What is the goal of the investment?

Stop the degradation of Mediterranean ecosystems and recover at least 20 per cent of the seabed and marine habitats in Italian waters by 2026, in order to achieve the European objectives of protecting diversity and bolster the sustainability of fundamental sectors such as fishing, tourism, food and blue growth.

Total investment cost 400 million
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  • Reduce the gaps in standards of living
Additional details

19.1% of Italian waters are currently under conservation measures, but it is not enough: in order to reach the European biodiversity protection objectives by 2030, this percentage must increase significantly. The plan envisages large-scale actions to restore and protect the seabed and marine habitats in Italian waters, so as to reverse the trend of the degradation of Mediterranean ecosystems and enhance their resilience to climate change. This will also favour the maintenance and sustainability of fundamental activities not only for coastal areas, but also for the essential production chains of Italy: fishing, tourism, food and blue growth. Adequate mapping of seabed habitats and precise environmental tracking are a precondition for establishing effective protection measures. For this reason, the national system of research and observation of marine and coastal ecosystems will be strengthened, including by increasing the availability of updated research vessels (currently lacking). The goal is to have 90% of marine and coastal systems mapped and monitored, and 20% restored, by 2026.

What are the benefits?

Restore and protect the seabed and marine habitats to:
  • prevent the disappearance of Mediterranean ecosystems
  • improve research using new technological tools
  • increase the appeal of the affected areas with a view to promoting tourism

Key steps and Expenses envisaged

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