOSIUM “RESTORATION OF URBAN MARINE ECOSYSTEMS WITH NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS”
We recently participated in the technical symposium «Restoration of urban marine ecosystems with nature-based solutions» on June 13th. This was organized by the Barcelona City Council and the BlueNetCat (Maritime Network of Catalonia), with the collaboration of Institut de Ciències del Mar – CSIC,Col·legi de Biòlegs de Catalunya, and the Generalitat de Catalunya.
The symposium highlighted the vision we foster at Underwater Gardens International: crucial cooperation among scientific experts, the private sector, and public entities to aid the regeneration of degraded marine ecosystems. It demonstrated numerous synergies and various perspectives concerning urban marine ecosystems restoration.
Laura Busquier Angles presented our marine regeneration model. It underlines the protection and restoration of degraded marine ecosystems using scientifically validated methodologies, integrated design, and a focus on economic sustainability.
Our unique approach ensures scalable and long-lasting benefits from our marine regeneration efforts.
JUNE 11, 2023
WE ARE THRILLED TO SHARE THE REMARKABLE NEWS OF OUR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH BNP PARIBAS
We are thrilled to share the remarkable news of our strategic partnership with BNP Paribas, a major leap in our shared journey towards oceanic regeneration and climate adaptation.
Underwater Gardens International (UGI) is dedicated to deploying our scientifically-validated solutions to restore oceanic ecosystems and promote biodiversity, serving as a key performance indicator.
Among our global solutions, Smart Enhanced Reefs (SER®) stand out. These innovative artificial reefs are designed to address the specific needs of compromised ecosystems, fostering marine life restoration and enhancing local biodiversity, by being the perfect base to apply a wide range of regenerative techniques.
This alliance aligns perfectly with BNP Paribas’s steadfast commitment to accelerate ecological transition, inclusive of business financing and support for research that bolsters the protection of terrestrial and marine biodiversity.ques.
To delve deeper into our exciting partnership with BNP Paribas, explore here: https://lnkd.in/dQp6QUyw
JUNE 1, 2023
DR. SERGIO ROSSI REPRESENTED UNDERWATER GARDENS INTERNATIONAL AND THE OCEAN CITIZEN PROJECT AT THE HIGH-LEVEL EVENT MISSION “RESTORE OUR OCEAN AND WATERS BY 2030
Our company’s Scientific Director, Dr. Sergio Rossi, represented Underwater Gardens International and the Ocean Citizen Project at the high-level event MISSION Restore Our Ocean And Waters 2030 “The Mediterranean Lighthouse In Action», held in Palermo (Italy) on 30th and 31st May 2023.
This event, organized by the European Commission in cooperation with the Italian government, the Sicily Region, and the University of Palermo, brought together participants from across Europe, with a special focus on Mediterranean countries. The primary goal: tackling the challenges of Climate Change and Marine Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea. Dr. Sergio Rossi Heras presented the objectives of the Ocean Citizen Project during the event. For more details on the Ocean Citizen Project, please visit the following link: https://oceancitizen.eu
MARCH 24, 2023
UNDERWATER GARDENS INTERNATIONAL AT “FUTURE OF COASTAL TOURISM: REGENERATIVE, RESILIENT, AND THRIVING” AT THE MONACO OCEAN WEEK CONFERENCE
Last 22 of March, Marc García-Durán Huet, Executive President & Founder of Underwater Gardens International, spoke during the “Future of Coastal Tourism: Regenerative, Resilient, and Thriving” panel discussion, at the Monaco Ocean Week conference.
Aligning the legacy of Underwater Gardens International with the overall purpose of MOW2023, Underwater Gardens International collaborated with local and international experts in the scientific community and public sectors to discuss environmental consequences and solutions of coastaltourism. How can we reduce carbonfootprint and build sustainabletourism models to redevelop marine ecosystems?
MARCH 17, 2023
UNDERWATER GARDENS INTERNATIONAL AT OCEAN INNOVATORS PLATFORM
We are delighted to announce that Underwater Gardens International have been invited by the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco and Romain Ciarlet, the Executive Director of the Foundation, to speak at the OCEAN INNOVATORS PLATFORM, within the Monaco Ocean Week conference this week.
Since its inception, the Foundation has been building an ever-growing legacy for its ocean conservation commitments. This passion for impact led to the creation of the Monaco Blue Initiative, empowering foundation members to find collaborative solutions to the most crucial challenges facing the future of the ocean.
