Discover sustainable fisheries and the importance of resilience from local heroes on this 12-square-KM island in the middle of the Mediterranean.
The importance of the oceans in the global climate cannot be overstated. Oceans are by far the largest carbon sink in the world. According to World Watch, algae, coral and ocean vegetation store around 93% of carbon dioxide. Oceans also absorb an overwhelming portion of our planet’s excess heat. As greenhouse gases and atmospheric heat increase, growing pressure is placed on our oceans to pick up the slack. Furthermore oceans provide an ideal environment for the production of nutritious foods.
Welcome to Marettimo
The Egadi archipelago consists of three islands: Favignana, Levanzo, and Marettimo. With its 53,992 ha, it is the largest Marine Reserve in Europe.
Marettimo was called Hiera, which means “holy island” and it is the most extreme and unpopulated of the archipelago islands. This paradise, in the heart of the Mediterranean, has a history that originates with the myth of Ulysses and passes through Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, and the Spaniards.
Future Food chose Marettimo as a symbol of the Mediterranean, where biodiversity of flora and fauna are rich and unique. The island boasts special, endemic plants, some of which are completely absent from the rest of Sicily, but present on the coasts of Lazio, Tuscany, and Asia Minor.
Marettimo is the perfect place to study the sustainable use of marine resources and small-scale fisheries.
Curriculum & Learning Platform
The Boot Camp is based on an experiential learning approach that allows participants to engage in an international workshop environment comprised of live experiences, challenges, prototyping exercises, teamwork-based innovation challenges, mentorship sessions, and inspirational talks presented by visionary entrepreneurs, policymakers, innovators, and thought leaders. Meet the instructors and mentors.
Climate-Smart Oceans Track
Sustainable management of aquaculture
Sustainable use of marine resources
Access small-scale fisheries
Cross-Curricular Food Shoot
This experiential learning platform enables talented, purpose-driven individuals to optimize their specific food interventions to first, positively impact the five Food Shoot areas, identified by the Google Food Team, and ultimately the food-related SDGs.
- ENABLE individuals to make personal, informed food choices for sustainable lifestyles
- SHIFT diets
- ENHANCE food (systems) transparency
- REDUCE loss and waste in food systems
- ACCELERATE the transition to a circular food economy
Our Climate Shapers are SEEDERS, talented and charismatic individuals, driving dialogue and change:
- SEEING the challenges of current systems that accelerate climate change and chronic diseases;
- ENVISIONING what needs to be done to improve these systems as a part of reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s);
- ENGAGING with people and organizations in their own environments to start making change;
- DOING a pledge to stay actively involved.
Learn more about Boot Camp ‘Climate Shapers.’
All sessions are conducted in English. Participants must have adequate English proficiency to follow sessions and contribute to discussions and projects.
Boot Camp “Climate Shapers” are selected through an application process consisting of:
- Online application form
- Brief personal statement of 250 words (within application form)
- Current CV
In addition to an enriching experience, knowledge, and skills, participants who successfully complete the boot camp, and all related activities, will earn a Climate Shaper certificate, from Future Food Institute and FAO elearning academy. This certificate can be displayed on your social media profiles and included in your CV.
Beyond the certificate of completion, Climate Shapers will also have access to the Future Food Alumni network, including invitation to exclusive events and further opportunities for involvement in food transformation initiatives.
The regular Boot Camp participation fee is 1,850.00 euro.
This includes tuition, prototyping materials, shared meals, island transportation, and workshops.
If you are applying as part of a company the fee per person is 2,500.00 euro.
If you are a student, an alumnus/a of FIP, FFI/FAO boot camp, FF/YTA, or applying as part of an NGO, a startup, or a non-profit organization, you are entitled to the reduced fee of 975.00 euro.
Frequently ASked Questions
The boot camp is a full time – intensive program. Three community events/dinners and Hackathon involving the local stakeholders are going to be organized. The last day of the program lessons ends at 2 PM.
We suggest that you use a credit card or PayPal. If you are unable to pay with a credit card you can pay via bank transfer. However, if we don’t receive your payment within 7 days, your workshop bookings will be canceled to give your space to another participant.
Yes, we offer a reduced fee for people belonging to an NGO, a startup or a non-profit organization. If you are eligible for this fee, please check the box in the application form. Please note that we may ask you for proof of your eligibility.
All Boot Camp sessions are conducted in English. Participants must have minimum English proficiency to follow along and participate in discussions.
The island is served by regular ferries from Sicily through Ustica Ferries (select Isole Egadi) and Siremar.
Upon admission to the program, you will be contacted for information on your travel plans so that Future Food can assist you with your transportation arrangements.
Transportation around the island for all the Boot Camp activities will be coordinated by Future Food. Participants only need to arrange getting to the Island.
All Boot Camp participants will be hosted by local families. Future Food will organize the arrangements and communicate with you prior to your arrival. The cost of accommodations is included in the total cost of the program.
Upon admission to the program, Future Food will send you a questionnaire to inquire about your accommodation preferences.
All meals are provided from Monday, 13 July through Monday, 19 July. Upon admission to the program, you will be sent a questionnaire which will ask about any dietary restrictions.
There is a small grocery store, fresh market, pharmacy, caffe, and bar on the island should you need anything else during your stay.
For more information on the island please visit the local tourism site here.