From exchanges of experiences and best practices, the project aims at studying the necessary governance tools to ensure a sustainable development of straits and to develop their functions as gateways to hinterlands and to external territories around the issues of economic development, transport, tourism and biodiversity. By searching ways to improve the governance between the two banks of a strait, the aim is to enable the authorities to enhance effective public policies, at the local, national and European levels, that will both allow economic development of the area and preserve the biodiversity.
Straits are narrow arms of the sea bordered by land which combine various geographic characteristics: they are traffic crossroads, between the two banks and through them they are both maritime and terrestrian areas.Besides they concentrate several issues that are tightly interrelated and have to be tackled altogether: transport, tourism, economic development, but also preservation of biodiversity, maritime safety… All the straits of Europe have those issues in common and try to face them with their own tools and experiments. For instance, three straits have implemented binational entities; others have signed conventions or agreements in order to give a formal framework to their cooperation. All partners have the same concern of both issues: advocating the economic development of the area but with respect for the environment and the biodiversity.
Find out more about NOSTRA project and its partners watching this Prezi presentation made for the final conference of the project!
A launching event was organised in the strait of Messina on 7th July 2015. [Read more]
Full study now available! [Read more]
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