The CAMP Italy Project – Coastal Area Management Programme - has the objective to test on selected pilot areas, local policies and integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) activities. The Italian coasts – more than 7000 km with their landscapes and biodiversity heritage – suffer a growing anthropogenic pressure, whose negative effects are enhanced by climate changes. Hurban settlements, ports, seaside tourism, natural protected areas, fisheries and industrial plants stress on coastal zones. A huge variety of interests needs an action of confrontation and mediation in order to coexist.
In the framework of the ICZM Protocol of the Barcelona Convention for the Mediterranean Sea and of the EU Recommendation of 30 May 2002 on ICZM, CAMP activities concerns three thematic areas:
-Planning of marine and coastal areas;
-Protection, preservation and restoration of coastal and marine habitats;
-Sustainability of socio-economic stress on the coastal zone;
Within these thematic areas three Regions - Emilia-Romagna, Sardinia and Tuscany – carry out pilot actions targeted to develop strategies and procedures for the rational exploitation of coastal resource and for the protection of the environment. The overall objective is to identify and test methodologies, tools and practice for coastal sustainable development and to promote the Italian
historical and artistic heritage.
The Italian project distinguishes from other National CAMP being the first multi area CAMP project – since it covers five coastal areas in the three Regions and foresee fourteen different pilot actions.
The Technical Coordination Office assure the coherence between the pilot act ions and the respect of the ICZM Protocol principles carring out several horizontal activities:
- Coordination and dissemination of the results
- Capacity Building
- Data Collection and management
- Institutional Coordination and public participation