Nausicaá National Sea Centre
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Coordinator; WP1 and WP7 Leader; Geographical Area Leader for France
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Société d'Exploitation du Centre National de la Mer, Nausicaá, is an aquarium that shows the world's oceans and seas on a 6000 m2 exhibition area to 620.000 visitors per year, from North West Europe (Benelux, France, Germany, and UK). It is among the top ten tourist and cultural attractions in France with 12 million visitors since its opening in 1991. The permanent and temporary exhibitions highlight the relationship between man and marine environment. Nausicaá disseminates scientific information and develops educational programmes, outreach activities, communication tools and events. Nausicaá was recognised as the world's first Centre of Excellence for ocean education by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission in 1999.

Nausicaá's main purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of the world's oceans, to educate general public about how to better manage marine resources and to invite everyone to take action to protect the marine environment.

In the permanent exhibition Nausicaá proposes an innovative interactive multimedia cooperative platform - "Sea ... Live" theatre. The theatre stages educational activities for aquarium visitors and schools, news and films about marine ecosystem services and sustainable development, educational programmes, video reports of events and live interviews by videoconferencing with other aquariums, museums, and educational centres spokespeople, researchers, nature conservation programme executives, and environmental NGOs representatives.

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