The project, funded by Community Fund LIFE + Nature and Biodiversity aims at protecting the priority habitat consisting of coastal dunes.
Critical issues identified: Uncontrolled vehicular access to the dune areas; Uncontrolled pedestrian traffic with the creation of walkways and foot traffic; Coastal erosion and lack of knowledge of the effects deriving from pressures and impacts on the sedimentology of the sites and on the substrate of the habitats; Poor knowledge among users of the value and importance of dune habitats.
Preparatory actions and development of management plans:
1.Sedimentological studies and marine-coastal dynamics; 2. Start-up and operation of the remote control system of extreme events and their impact
3. Analysis of the impact of use on habitats;
Concrete conservation actions: Creation of a floristic-vegetational and abiotic database;
Actions to raise awareness and disseminate results: Implementation and placement of information panels.
Project coordination and management actions: 1. Project management and operation of the project steering committee; 2. Technical-scientific coordination and direction.
Provincia di Caserta
Provincia di Matera
Università di Cagliari
(Centro Conservazione Biodiversità e Osservatorio Coste E Ambiente Naturale Sottomarino)
Associazione TECLA

Resources needed

€ 3.352.392

Evidence of success

After preliminary geobotanical studies about dune systems and a detailed mapping of habitats for the characterization of Juniperus
oxycedrus subsp. macrocarpa coenosis, were made transects and permanent plots to review and monitor the recruitment in relationship to the intensity of human disturbance.
It has begun to address problems relating to the conservation of dune systems in relation to human impacts.

Potential for learning or transfer

The project represents a good practice to identify threats and present critical factors of dune systems in relation to human impacts.
Main institution
Cagliari District
Sardegna, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
January 2009
End Date


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