ADRIREEF Innovative exploitation of Adriatic Reefs in order to strengthen blue economy

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Project leader: 
Gianni Gregorio, Municipality of Ravenna
Status: 
Approved
PROJECT DESCRIPTION

In the Adriatic sea there is a large number of marine ecosystems available for Blue Economy purposes. In the Blue Innovation concept, the attractiveness of existing marine resources are relevant in order to promote economic development. Therefore, the recognition of less known and appreciated natural areas together with the implementation of artificial barriers, which could become suitable sub-strata for new sustainable ecosystems (e.g. platforms, wrecks, posing of cementitious structures) can be a successful way to pursue Blue Growth.

In fact, reefs, both natural or artificial, are really attractive for scientific community, but, furthermore, are places where it is possible to practice several activities such as sport fish, nautical tourism, diving and aquaculture. Both Countries are interested to increase Blue Economy as defined in their marine strategies. The Blue Economy, in order to reach the objective of a eco-sustainable growth, focuses on the innovation, intended as a change produced by the sharing of knowledge. The "blue thinking" embraces the sustainability and the environmental responsibility to conform to the climatic and economic changes. The goal of the Blue Economy is not to invest more in the safeguard of the environment but to make minor investments, to create more employment and to achieve a greater proceeds thanks to the innovations in all the sectors of the economy that use resources already available in nature. Through specific regulations and frequent monitoring there is the concrete possibility to protect

the environment and, at the same time, create different economic activities. ADRIREEF has the ambition to combine innovative actions with possible socio-economic impacts originated from activities such as aquaculture and tourism, two sectors of Blue Economy. As the success of activities strongly depends on the structural and ecological performance of the reefs (both natural and artificial), the project will also include setting up and testing of suitable technologies with low impact for underwater monitoring.

The expected outputs reflect a specific need of the territorial development: the transfer of knowledge from research to business. Through an in-depth analysis of the Adriatic reefs and a specific monitoring phase, it will be possibile to define joint Guidelines for Stakeholders, including a Code of conduct. A White paper on the expoitation of Adriatic reef will complete the outputs of ADRIREEF, where potentiality of Adriatic reefs is emphasise and a specific plan for future funding projects in the forthcoming programming period 2021-2028. In order to achive these results, the ADRIREEF partnership (composed of local authorities, regional agencies for environmental preservation and for territorial development, private and public research’s centers, opportunely balanced between the two Countries) has long term experiance in developing EU projects, but in particular all PPs are involved in pursue Blue Economy sectors.

Expected results: 

ADRIREEF aims to examine the potentiality of reefs in the Adriatic Sea in order to strengthen the Blue Economy. In the Adriatic Sea there is a large number of marine ecosystems ready to be exploited for Blue Economy purposes. The Blue Innovation concept focuses on enhancing the attractiveness of existing marine resources in order to promote economic development. Therefore, the recognition of less known and appreciated natural areas together with the implementation of artificial reefs, which could become suitable sub-strata for new sustainable ecosystems (platforms, wrecks, posing of cementitious structures), can be a successful way to increase Blue Growth.

Specific regulations and frequent monitoring will open concrete possibility to protect the environment and create novel economic activities. The project has the ambition to combine innovative actions with possible socio-economic impacts originated from activities such as aquaculture and tourism, two sectors of Blue Economy.

Following the general objective, ADRIREEF is expected: (a) to define the current situation of the Adriatic reefs in the program’s area by the classification of the existing reefs, a literature of relevant case studies and their impacts on the Blue Economy, and the in-depth analysis of the current legislation (International, European, National, Regional) in both countries, Italy and Croatia, concerning habitat protection and professional (e.g. aquaculture) and recreational activities (e.g., diving, recreational fishing); (b) to use innovative integrated monitoring systems of abiotic and biotic descriptors through the adoption of technologies with low environmental impacts to be implemented, tested and improved at selected Case Study sites; (c) to draft guidelines for stakeholders and a White paper for an economic and sustainable exploitation of reefs.

Contribution to Danube Region: 

In the Adriatic sea there is a large number of marine zones ready to be used for Blue Economy purposes. In the Blue Innovation concept, the first objective is finding a way to enhance the attractiveness of existing marine resources in order to promote economic development.  Therefore, the recognition of less known  and appreciated natural areas together with the implementation of artificial barriers, which could become suitable sub-strata for new sustainable ecosystems (ex. platforms, wrecks, posing of cementitious structures) can be a successful way to increase Blue Growth.

In fact, reefs, both natural or artificial, are really attractive for scientific community, but, furthermore, are places where it is possible to practice several activities such as sport fish, nautical tourism, diving and aquaculture. Both Countries are looking to increase Blue Economy as defined in their marine strategies.

Through specific regulations and frequent monitoring there is the concrete possibility to protect the environment and, at the same time, create different economic activities, thanks to the development of a sustainable tourism. If these activities are coordinated in a good way, a real business model could develop. A Business inclusive of numerous social actors and sustainable for the environment.

Start/End: 
July, 2018 to December, 2020
Partners: 
Municipality of Ravenna; ARPA Emilia Romagna, ARPA Marche, ARPA Puglia, OGS Trieste