Maristanis

    An international cooperation project that aims at defining an integrated management model for the coastal wetlands of the Gulf of Oristano; cofunded by the MAVA Foundation and coordinated by the MEDSEA Foundation in collaboration with the Marine Protected Area "Sinis Peninsula - Mal di Ventre island". MARISTANIS is working in parallel with three other projects cofunded by MAVA in Tunisia, Montenegro and Albania.


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    World Wetlands Day Sardinia 2021, truly unmissable!

    Sardinia celebrates and launches the World Wetlands Day on February 2 with a full calendar of events that will take place throughout the month, many of which in "home edition", online and comfortably accessible from home. 

    World Wetlands Day Sardinia (hashtag #WWDSardegna) is organized by the MEDSEA Foundation, within the Maristanis destination project for the integrated management of wetlands and sustainable development. It will open its doors on Tuesday, the 2nd in the afternoon from the facebook page / maristanis. At 3 pm there will be an online seminar on the theme of water, main topic of this WWD year's edition, with some testimonials and researches from the tourism sector on how to reduce water footwprint using real-time communication and feedback to travelers. On February 6th, live again from the Maristanis Facebook page, it will open the first of the five virtual tours scheduled from the most iconic places in the Oristanese wetlandsRamsar House in San Vero Milis will open its door at 4 pm where some representatives from the municipality will speak about the territory, its traditions, materials and wetlands heritage, together with the archaeologist Alfonso Stiglitz. On Sunday 7 February, Gabriele Pinna, spokesperson for Lipu Oristano, will accompany the virtual audience at sunset in the pond of Sale 'e Porcus where, with due distances, it will be possible to see the last group of cranes in transit before undertaking, in a few weeks, their migration route to North Africa. 

    Maristanis

    An international cooperation project that aims at defining an integrated management model for the coastal wetlands of the Gulf of Oristano; cofunded by the MAVA Foundation and coordinated by the MEDSEA Foundation in collaboration with the Marine Protected Area "Sinis Peninsula - Mal di Ventre island". MARISTANIS is working in parallel with three other projects cofunded by MAVA in Tunisia, Montenegro and Albania.
    Stagno di Sale ‘e Porcus, Stagno di Mistras, Stagno di Cabras, Stagno di Pauli Maiori, Stagno di S’Ena Arrubia, Stagni di Corru S’Ittiri, Marceddì, San Giovanni
    Arborea | Arbus | Cabras | Guspini | Nurachi | Oristano | Palmas Arborea | Riola Sardo | San Vero Milis | Santa Giusta | Terralba

    Ramsar Sites: 77 km2  | Area Marina Protetta: 267 km2  |  "Natura 2000" Sites: 12 SIC/ZSC - 7 ZPS | Municipalities: 1020,49 km2 | Coastline: 140 km
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    Latest News

    World Wetlands Day 2021 | The winners of…

    23-07-2021

    With over 60 participating works from the middle schools of the Maristanis municipalities, the Terre d'Acqua competition, launched on the occasion of World Wetlands Day on 2 February, has come...

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    World Environment Day: the Gulf of Orist…

    15-06-2021

    On the occasion of the UN World Environment Day, which this year coincides with the beginning of the decade for the restoration of ecosystems, the Contract of Oristano coastal wetlands was presented at...

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    World Water Day: reducing water footpri…

    08-04-2021

    For some years the MEDSEA Cagliari Foundation has been involved, with the Maristanis project, in the sustainable development and protection of the wetlands of the Oristano area together with public...

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    World Wetlands day, the winners

    24-02-2021

    With “Sterna in Pesca” Alberto Cherchi, nature photography enthusiast from Oristano, won the #WWDSardegna photo contest which took place on the occasion of the World Wetlands Day from 2 to 9...

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    World Wetlands Day Sardinia 2021, truly …

    27-01-2021

    Sardinia celebrates and launches the World Wetlands Day on February 2 with a full calendar of events that will take place throughout the month, many of which in "home edition", online and comfortably accessible from home. 

