Conservatoria delle Coste

The Conservatoria delle Coste (Coastal conservation agency) (official name: Conservatoria delle Coste della Sardegna in Italian, Conservatoria de sas Costeras de sa Sardigna[1] in Sardinian) is a Sardinian public agency created by the Regional Law N°2 of the 29th of May 2007, to ensure the protection of outstanding natural areas on the Sardinian coast.

Its creation was inspired by the British National Trust, and foremost by the French Conservatoire du littoral.

The Conservatoria was created by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia as an independent agency. His organs are the Scientific Committee, the Executive Director and the Board of Auditors. Currently the Executive Director is Dr. Alessio Satta. The headquarters of the Regional Agency for Coastal Conservation of Sardinia is in the City of Cagliari

Sardinian coasts are composed by cliffs, islands and sand dunes, which are the result of geology, weather conditions and exposure to the ever-pounding sea. The Agency manages some of the most beautiful locations belonging to the Sardinian historical and cultural heritage: lighthouses, harbours, towers and past archaeological sites.

The Conservatoria acquires the most fragile and delicate territories by donations, by pre-emption in or, from time to time, by direct purchaase. After ensuring all the restoration work, the Conservatoria can manage the areas by itself or entrusts the management to local authorities or other local groups or organisations. The Conservatoria determinates how the sites should be managed and what activities (such as agricultural or turistic activities) are compatible with its goals. The main objective of the Agency Conservatoria delle Coste is to ensure a sustainable development of coastal areas through an integrated management system and in particular the implementation of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in Sardinia coastal areas under the institutional framework of the International Protocol and the EU recommendation on ICZM.

The Agency works in collaboration with PAP/RAC the Priority Actions Programme / Regional Activity Centre of the Mediterranean Action Plan of UNEP to better manage Sardinian coastal zones, improving an integrated approach of the decision processes, able to take into account geographical, political, environmental, social, cultural, historical and economical aspects. This process, as well as the emerging coastal environmental challenges are being dealt, together with other Mediterranean Countries

The Conservatoria delle Coste carries out four specific priorities: PRIORITY 1: CONSERVATION AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT • conservation and valorisation of Sardinian historical coastal heritage • scientific applied research on coastal and marine ecosystems • implementation of sustainable local development strategies in partnership with coastal municipalities • support and promotion of sustainable tourism, fishing and agriculture activities PRIORITY 2: Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) • ICZM through coordination and planning actions • ICZM strategies for adaptation to Climate Change • actions for strengthening coastal areas natural resilience • coastal erosion risk mitigation strategies and monitoring

PRIORITY 3: AWARENESS RAISING AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION • communication and public awareness • environmental education for primary and high schools • activities for the children, like street theatre and environmental games; • photo and video contests organized through cooperation with local authorities;

PRIORITY 4: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION • international cooperation activities within the framework of the coastal integrated management, climate change and sustainable tourism


Images of the Sardinian coast.

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