Stranded posidonia residues represent an obstacle to the tourism of the coasts, to inhabitants and to managers of beach resorts. A plan of communication has been realized as part of the P.R.I.M.E. project activities, in order to increase the degree of acceptance of vegetable material stranded along the coast. The communication aimed at informing and making the public aware about the role of stranded posidonia residues in the marine-coastal ecosystem, according to the Ministerial memorandum No. 8123/2006 issued by the Ministry for Environment and Territory. The new Regional Plan for the management of Municipal Solid Waste (PRGU) of the Apulia Region tackles the problem concerning the management procedures of posidonia banquettes on the shoreline. It regulates that Marine Protected Areas, and all protected areas related to the ARO authority, are valuable and good opportunity to promote co-existence between the users of beaches and banquettes, through communication campaigns and environmental awareness. The implementing procedures, operations tools and the subject of these activities, should be focused on the following issues:

  • – natural origin of deposits;
  • – relation between high marine ecosystem quality, posidonia growing and its stranding;
  • – traditional use of leaves;
  • – the ecological keyrole of banquettes and their reusing action of coastal erosion;
  • – environmental ed economic damage of a no-sustainable management system of stranded vegetable biomass.

Bathers have been informed about the main goal of the project, sustainable alternatives to the removal operations of posidonia residues from beaches and landfilling of collected material, benefits related to its use as compost in agriculture. Environmental education activities were implemented in schools as part of the PRIME project activities, in order to make children aware on the important role of Posidonia oceanica (L.) Del in the marine ecosystem, as well as on the importance of banquettes for maintaining coastal balance, and also to explain different possibilities and operating modalities for the treatment of banquettes, as their reuse in agriculture for the production of compost or in nurseries as substrate.The communication activity consists in workshop and tutorial in situ, during which children visited the stretches of coast with stranded biomass and took part in the removal operations from the banquettes.

Communication and awareness raising activities on the beaches (Eco-logica SRL photo)

Comune di Mola di Bari ECO-logica s.r.l. CNR ISPA ASECO TECOMA