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    “Terre d’acqua”: school competion …

    14-01-2021

    To celebrate the World Wetlands Day 2021, the MEDSEA Foundation (http://www.medseafoundation.org) organizes the competition "Terre d'Acqua" imagine the wetlands’ future dedicated to the secondary schools of the municipalities involved in the Maristanis project

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    19-11-2020

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    Objectives

    The MARISTANIS project aims to restore and protect the coastal wetlands of the Oristano’s Gulf through the following specific objectives:






    Objective 1

    Improving knowledge of wetlands

    Objective 1

    Wetlands and the water basin system of Oristano represent a unique ecological system, for their ecosystem services. They are rich reservoirs of biodiversity, provide cultural values and cover an important role on climate change mitigation. It is important to improve the current knowledge of these ecosystems.







    Objective 2

    Achieving integrated coastal wetlands management

    Objective 2

    The main challenge of this objective is to turn existing legislative and regulatory instruments into effective management plans, taking into consideration the local context, and to develop management skills at all government levels starting from local municipalities to set an effective wetlands governance.






    Objective 3

    Reducing threats on marine ecosystems

    Objective 3

    Local and regional authorities should interact with researchers to identify specific plans and actions to ensure and promote the persistence of processes that operate between marine and terrestrial parts of the coastal system.






    Objective 4

    Promoting efficient water resource management and use

    Objective 4

    Different sources of pressure affect water and related ecosystems. The aim is to improve water quality and reduce water consumption through raising public administrations capacity to manage water and to improve a sustainable use of water.






    Objective 5

    Reducing the risk from pollution sources

    Objective 5

    Different sources of pressure negatively affect wetlands and related rivers, involving both quantity and quality aspects. The purpose is to undertake actions that could eliminate, where possible, or reduce sources of pollution through integrated action aiming at reinforcing public administrative actions and promoting sustainable measures.






    Objective 6

    Improving the conservation of endangered species and habitats

    Objective 6

    The objective aims to undertake specific actions to identify, manage and preserve the target habitats and species (e.g. birds, amphibians and fishes).






    Objective 7

    Enhancing cultural and landscape heritage

    Objective 7

    The strong depopulation and loss of economic activities endanger the valuable heritage around the wetlands and coastal areas. The value of these ecosystems needs a powerful action to be recognized by the local stakeholders, and enhanced through new economic and cultural activities linked to a more sustainable value chain and ecotourism services.






    Objective 8

    Raising awareness on the importance of wetlands

    Objective 8

    A strong awareness raising campaign on the importance of the wetlands addressed to local stakeholder will be launched. The aim of this campaign is to promote activities aiming at preserving and safeguarding the wetlands. It will result in the improvement of the quality of life of local communities and in an more attractive experience for tourism.

    Objectives

    The MARISTANIS project aims to restore and protect the coastal wetlands of the Oristano’s Gulf through the following specific objectives:

    Objective 1

    Improving knowledge of wetlands

    Wetlands and the water basin system of Oristano represent a unique ecological system, for their ecosystem services. They are rich reservoirs of biodiversity, provide cultural values and cover an important role on climate change mitigation. It is important to improve the current knowledge of these ecosystems.

    Objective 2

    Achieving integrated coastal wetlands management

    The main challenge of this objective is to turn existing legislative and regulatory instruments into effective management plans, taking into consideration the local context, and to develop management skills at all government levels starting from local municipalities to set an effective wetlands governance.

    Objective 3

    Reducing threats on marine ecosystems

    Local and regional authorities should interact with researchers to identify specific plans and actions to ensure and promote the persistence of processes that operate between marine and terrestrial parts of the coastal system.

    Objective 4

    Promoting efficient water resource management and use

    Different sources of pressure affect water and related ecosystems. The aim is to improve water quality and reduce water consumption through raising public administrations capacity to manage water and to improve a sustainable use of water.

    Objective 5

    Reducing the risk from pollution sources

    Different sources of pressure negatively affect wetlands and related rivers, involving both quantity and quality aspects. The purpose is to undertake actions that could eliminate, where possible, or reduce sources of pollution through integrated action aiming at reinforcing public administrative actions and promoting sustainable measures.

    Objective 6

    Improving the conservation of endangered species and habitats

    The objective aims to undertake specific actions to identify, manage and preserve the target habitats and species (e.g. birds, amphibians and fishes).

