The environmental restoration of Bagnoli-Coroglio Bay is a unique challenge at European level. ABBACO develop new approaches for the removal and remediation.
Actions include: i) identifying the environmental benchmark of the area; ii) assessing its present health status, iii) studying the effects of contaminated sediments on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (MSFD), iv) assessing the combined effects of multiple stress at a hierarchical level; (v) experimenting innovative methods of transplantation and restoration of key species and habitats, and new biotechnological instruments for the remediation of sediments (bioremediation, bioaugmentation) in degraded habitats. ABBACO will provide novel expertise and stimulate new initiatives within the Blue Economy Agenda.
The stakeholders are: 1) Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Napoli; 2) Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS); 3) Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV); 4-5) Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-ISAC, CNR IAMC); 6) Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (ENEA); 7) Università Politecnica delle Marche; 8-9) Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (DiB, DICEA); 10) Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”; 11) Università degli Studi di Napoli “Parthenope; 12) Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare (CoNISMa).

Resources needed

€2,000,000 (MIUR contribution) plus €1,700,000 (SZN co-financing contribution). Funding Institution: MIUR - "Fondo Integrativo Speciale per la Ricerca (determina CIPE - GU n.56 8.3.2017)".

Evidence of success

Dismissed industrial activities are responsible for persistent environmental degradation, mainly due to long-term accumulation of xenobitic contaminants in the environment. Such a chronic form of pollution represents a major threat for human health, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Necessary environmental remediation practices should be coupled to restoration plans aiming at revert the degradation trend and give back healthy areas able to provide valuable ecosystem goods.

Potential for learning or transfer

ABBACO provides novel expertise and stimulate new initiatives within the Blue Economy Agenda. The project results are obtained by the actions of 6 intermingled work packages (WPs): WP1 Historic overview of the environmental status; WP2 Assessment of contamination and multiple environmental impact; WP3 Effects on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning; WP4 Holistic approach to the study of multiple stress and risk reduction; WP5 Pilot studies of restoration and rehabilitation; WP6 Evaluating the effects of restoration and rehabilitation procedures.
Main institution
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
Campania, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
March 2017
End Date


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