Interview with Alessandra Nasti


Velambiente: sustainable development network for the use of protected areas in SalentoTheme of our Project Work:

Today we listen to Alessandra Nasti,  who is coordinating one of the “subgroups of project work”, is designer and manager of ENTREFISH for UNIMAR: an institute that carries out scientific research and assistance technique in the field of fisheries and aquaculture, associating research centers belonging to national associations of cooperatives of the fish sector. UNIMAR uses a nationwide survey network that acts in direct contact with the realities territorial production, and which is a specific tool for the collection of scientific and statistical data and training on the subject fishing and aquaculture.

This project work stems from a broad vision of land development, based on the idea that it is possible, and necessary, to reconcile the protection of the environment and natural resources, with economic and employment development.

This aspect is very important for those who work in the fishing industry, because protecting natural resources also means guaranteeing future sustainability and continuity in their work: protection, however, goes through the restriction or regulation of fishing and therefore it is necessary to ensure that in these territories there is the possibility of guaranteeing alternative income for the operators, so that the income of the families of the fishermen is guaranteed.

The protection of nature is in general a great territorial challenge, which involves all the economic operators present and can even represent a wide-ranging development lever.

The focus of the project work is concentrated in a territory of great naturalistic interest but of low usability for visitors, due to the lack of a real reception system: this place is called the Regional Natural Park of Sant’Andrea Island and Litoral of Punta Pizzo.

The protected area is part of the so-called Natura 2000 sites: in Salento, as well as in the rest of Italy and Europe, there are these areas that make up a network, spread throughout the European Union, established under the Community Directives 92 / 43 / EEC “Habitat” and 2009/147 / EC “Birds”, to ensure the conservation of threatened or rare natural resources.

The areas that make up this network are not strictly protected reserves, where human activities are excluded: the Directives in fact intend to guarantee the protection of nature, taking also into account the economic, social and cultural needs of the territories.

The objective of the work was to build a network of economic operators, including fishermen, to organize a sustainable land use system, starting from the identified Regional Park, then extending by sea to the other Natura 2000 sites of the province and region.

Sailing, as a “clean” use of the sea, can be the first element of discovery of this area; starting from it, a package of activities and proposals for visitors will be developed, accompanied by appropriately trained environmental guides.

The integrated offer of activities, starting from the laboratories with sailing, can represent a real “engine” for territorial valorization and aggregation, and provides for the networking of other economic operators, for the shared development of communication systems and promotion, as well as recruitment and training of guides.

Composition of our group:

The idea of ​​the project stems from the commitment promoted by graduates in scientific and economic subjects who participated in the project, who know the landscape and cultural value of their territory, and who have made available their specific skills and acquired knowledge during the course.

Anglers who wish to enhance the environment in which they operate and expand their income opportunities, without increasing the so-called “fishing effort”, will be actively involved in the activities and will benefit from an overall increase in tourist demand to also enhance the sale of the local product.

At what point are we with the works?

The definition of the project is now complete, despite its complex articulation.

Appropriate forms of financing and the analysis of costs and revenues are being identified.

The last step will be the preparation of the communication and presentation material.

December 4th

On that day the project representatives will finally have the opportunity to present the idea to the public, to the fishermen who will participate in the event and who will be able to join the project, and to those territorial institutions that could support the start of activities, as a concrete opportunity to development of the territory.

How do we define this experience?

The work has allowed us to collaborate and bring together multiple instances, more skills and more development objectives, all elements addressed to a sustainable future of the Salento area.

I personally feel to thank everyone for their hard work and for the possible development scenario they have outlined, offering opportunities for valorisation and diversification also in the fishing sector.