On-line the management plan of the anchorages and moorings of the 3 National Parks

The management plans for the anchors and moorings of the 3 National Parks can now be downloaded from the Products section of our website.

The drafting work was coordinated by the project partner IAS-CNR of Oristano and involved, in addition to the 3 National Parks, also the coordinating beneficiary D.R.E.Am. Italy and the partner ISPRA.

The Mooring Plan plays a key role in pursuing the conservation objectives of habitat 1120, as it is specific to the site for which it is drawn up, and also provides an overview of the necessary site-specific measures.

The philosophy of the work is based exclusively on the protection of the priority habitat 1120, and does not in any way want to modify or enter into the regulations in force, relating to the use and protection of the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) affected by the project, as already they perfectly comply with Community and national regulations on environmental protection and priority habitats.

The issues dealt with depending on the behaviour of the individual user who can be directed towards more sustainable use of resources only through the synergy of the various institutions that manage and control the territories concerned in various ways, through the development of appropriate management tools and naturally carrying out activities of information, awareness and environmental education.


First meeting with Malta stakeholders

The first meeting with Malta's stakeholders took place on 29 July to present the SeaForest LIFE project and the results achieved so far.

This first meeting is essential to establish a dialogue with local institutions, managing bodies and the world of research in order to be able to export the project also to Malta.

Sampling activities in the Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni National Park

The sampling activities carried out at the Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni National Park were successfully completed. In these 5 days, the ISPRA project partners have performed numerous diving activities, aerial flights with the drone, acquisitions with the surface vehicle and the canoe. 5 intense days, spent alongside the staff of the Carabinieri Corps of the Underwater Corps of Naples and the staff of the 3D Research, a Spin-off of the University of Calabria, which ended with the service of the RAI television program "Linea Blu" which it will be broadcast on 11 July at 2 pm on RAI1. The collected Posidonia oceanica samples were delivered to the colleagues of the University of Tuscia who from today have started the first analysis activities.


ISPRA and the whole project is keen to thank the Park for the support received and for having promptly contacted the competent maritime authorities.


A tender procedure has been published by the Asinara National Park

The tender procedure for the design service for new mooring systems for buoys within the "Isola dell'Asinara" Marine Protected Area foreseen in the action C3 has been published on the Public Administration Electronic Market (MePA).


The action C3 has the purpose of creating mooring areas in areas where the management plan does not provide for free anchoring and in any case to protect particularly sensitive areas characterized by anthropogenic pressure generated by the use of boats in the summer season. Therefore, eco-compatible moorings will be installed. In addition to the conservation of the Posidonia seabeds, therefore, their installation can also increase the possibility of use by boaters.

More results from the A1 action

Study of the wave climate, mapping of coastal sandy deposits and analysis of seismic/acoustic data for actions C2 and C3

Different activities were carried out under Action A1 from the beneficiary IAS-CNR to improve knowledge on envisaged areas of the SeaForest LIFE project. The studies were carried out to define wave climate and to update the seabed habitat maps. The seagrass meadow upper limit and coastal sandy deposits maps were updated through the interpretative analysis of available data, such as orthophotos, satellite images, seismic data, multibeam and backscatter.

The analysis of the statistical characteristics of the synthetic parameters of the wave motion was performed to define the wave climate regimes of the marine sectors overlooking the study areas. To perform wave event and hydrodynamics simulations, to complete the marine climate, and to perform the most representative hydrodynamics scenarios generated by wave events, the software suite Delft3D was used.

The seabed mapping was a preparatory activity foreseen by action A1 and an implementation activity for C2 and C3 Actions. The definition of the upper limits of the Posidonia oceanica meadows, the identification of the coastal sandy deposits suitable to host the recreational nautical free berth and the supply of the database for the mooring planning are the objectives of these activities.

The acquisition and analysis of seismic lines were carried out to define the thicknesses of the sandy bodies, the thickness of Posidonia oceanica mattes and the detection of solid substrates. The results of the seismic analysis were useful to support the assessment of carbon storage, to improve the characterization of habitat 1120 and to support the management and design of anchors and moorings. The characterization of the study areas to realize the maps of the coastal habitats at a low depth, and the creation of the database to support the development of the mooring plan (Action C2-C3), where possible.


Here you can download the full report.