Culture, Blue Technology & Blue Growth
The ocean covers 71% of the Earth's surface, and ocean and coastal ecosystems provide people with significant economic and environmental services as well as impressive cultural and physical assets. In addition to the traditional exploitation of natural resources (such as fisheries, aquaculture and manufacturing), a wider vision for the "blue economy" can provide important sources of sustainable economic growth for Member States' economies and coastal communities in particular. Innovation is a growing driving force for the growth of the blue economy in the Mediterranean (and beyond). The Mediterranean Sea hosts treasures of unique cultural heritage assets and natural wealth, creating opportunities for the development of diving and cultural tourism. The scientific study and tourism development of the marble heritage are developing rapidly in the Mediterranean following the ratification of the UNESCO Convention (2001).
The "blue economy" can provide important sources of sustainable economic growth for Member States' economies and coastal communities in particular.
The ocean covers 71% of the earth’s surface and the ocean and coastal ecosystems provide to the people significant economic and environmental services as well as the impressive asset of culture and nature.
Within this framework, ATLANTIS Consulting implements projects aiming at the promotion of culture, "blue" technologies and the exploitation of the underwater wealth (cultural and natural) for the benefit of the European economy. ATLANTIS is pioneering internationally on the issue of the protection and sustainable exploitation of the cultural heritage.
In recent years, ATLANTIS, with its participation in Greek and European works, has contributed to tangible achievements such as:
- The characterization as accessible historic wrecks of the Greek seas (currently about ten, including four in Alonissos and three in the western Pagasitikos). Most shipwrecks belong to vessels of medieval and ancient times.
- The development of technologies which support the exploitation of the underwater heritage (and natural) wealth of the Mediterranean, such as digitization for the creation of 3D models of reconstruction underwater archaeological sites, the use of new technologies for the recording of marine archaeological sites, the use of new technologies for recording archaeological research, virtual (VR/AR), augmented tours, virtual diving applications, open marine archaeological research workshops, educational underwater archaeological games also called “serious games” etc.
- Improvement of the Greek and European institutional framework on issues such as the accessibility to the archaeological sites, the funding of the archaeological research and the integration of the Marine Spatial Planning Marine Archaeological Sites.
- Submission of proposals for the operation of the accessibility of underwater archaeological sites at a national level through their integration in European and National funding programs, in Regional Operational Plans etc.
- Consolidation, at local and national level, of the idea that the protection of the underwater archaeological wealth presupposes the studied tourism and educational exploitation primarily for the benefit of the local communities and always having as a basis the principles of sustainable development.
In addition to supporting underwater culture, ATLANTIS also supports institutions that are active in the wider area of culture (but also organizations with similar needs, such as charity foundations and educational institutions) focusing on:
- Updating the financial sustainability model
- Searching for funding for modernization and development projects
- Expanding the impact on new audiences
- Establishment of strategic partnerships with Greek and foreign organizations
Our recent work is the Strategic partnership with the “Museum of Photography Christos Kalemkeri” in the Municipality of Kalamaria.