The CANA-CNRS vessel at the Port of Beirut s Naval Base, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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As the Mediterranean Sea faces growing threats from pollution and climate change, officials celebrated the 10-year anniversary of a collaboration between Lebanon and Italy that has enabled better marine research off the Lebanese coast. A decade ago, an Italian fishing boat named the "Rosa Marino" was renovated into a modern research vessel and set sail for Lebanon, where it was donated to Lebanon's National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) and relaunched as the CANA-CNRS Research Vessel.Since then, the vessel has helped in researching many aspects of the marine environment: mapping the sea floor along parts of Lebanon's coast and discovering underwater canyons, submerged freshwater springs and sunken archeological ruins covered by coral.Italian and European Union officials spoke of the shared interests of the countries bordering the Mediterranean in safeguarding the sea.
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