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30/10/2014 - Mediterranean bassin: a fresh start for CAMP Italy Project and integrated coastal zone management

Alghero, Italy, regional park of Porto Conte, 12 November 2014, 11:30 am.

Next 12 November in the Italian city of Alghero, will be presented the structure and partners of "CAMP Italy Project". The Project represents a concrete answer to the problems arising from an icreasing pressure on the coasts and to damages caused by the combination of Climate Change, coastal erosion and hydrogeological stress issues.

On this occasion and during the Conference of presentation and initiation (Inception Conference), representatives of other Mediterranean CAMP Projects, along with the major national and international authorities, UNEP/MAP, the Ministry of Environment and the Regions concerned (Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and Sardinia-Coastal Conservatory Agency), will exchange common expertise and experiences to define their contributions to the Project and adopt the Inception Report. The Report provides a detailed description of each activity carried out within the Project, while presenting problems encountered and proposing strategies to solve them.

In fact, CAMP is oriented at implementing pilot projects on integrated coastal zone management in Mediterranean areas of relevant interest, with the aim to identify, adapt and test methodologies and tools for integrated sustainable management. Italy, with its CAMP Italy Project, fully adapts to Mediterranean strategies and methodologies for the protection of the environmental, historical, cultural and socio-economic heritage of national coasts.

Italy differs from other CAMP Project to be a multi-area Project involving three regions and five areas: two in Tuscany, two in Sardinia and two in Emilia-Romagna. These areas embody typical territorial characteristics different from each other, so have been selected to represent the most relevant types of the Italian coast.

Among sustainable development strategies adopted within CAMP, the main tool for the integrated management of coastal areas remains the ICZM Protocol of the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the the Barcelona Convention, which entered into force on 24 March 2011.

Italy and its CAMP Italy Project, is now ready to share its local dimension with a broader and common Mediterranean vision, in synergy with other important initiatives both in the Mediterranean and in Europe. CAMP Italy Project looks to the future and to the synergistic protection and enhancement of the environmental, historical, cultural and socio-economic development of national coasts. Also, it aims at representing a concrete and sustainable alternative to the massive coastal exploitation consisting in a overbuilding of coastal territory and uncontrolled proliferation of structures and facilities.