MARCH 7, 2023
PROF. PATRIZIO MARIANI FROM THE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK KIEL UNIVERSITY INVITED UNDERWATER GARDENS INTERNATIONAL TO BE PART OF THE DISCUSSIONS HELD AS MISSION ATLANTIC: INSTROSPECTION AND LEGACY
The 24th February I had the pleasure to be invited by Prof. Patrizio Mariani from the DTU – Technical University of Denmark, Kiel University, one of the consortium partners of OceanCitizen to be part of the discussions held as Mission Atlantic: Instrospection and legacy, where the Advisory Board, Executive Board and End Users Focus Groups, we got together to explore and aligned in what could be The Future Steps to support The Sustainable Development of maritime activities in the #atlanticocean under the influence of climate change and explotation.
FEBRUARY 5, 2023
UNDERWATER GARDENS INTERNATIONAL AT THE 6TH G-STIC: GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION COMMUNITY CONFERENCE
The scientific Director of Underwater Gardens International, Dr.Sergio Rossi Heras, has been invited to the 6th G-STIC: Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Community Conference in Rio de Janeiro (13-15 January 2023).
People from all over the world talking about the need for solutions, and the bridge that has to become the future of the planet activities: going together the academia and the public-private initiatives, offering real solutions for the real world.
We need a bottom up approach, more solidarity, communication and synergy, more equity and cooperation. As ministers, stakeholders, respresentatives of large corporations or NGOs said, «is time to act, we don’t have time to make sterile discussions».
FEBRUARY 4, 2023
THE OCEANCITIZEN PROJECT KICKED OFF!
Last week (January 23-26), the OceanCitizen project kicked off where the most advanced marine science and a cutting-edge team of entrepreneurs met at the main pilot site in Spain to coordinate this exciting regenerative project, where the marine forest restoration actions will take place over the next 4 years.
This project is a benchmark for the demonstration of the Mission Blue Horizon Europe Program and is in the EU’s spotlight as one of the most inspiring.
The project integrates economy, ecology, education, business, communication and oceanography as a synergic vision of the challenge that we face: to implement an underwater coastal restoration protocol, in which a new generation of ocean gardeners through an economically sustainable program will enhance local economies and ecosystem species, serving as a key principle for creating a new way of «harmony between people and the Ocean.”
FEBRUARY 1, 2023
ABU DHABI SUSTAINABLE FINANCE FORUM «THE PATH TO COP28”
Marc García-Durán Huet, Executive President & Founder of Underwater Gardens International, will be partaking in the 5th edition of the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum ‘The Path to COP28, UAE’ presented by ADGM and hosted by Masdar, as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. In this Forum, the most advanced and challenging ideas about environment and sustainability are exposed by selected companies.
Underwater Gardens International was invited to this forum as part of a shortlisted startups and ventures that have capitalized on their sustainable endeavors to deliver cutting-edge and impact-driven services.
Marc García-Durán Huet talked talked about the ongoing change of paradigm, in which taking care of nature is profitable thanks to our integrated approach, and a best-in-class scientific collaboration backing the project: altogether promoting an articulated regenerative plan for coast lines. He exposed the need to go beyond carbon credits into biodiversity credits, in which biodiversity and ecosystem functioning should also be considered.
JANUARY 9, 2023
ABU DHABI SUSTAINABLE FINANCE FORUM «THE PATH TO COP28”
Marc García-Durán Huet, Executive President & Founder of Underwater Gardens International, will be partaking in the 5th edition of the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum ‘The Path to COP28, UAE’ presented by ADGM and hosted by Masdar, as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
The forum consists of a packed agenda of sessions and panel discussions, shedding light on this year’s #cop28 which will be hosted in the UAE, and latest financial trends, regulations, and much more.
NOVEMBER 24, 2022
UNDERWATER GARDENS PARTICIPATED AT COP27 CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN SHARM EL-SHEICK, EGYPT
We participated at the COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt) from November 11th to 18th at the “Solutions Day” We had the opportunity to share the model of Underwater Gardens International as a Climate Solution at the discussion of Financing models for the Future, within the framework of Track 8: Developing Transformative Financial Instruments.
