Area Marina Punta Campanella candidate for Green List

Park near Sorrento vies for excellence

20 March, 11:02

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, MARCH 20 - The protected marine area of Punta Campanella is a candidate to be included in a list of world excellence of natural parks, the Italian chapter of the International Union of Conservation Nature (IUCN) said. The organization said it has chosen the park on the coast of Sorrento and the national parks of Gran Sasso and the Foreste Casentinesi for the prestigious recognition. Only 46 protected areas from 14 different countries in the world have so far been listed. Only one is in Italy: the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso, which was listed in 2014.

    ''Being the first and only Italian protected marine area running in the top 50 national parks is already a great satisfaction but we know it will be hard and a lot of commitment will be necessary'', said Antonino Miccio, the director of Amp Punta Campanella.

    ''Over the years we have tried to implement a correct management for protection and conservation and to create opportunities of economic development and sustainable tourism in a strongly anthropized territory known and visited by tourists from all over the world. Guaranteeing preservation and access has not always been easy but it was our mission since the beginning''.

    The International Union of Conservation Nature is considered the most esteemed international scientific institution dealing in the conservation of nature and has the status of UN ''observer''.

    The process to be included in the Green List by the two national parks and Amp Punta Campanella continues, with the support of the environment ministry and Federparchi, respecting the measures taken amid the healthcare emergency, through telecommuting, with the exception of visits which have been postponed for the same reason.

    ''Entering in the Green List - declared Michele Giustiniani, president of the Parco Marino di Punta Campanella - would be an exceptional result. An historic goal for the coast of Sorrento, for Campania and the south, but it won't be easy''.

    Once the difficult and selective vetting process will be completed, Italy will have four parks in the Green List, if all succeed. The list awards protected areas that prove to have the best management and conservation strategies. (ANSAmed)
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