The Project

DELTA-Connecting Science, Technology, and Blue Economy to Promote Sustainable Management, Employment, and Informed Policy Decisions on the Island of La Palma

DELTA is a comprehensive initiative focused on the observation and management of the marine ecosystem affected by the volcanic eruption in 2021 on the island of La Palma (the Canary Islands, Spain). Coordinated from the headquarters of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN), the initiative aims to collect data, analyze environmental variables, establish observation systems, and create models for the conservation and sustainable management of the ecosystem. The multidisciplinary data collected will promote sustainable management based on scientific knowledge required to improve governance in the area.

The initiative demonstrates the relationship between environmental observation and its direct application in creating products and services in the field of the blue economy. It also promotes sustainable employment and effective mechanisms for biodiversity preservation. The project is funded by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, the Fight against Climate Change, and Territorial Planning of the Government of the Canary Islands, and the State Secretariat for the Environment of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.

Objectives

Observation of the Ecosystem

Observe and investigate the lava deltas and nearby areas to understand marine changes and processes, while providing continuous monitoring contributing to the sustainable management of the ecosystem.

Generate data

Generate scientific evidence for sustainable management and responsible use of the environment and the generated knowledge, promote knowledge transfer, and contribute to decision-making and informed governance.

Socio-economic Impact

Develop products and services to promote the blue economy and the socioeconomic recovery of La Palma, by fostering sustainability in tourism based on the conservation and observation of the marine environment while creating blue jobs.

Awareness

Communicate, raise awareness, and highlight the marine natural resources of the island of La Palma. Additionally, promote the transfer of results and the creation of long-term alliances to ensure the continuity of activities and the exploitation of the project’s achievements.

Expected impact

Conservation and Sustainable Management:

The generated knowledge will contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of the volcanic delta ecosystem, enabling informed decision-making.

Citizen Participation:

Community involvement in data collection will increase public awareness and strengthen the relationship between science and society.

Job Generation:

The project will generate direct and indirect employment on the island of La Palma, boosting the local economy.

Transferability and Sustainability:

The transfer of results and the creation of long-term partnerships will be promoted to ensure the continuity of activities and the exploitation of the project’s achievements.

The expected impact of the project includes:

Data Collection

Utilization of advanced sensor systems to gather bio-acoustic, bio-optical, chemical, and physical data from the volcanic delta ecosystem and the surrounding water column.

Data Validation and Management

Implementation of processes to validate and manage the collected data, ensuring its integrity and quality.

Modeling and Simulation:

Development of numerical models and digital twins to predict the state and evolution of the ecosystem in response to environmental and anthropogenic changes.

Citizen Participation:

Creation of tools to involve the community in the collection of scientific data, including mobile applications and social networks.

Communication and Outreach:

Design of communication strategies to inform and raise awareness among various stakeholders about the objectives and results of the project.

Generation of Services and Products:

Development of products and services based on the collected data, with the aim of boosting the local economy and job creation.

PROJECT STRUCTURE

Work Packages

  • Activities: Review of the state of the art, acquisition of equipment and instrumentation, obtaining permits and authorizations, planning sea outings.

 

  • Objective: Collect detailed data on the marine ecosystem in the island of La Palma.
  • Activities: Establish baselines, validate data, process and analyze data collected in the Observation package.

 

  • Objective: Manage and effectively leverage the information generated by the project.
  • Activities: Identify stakeholders, understand their needs, create tools for citizen and participatory science.

 

  • Objective: Develop data-based services and products to benefit the community and the local economy.
  • Activities: Inform and communicate results to businesses and public entities, engage the community, promote the transferability of results, and raise awareness about marine conservation.

 

  • Objective: Maximize the project’s impact through dissemination and dialogue with stakeholders.
PLOCAN

Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias

PLOCAN

PLOCAN is a scientific and technical infrastructure specialized in studies and projects related to the ocean, with its main operational base located on the island of Gran Canaria, although its scope essentially covers the European community. In addition to the main headquarters, PLOCAN has two island representations in La Palma and Fuerteventura, allowing it to cover different geographical areas and expand the possibilities of its test beds in the archipelago.

The PLOCAN headquarters in La Palma constitutes a focal point where research teams converge and the development of advanced technologies on the island is promoted to conduct oceanographic studies. The goal is to generate data and services with a socio-economic impact.

Likewise, PLOCAN has its own team residing on the island of La Palma, from where scientific and technological projects are managed, whose scope has a direct or indirect impact on the island. The island representations of PLOCAN play a fundamental role in driving marine research and knowledge transfer at the regional level, as well as in promoting island awareness and sustainability efforts related to marine resources.

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