We shared this occasion with the speakers, Andrea Castellanos (Alliance of Biodiversity International and CIAT), Engy Abbel Wahab (UNDP Egypt Accelerator Lab), Kat Bruce (Nature Metrics LTD) and Sebastien Soleille (BNP Paribas)
OCTOBER 12, 2022
UNDERWATER GARDENS INSTALARÁ UN ARRECIFE ARTIFICIAL EN EL PORT OLÍMPIC DE BARCELONA
El arrecife artificial, formado por un centenar de biotopos, rodeará el nuevo dique de abrigo del Port Olímpic de Barcelona para atraer biodiversidad marina a este tramo del litoral.
La instalación empezará a principios de 2023 y durará 7 meses.
Las piezas 3D creadas por Underwater Gardens serán de un metro de altura y dos de ancho, con un diseño de formas orgánicas, lleno de cavidades para que puedan refugiarse en ellas especies como gorgonias, meros, congrios, morenas, esponjas, pulpos o langostas
OCTOBER 7, 2022
UNDERWATER GARDENS INTERNATIONAL AT INNOVATION DOCK 2022
Underwater Gardens International has been selected as one of the «15 most innovative European startups» that will be presented at the Innovation Dock 2022. Innovation Dock 2022 is a space to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the nautical sector in a more tangible way.
Innovation Dock 2022 is a space to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the nautical sector in a more tangible way.
OCTOBER 6, 2022
UNDERWATER GARDENS AT THE ENTREPRENEUR’S DIALOGUE BY IESE
Underwater Gardens International (UGI) was one of the startups participating in the Entrepreneur’s Dialogue “A Way to learn. A Mark to make. A world to change” organized by IESE Business School, from October 6 to 8 in Munich (Germany).
The speakers were Marc García-Durán, Underwater Gardens Internacional Executive President & Founder, Pepo Rullan, Specialized in Project management and Business Development, and Christophe Canler, Risk & Business advisor.
JULY 22, 2022
OCEAN CITIZEN HAS BEEN AWARDED IN THE PROGRAM “HORIZON EUROPE”
The project OCEAN CITIZEN has been awarded with 11.4 million euros in the program “Horizon Europe”, led by the European Union Research and Innovation.
As partner of the consortium OCEAN CITIZEN, Underwater Gardens International (UGI) will have the opportunity to tightly collaborate with the other 21 international partners belonging to 7 different countries of the EU and Israel. The project will be make mainly in Tenerife, where UGI has the first ongoing regenerative park.
«Restoration acts promote biodiversity, enhance carbon sequestration and accelerate coastal and offshore resilience.»
Yet, we still lack a program that combines conservation and restoration under a unified setting, as the involvement of local citizen, embracing socio-economic parameters into opportunities.
Thus, an advanced restoration program must conjoin ecological perspectives together with societal commitment and clear economic benefits for local communities.
Responding to the above, OCEAN CITIZEN proposal represent a novel restoration approach in which a profession of “gardeners of the sea” is created and endorsed, including detailed curriculum; the project targets the restoration of the most neglected marine biome, encompassing the various types of Marine Forest (MF) organisms (seagrasses, seaweeds, sponges, corals, gorgonians, etc.); transplantation of MF organisms the is performed on land, and in situ, from shallow, mesophotic to continental shelf areas (to 90-100 meters depth); a novel approach for C sequestering and sink the full involvement of citizens and local stakeholders with a complete business plan.
JULY 15, 2022
UGI HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE GREENTECH CATALOG
Underwater Gardens International (UGI) has been included in The GreenTech Catalogue, a compilation of 121 GreenTech innovative solutions from leading companies and technology centers from Barcelona-Catalonia, led by ACCIÓ and the Technological Transformation and Disruption Unit of the Government of Catalonia.
The GreenTech Catalogue is an interactive tool showcasing top solutions aiming to fight against climate change, gathers good practices and is an inspiring tool to assist you in your green transition process.
You can download The GreenTech Catalogue in the following link: http://catalonia.com/greentech-catalogue.jsp
JULY 12, 2022
UNA NOVA ENGINYERIA I JARDINERIA SUBMARINES PER SALVAR ELS MARS I OCEANS
Article publicat a la secció “Enginyeria amb propòsit”, dels fulls d´Enginyeria de Enginyers Industrials de Catalunya.
