The implementation of the SASPAS project “Safe Anchoring and Seagrass Protection in the Adriatic Sea” has started

The SASPAS project started on January 1st, 2019 and will last a total of 30 months.
As part of the initial project activities, the first Kick-off meeting was held in the Comune di Monfalcone (IT) on 21 and 22 March 2019. The purpose of the meeting was to meet and present project partners, agree on the implementation of project activities, responsibilities of individual project partners, review of budget lines and hold the first meeting of the Steering Committee.
The general goal of the project is the preservation and restoration of seagrass through the installation of safe anchorages, pilot transplants of seagrass, monitoring activities and defining an integrated management system for seagrass in the Adriatic.
The project will run for 30 months at three research sites: Panzano Bay, Monfalcone (IT), Kornati National Park (HR) and Brindisi Coast in the Dune Costiere Torre Canne Natural Park to Torre San Leonardo (IT).
The SASPAS project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Interreg V-A IT-HR CBC Program (Priority Axis 3 – Environment & cultural heritage).
The project leader is the Municipality of Monfalcone, and seven other partners from Italy and Croatia are involved in the project.

• Municipality of Monfalcone (IT)
• Selc Cooperative Company (IT)
• National Interuniversity Consortium for Marine Sciences (IT)
• Provisional Management Consortium of Regional Natural Park »Coastal Dunes from Torre Canne To Torre San Leonardo« (IT)
• Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sunce (HR)
• Kornati National Park (HR)
• University of Rijeka (HR)
• Consortium for The Coordination of Research Activities Concerning The Venice Lagoon System (IT)

Total project budget: EUR 1,906,100.00
Program Funds (ERDF): EUR 1,620,185.00

The project is co-financed by the Office for Cooperation with NGO’s of the Government of the Republic of Croatia.