Marettimo Boot Camp

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.




Investigate and reflect on sustainability issues, with a focus on climate-smart oceans and resilient communities, at both the local and global levels, with sector experts including representatives from international agencies (FAO, European Union, PRIMA Foundation, GFAR, etc.), academia, chefs, and activists.



Observe the sustainable fishing practices used on the island and listen to the story of the community of Marettimo. You will participate in local discoveries to actively understand the island environment: go and recover nets with local fishermen, use traditional transport means such as donkeys and hear stories from the elders!



Transfer your knowledge into practice and become a climate shaper. At the end of the week you will take part in our two-day Hackathon to apply your ideas and solve real world problems with your team giving back solutions to the community hosting us!


  • Positive stories in action – People are suffering from ‘Climate Exhaustion’ which stops them from making changes as frustration and anxiety take over. In this Boot Camp, startuppers, thinkers, and doers will re-inspire you to take action!
  • A Boot Camp for the community –We are deeply convinced that community and networks are fundamental in achieving food sustainability. We put SDG 17 “Partnerships for the goals” at the very center of our activities. Only through the sharing of knowledge, can we help each other and build a stronger and more connected community.
  • Have your ever thought about…? – The richness of our Boot Camps relies on the variety of the content and the field of expertise of our participants. This thriving environment will help you find surprising new stimuli and connections to address climate change with more creative and unexpected solutions.
  • 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

    End overfishing

    Differential treatment

    Value creation

    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: 


    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.

    Ready to become a Climate Shaper?

    Contact us with questions. Or apply online today!