November 2001 the Project A.W.A.R.E. Foundation was able to cross the
boarder to Italy for the year’s last project. The construction site was
the small village of Lovere at the Lake of Iseo.
years ago the DC involved “Adrenalin Water Sport Center” set the goal to
persuade the public that not only the Mediterranean, but also the Italian
lakes in general are very attractive diving resorts. In order to make the
small Lake of Iseo more competitive against the famous lakes like Lake
Maggiore or Lake Como, he was very interested in the concept of Reef Balls.
being given a diversified and substantial presentation by the shop owner
Massimo Catarsi, the authorities of the province of Bergamo were not only
willing to grant the permission, but also to support the project financially
the local experts agreed on constructing one reef of 30 balls with the
original Reef Ball moulds in Lovere and additionally two with a completely
round shape in Tavernola and Predore. The different shape of latter reefs
was chosen on purpose to see if it had consequences for the quality,
quantity and kind of development.
this was the first project ever to be realized in Italy, a careful
monitoring of the habitat for the minimum of three years was granted easily.
In addition they consented on making observations once a month in the first
year and to use the results to trigger more sensitivity for environmental
issues especially among the young. For that purpose they focus on
arrangements with schools and the media.
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