- Coastal pollution by marine litter, plastics, and abandoned fishing gear is one of the main threats to the marine environment. A large part of this waste is also produced by tourists and boaters. The project aims to raise awareness of the public of the damage caused by marine pollution in order to change the most negative behaviors.
- Unsustainable fishing practices have a direct impact on marine species and habitats. In accordance with the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030, the project aims to increase cooperation between fishermen and managers of Natura 2000 sites, by acting on rules respect and fishermen’s participation in applications for sustainable fisheries funds (EMFF funding).
- The behaviors of tourists that frequently visit the coasts can cause high damage to marine habitats. Examples include anchoring in posidonia meadows, jet ski activities, and collisions with marine mammals given by excessive speed. Natura 2000 sites have great potential for coastal tourism, but their fragility requires regulation of activities.
The Natura 2000 Network in the marine environment offers a variety of ecosystem services, such as the preservation of the natural coastal landscape, with associated tourism induced, and the “production” of valuable species for fisheries. The project aims to communicate these values, to increase the appreciation of these places and the attention given to them by local governments.
Not all Natura 2000 sites have effective management plans based on local and up-to-date knowledge of habitats and threatened species. The project aims to involve all stakeholders, to develop conservation strategies, data updates and effective management plans for each site.