PAN Life project – Natura 2000 Action Programme intends to produce a blueprint for the recovery of a bearable state of conservation of the regional Natura 2000 network, that is able to ensure an ecological and functional coherence and a long-term management.

With a budget of 2,853,337 euros, of which 50% funded by the Life + Programme of the European Commission, the PAN project will help promote a regional strategy for the integrated management of the entire Natura 2000 network of Calabria. A financial plan for the management of the Natura 2000 network in Calabria which considers all sources of EU funding, national and regional, will be deployed and updated with the list of priority actions to be performed in the next decade. The strategy will also be able to ensure the necessary integration of the objectives of protection and management of the network and those of regional development tofether with a growth in employment, especially considering many critical current issues.

The strategy will be shared and coordinated in order to meet the needs of all the stakeholders involved in a unified vision of the territory. The participation of citizens will give a considerable support in the scientific monitoring of a large-scale regional Natura 2000 network.

Geographical context

The geographical position at the southern end of the peninsula and the peculiarities of this area, characterized by a long coastline overlooking two seas, the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian, make Calabria a wealth of biodiversity among the richest in Italy and Europe.

This wealth is shown by the 69 habitats of Community interest, including 18 priorities, which are protected under regional the Natura 2000 network, has 185 Natura 2000 sites, including maritime and land, covering 19% of the region.

However, such a great area, it is not always accompanied by an adequate management and enhancement of biodiversity. This is even more evident in the case of maritime sites, for which both the conservation measures and the measures for fishery management are to be defined at a European level.