    Objective 7

    Enhancing cultural and landscape heritage

    The strong depopulation and loss of economic activities endanger the valuable heritage around the wetlands and coastal areas. The value of these ecosystems needs a powerful action to be recognized by the local stakeholders, and enhanced through new economic and cultural activities linked to a more sustainable value chain and ecotourism services.

    Objective 8

    Raising awareness on the importance of wetlands

    A strong awareness raising campaign on the importance of the wetlands addressed to local stakeholder will be launched. The aim of this campaign is to promote activities aiming at preserving and safeguarding the wetlands. It will result in the improvement of the quality of life of local communities and in an more attractive experience for tourism.

    THE RAMSAR CONVENTION

    The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The Convention was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and came into force in 1975. Since then, almost 90% of UN member states, from all the world’s geographic regions, have acceded to become “Contracting Parties”. Ramsar Sites are designated because they meet the Criteria for identifying Wetlands of International Importance.

    THE RAMSAR CONVENTION

    The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The Convention was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and came into force in 1975. Since then, almost 90% of UN member states, from all the world’s geographic regions, have acceded to become “Contracting Parties”. Ramsar Sites are designated because they meet the Criteria for identifying Wetlands of International Importance.

    Ramsar sites of the Oristano's Gulf

    The Gulf of Oristano boasts 7,700 hectares of Ramsar wetlands of international importance (over 60% of Sardinia's entire heritage), which stretch along 200 km of coastline from Capo Mannu to the lagoon of Marceddì.

    Wetlands are
    • precious biodiversity reservoirs due to the presence of numerous animal and plant species,
    • play an important hydrogeological and natural water-treatment function.
    • represent a remarkable resource for fishing and tourism.
    Stagno di Sale'e Porcus (330 ha)

    Stagno di Sale'e Porcus (330 ha)

    An extensive complex of seasonal saline lagoons that dry out in summer. The vegetation is typically halophytic, salicornia plants are largely diffused.
    The site is one of the most important wetlands in the Mediterranean for staging flamingos. Various other migratory waterbirds stage and nest at the site.


    Stagno di Cabras (3,575 ha)

    Stagno di Cabras (3,575 ha)

    The wider wetland of Sardinia crosses the western Sinis into which there are small and temporary marshes. Vegetation consists of various salt-tolerant plants, submergent species and emergent reedbeds. The site is important for numerous species of breeding, staging and wintering waterbirds, with flamingos occurring in large numbers.

    Stagno di Mistras (680 ha)

    Stagno di Mistras (680 ha)

    The lagoon extends along the Sinis coast and borders the coastal plain and the Gulf of Oristano. The islets within the lacustrine area allow a good structure of vegetation and represent a great habitat for the avifauna conservation. The lagoon is rich in bivalve mollusks and fishes.

    Stagno di S'Ena Arrubia (223 ha)

    Stagno di S'Ena Arrubia (223 ha)

    A freshwater lagoon, representing the last remnant of a once extensive complex of marshes and lagoons, converted to agriculture in the 1930s. Vegetation consists of various salt-tolerant plants, submergent species and emergent reedbeds. The area is important for the breeding, staging and wintering of several species of waterbirds.

    Stagno di Corru S'Ittiri, Stagni di San Giovanni e Marceddì (2,610 ha)

    Stagno di Corru S'Ittiri, Stagni di San Giovanni e Marceddì (2,610 ha)

    A series of three interconnected coastal lagoons with different salinity, partly separated from the sea by a dune system: the one of Corru S'Ittiri parallel to the sea, while the ones of Marceddì and San Giovanni are located in succession and perpendicularly to the coastline. Vegetation consists of extensive reedbeds and halophytic plants. In these sites, there is a rich fish fauna.

    Stagno Pauli Maiori (287 ha)

    Stagno Pauli Maiori (287 ha)

    A small and low salinity lagoon surrounded by extensive reedbeds, with the only water inflow represented by waste water runoff from agricultural irrigation. The site is characterized by a large variety of vegetation of weakly salty freshwaters and vegetation of salty water. It has to be noted the presence of bird species of international zoographic relevance.

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    MEDSEA - Mediterranean Sea and Coast Foundation 
    Via Nazario Sauro, 1 - 09123 Cagliari (CA) - Italia  
    Tel. info@medseafoundation.org 
    www.medseafoundation.org 
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