PROVIDUNE - Conservation and recovery of dune priority habitats among the sites of Cagliari, Caserta, Matera provinces

LIFE07 NAT/IT/000519

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Contact details:

Contact person: Alberto SANNA
Tel: +39 070 4092512
Fax: +39 070 4092230
Email: ASanna@provincia.cagliari.it

Project description:


The Mediterranean dune habitats located along the coasts are characterised by the EU priority habitat coastal dunes with Juniperus spp. (2250*); embryonic shifting dunes (2110); shifting dunes along the shoreline with Ammophila arenaria (2120 `white dunes`); wooded dunes with forests of Pinus pinea and/or P. pinaster (2270). These habitats face several threats, the most severe of which comes from increasing tourism that leads to a degeneration of the vegetation. These coastal habitats also play a crucial role in facing the new problems related to climate change, such as rising sea level and the quality of the water for the habitats behind the dunes.


The project aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • The application of best practices and demonstration actions to protect the EU priority habitat, coastal dunes with Juniperus spp. and the other related habitats within five Natura 2000 sites;
  • The establishment of a common approach for the long-term protection of these habitats based on sound monitoring of biotic and abiotic characteristics;
  • A decrease/elimination of the threats affecting these habitats in the identified sites, such as tourist pressure, coastal erosion, spread of allochtonous species, lack of management and scarcity of information;
  • An increase in the level of awareness of the local population (students, local inhabitants and tourists) and stakeholders of the importance of these habitats, not only for their landscape value, but also as a means to address climate change effects (e.g. rising sea level).
  • The project aims to contribute to the local implementation of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) European recommendations.



Environmental issues addressed:


Habitats - Coastal


protected area‚  coastal area‚  nature conservation

Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directiv ...

Target Habitat types

  • 2110 - Embryonic shifting dunes
  • 2120 - Shifting dunes along the shoreline with Ammophila arenaria ("white dunes")
  • 2250 - Coastal dunes with Juniperus spp.
  • 2270 - Wooded dunes with Pinus pinea and/or Pinus pinaster

Natura 2000 sites

SCI IT8010019 Pineta della Foce del Garigliano
SCI IT9220055 Bosco Pantano di Policoro e Costa Ionica Foce Sinni
SCI ITB040020 Isola dei Cavoli, Serpentara, Punta Molentis e Campulongu
SCI ITB042218 Stagno di Piscinnì
SCI ITB042230 Porto Campana



Coordinator Provincia di Cagliari
Type of organisation Local authority
Description The Province of Cagliari covers an area of some 2 456ha. The provincial administration is responsible for the protection of soil and of the environment, the protection of flora and fauna, parks and nature reserves, and control of hunting and fishing activities. The LIFE project beneficiary is administration’s department for landscape planning and economic development.
Partners Osservatorio Coste e Ambiente Sottomarino (O.C.E.A.N.S) and Centro per la Conservazione della BiodiversitĂ  (CSB) of the University of Cagliari, Italy Association TECLA (Associazione per la Cooperazione Transregionale locale ed europea)-Roma, Italy Province of Caserta, Italy Assessorship for the Environment of the Province of Matera, Italy


Project reference LIFE07 NAT/IT/000519
Duration 01-JAN-2009 to 31-DEC -2014
Total budget 3,352,392.00 €
EU contribution 2,396,010.00 €
Project location Campania(Italia) Basilicata(Italia) Sardegna(Italia)


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