El document parla de com l’empresa Underwater Gardens International (UGI) dóna resposta a aquest repte, de recuperació de la biodiversitat i millora dels ecosistemes, dotant a la societat d’instruments per a la regeneració marina i l’adaptació al canvi climàtic dels serveis ecosistèmics marins, tot combinant-lo amb tasques de conscienciació y educació ambiental.
JUNE 7, 2022
UNDERWATER GARDENS HAS BEEN ENDORSED AS PART OF THE UN OCEAN DECADE
We are pleased to announce amb share that our project Underwater Gardens has been endorsed by the IOC Executive Secretary as part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030.
The vision of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development(2021-2030) is the «science we need for the ocean we want» and its main mission is promote transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development, connecting people and our ocean.
The UN Ocean Decade is a convening framework for diverse stakeholders to co-design and co-deliver solution-oriented research needed for a well-functioning ocean in support of the 2030 Agenda. Capacity development, ocean literacy and the removal of barriers to full gender, generational, and geographic diversity are essential elements of the Decade.
The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development is supported by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.
DECEMBER 10, 2021
STARTUPS INNOVATING TO REGENERATE THE SEABED
Regenerate to thrive: Underwater Gardens is an example of entrepreneurship focused on recovering the richness of seas and oceans.
Time is running out for the oceans. Human activity is bringing them closer to a point of irreversible degradation. But nature-inspired innovation is leading to the proliferation of several startups that are betting on technology-based solutions to address the regeneration of marine biodiversity.
SETEMBER 26, 2020
MEJOR INVERTIR EN CONSERVAR QUE EN PREVENIR NUEVAS PANDEMIAS
El biólogo español Enric Sala, investigador residente de National Geographic en Estados Unidos y creador de varias reservas marinas, señala a EFE que “es mucho más barato e inteligente invertir millones de dólares en la conservación del planeta que no trillones en prevenir nuevas pandemias”.center;»>.
SETEMBER 16, 2020
EL TURISMO REGENERATIVO MEJORA EL VIAJE Y EL DESTINO
Adiós a la turismofobia: el turismo regenerativo mejora el viaje y el destino. Los efectos de la pandemia sobre el sector han promovido planteamientos más sostenibles, con menos impacto ambiental y que redunden en beneficio de los habitantes de las zonas que reciben miles de viajeros.
DECEMBER 5, 2018
ENTREVISTA A PURIFICACIO CANALS, PRESIDENTA DE MEDPAN
Purificació Canals, aborda la importancia de la cooperación internacional y de la construcción de una visión y una voz conjuntas de todos los actores implicados en la conservación del Mediterráneo, como la creación de nuevos espacios marinos protegidos o la lucha contra la contaminación.
SETEMBER 20, 2018
MC SPAIN BUSCA CÓMO CREAR FLORA Y FAUNA MARINA EN UNA PLATAFORMA ARTIFICIAL
La compañía MC Spain ha colaborado en el desarrollo de una plataforma de 120×70 cms realizada con un hormigón especial de alta durabilidad que atraerá la flora y fauna marina en la localidad de Vandellòs i l´Hospitalet de l´Infant (Tarragona).
APRIL 24, 2018
CONFERENCIA DE MARC GARCÍA-DURÁN EN EL SMART ISLAND WORLD CONGRESS
Conferencia de Marc García-Durán, Arquitecto y fundador de Underwater Gardens, celebrada en el Smart Island World Congress de Barcelona, sobre el tema “Innovations driving the tourism industry”. La charla se centró en como las nuevas tendencias de transformación digital están remodelando los modelos de negocio de las actividades basadas en el turismo y generando nuevas oportunidades y desafíos.
FEBRUARY 12, 2018
LEGISLACIÓN DE ARRECIFES ARTIFICIALES
Los países y/o regiones, tienen diferentes definiciones de arrecife artificial. En el documento se citan las distintas maneras de definir los arrecifes artificiales que podemos encontrar en los diferentes convenios y guías tanto internacionales como de ámbito local.
JANUARY 5, 2018
QUÉ SON LAS ZONAS MUERTAS DEL OCÉANO Y POR QUÉ CADA VEZ HAY MÁS
Según un estudio publicado recientemente en la revista Science, el tamaño de las zonas sin oxígeno en las aguas abiertas del océano se ha cuadruplicado desde mediados del siglo XX, mientras que las zonas con muy poco oxígeno cerca de las costas se han multiplicado por 10.
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