• biodiversity: A biodiversity hotspot is a biogeographic region with a significant reservoir of biodiversity that is under threat from humans.
  • Toxic hotspots are locations where emissions from specific sources such as water or air pollution may expose local populations to elevated health risks, such as cancer. These emissions contribute to cumulative health risks of emissions from other sources nearby. Urban, highly populated areas around pollutant emitters such as old factories and waste storage sites are often toxic hotspots. (Wikipedia)

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.