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Protection of the dunes of Lacona (Elba Island, Tuscany)

Background

Coastal dunes at Lacona (Municipality of Capoliveri) are the last set of well-preserved coastal dunes present in the Tuscan Archipelago. They are known nationally regionally  for their strategic value as environmental relics. For this reason, some procedures are in progress to be undertaken for their inclusion, as an appendix, in a Natura 2000 Network site, and the National Park of the Tuscany Archipelago has always fought to preserve their natural status.

The Tuscany Archipelago National Park is willing to complete the acquisition of a large part of the coastal dune system, with funds allocated by MELS.

 

How does the activity develop in Tuscany?

The objective is the restoration and preservation of the dune system of the beach at Lacona (Elba Island), which is the last relic of the coastal dune system of the Tuscan Archipelago. In particular, with this action the aim is to re-naturalize the degraded coastal dunes, preserve and enhance the still existing stretches, through the involvement of the local population that is already activated through the constitution of the committee "Friends of the dunes of Lacona". All dune areas are private and there are several owners. The local population is actively involved through the constitution of a committee called "Friends of the dunes of Lacona”, that is in charge to buy the existing private property within the dune system to turn them into infrastructures dedicated to visitors and environmental education. The dune is threatened both by the sea, with a modest but steady erosion of the beach, and from the inland, because of the high number of visitors attendance during the summer and because of speculative appetites that are focused on some parcels of the private property. The dune has a very limited transverse and longitudinal extent (length of 1,200 m and a surface of about 33,000 square m), however it gives hospitality to habitats that are considered to be of primary importance at European level.