Raising awareness, taking action and protecting the beautiful islands of Algeria’s Oranese Coast; that’s the threefold objective of marine ecology organization Barbarous, led by Amine Chakouri, an environmental activist passionate about the sea. Home to over 12,000 plant and animal species, the Mediterranean is an important reservoir of biodiversity. But this rich and diverse environment is threatened by human activities, such as overfishing, the use of destructive fishing techniques, pollution and climate change. Little by little, these activities are damaging the shared resources and riches of the Mediterranean. To carry out his mission, the general secretary of the association Amine Chakouri is supported by a team of members, including several divers, all of whom are aware of the need to protect marine biodiversity in order to ensure its survival and reproduction.

Since its launch, Barbarous has undertaken several actions on the ground, notably seabed cleaning, removal of discarded dishing nets, training of eco-divers and initiatives to raise awareness among users of the sea. It also runs visits to the Centre, the headquarters of the association, during which guides tell the story of the items on display. It also regularly organises actions aimed at the general public and advocacy campaigns aiming to improve awareness about the importance of keeping the ocean clear and the damaging impact of waste on underwater flora and fauna. As well as training, visits and raising awareness, Barbarous also focuses on scientific research in the field of environmental preservation and works to promote marine protected areas and sustainable fisheries as means of conserving biodiversity and resources.

Nature is so plentiful! The seabeds offer such vast diversity and are home to so many unique animal and plant species. It is our duty to protect them to ensure their continued survival. At Barbarous, our priorities are action and, above all, raising awareness, as we understand that alone we go fast, but together we go far


The SwitchMed initiative is funded by the European Union. Its activities benefit 8 countries in the Southern Mediterranean: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. Through policy development, demonstration activities and networking opportunities, SwitchMed supports and connects stakeholders to scale-up eco and social innovations. The programme supports policy makers, eco-innovative small and medium sized enterprises, industries, start-ups and entrepreneurs in the Southern Mediterranean countries, which have identified job creation and natural resource protection as priority issues that also contribute to their economic stability.

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The Switchers is a community of inspiring green entrepreneurs and changemakers in the Mediterranean region. It is also a place where entrepreneurs that share a common passion for the environment can meet. Switchers are green and circular businesses implementing eco-innovative solutions that contribute to sustainable and fair consumption and production models. They are active in a variety of fields, such as sustainable farming, green construction, sustainable textiles and cosmetics, eco-tourism, renewable energy, or waste management.

#EyesOnGreen (2021)

To celebrate the World Environment Day in 2021, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), the EU Neighbours South regional communication programme, and the SwitchMed initiative teamed up for the launch of the regional competition EYES ON GREEN. The competition covered 7 countries of the Southern Neighbourhood region: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia. The online ...

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