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NOSTRA Study visit n°2 - Strait of Bonifacio

2-4 October 2012 - NOSTRA Study visit n°3 in the strait of Bonifacio

In the framework of the NOSTRA project, the partners met from 2nd to 4th October in the Strait of Bonifacio between France and Italy for the second study visit. The main objective for the partners was to to analyze the management of maritime cross-border territories (Corsica and Sardinia), focusing on the preservation of biodiversity.

Because of its precious environmental heritage, two protected areas were established within the strait of Bonifacio: the natural reserve of the strait of Bonifacio and the National Park of the Archipelago of La Maddalena. In order to develop a coherent management of the two protected areas, the creation of a EGTC (European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation) was decided by both territories.This new study visit was an opportunity for partners to discover this specific management during conferences and site visits.
Beyond a regulation on the protection of the environment, the EGTC should rely on European programs to develop new projects and to enhance the international status of the strait on both sides. As the Park of La Maddalena, the Strait of Bonifacio is a site threatened by maritime traffic and who suffers from a growing tourism (20 000 people through the site, just during the summer; 33,000 divers per year practice at sea , 4000 ships per year pass through the strait by transporting hazardous materials).




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