the “Cerrano Charter” was the founding action of the “Network of Protected Coastal and Marine Areas of the Adriatic Sea – “AdriaPAN”. The text was unanimously adopted on 8 July 2008 in Villa Filiani in Pineto and ratified, by the first ten protected areas, on 26 September 2008 in Porto Caleri di Rosolina, in the Veneto Park of the Po Delta. In 2018, during the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the AdriaPAN network, its members agreed that the commitments for the future of the network should be based on the extension to the protected areas of the Ionian Sea, in order to achieve a territorial coincidence with the Adriatic-Ionian Macro Region. More in detail, it was agreed:
- the need to extend the network to the Ionian Sea, both for environmental continuity and for coherence with the Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion and its strategy (EUSAIR);
- the necessity to evaluate the transition to a defined legal form in order to represent an even stronger and more active reference point, both for protected areas and for institutions at different levels. In this regard, members underlined that MedPAN has included as a strategic objective the strengthening of sub-regional networks for the period 2019-2023.
- The need to continue the development of projects focused on different themes, such as biodiversity, ecosystem services and climate change adaptation, integrating these themes with sustainable tourism oriented towards the enjoyment of cultural and environmental assets that are currently neglected.
The activities of the “MPA Networks” project, coordinated by MedPAN, have led to the formulation of some scenarios for the future extension of the Adriatic network towards the Ionian area. In this context, Torre del Cerrano MPA participates in activity 4.5 “Supporting the development of MPA networks at different levels” through the implementation of the AdrionPAN network and, specifically:
- investigates the potential for extending the current network to the Ionian Sea, both in terms of environmental continuity and consistency with the Adriatic-Ionian Macro Region and its strategy (EUSAIR)
- assesses the transition towards a more defined legal form of the network;
- define the organisation and future functioning of the AdrionPAN network.
The collaboration with the University of Chieti-Pescara has led to the formulation of some scenarios for the development of the Adriatic-Ionian network.
Before proceeding with the indication of the scenario that will be considered most appropriate to follow, it is necessary to expand the “Cerrano Charter”, extended to the new geographical area of the Ionian Sea and therefore a founding document of AdrionPAN, which requires the official signature by all participants, therefore both the current members of “AdriaPAN” and all other institutions that wish to join.