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Bridging Malta and Sicily through geoheritage exploitation: Identification and assessment of geosites for territorial enhancement

  • Autori: Cappadonia, C.; Agnesi, V.; Angileri, S.; Coratza, P.; Costanzo, D.; DI PATTI, C.; Soldati, M.; Tonelli, C.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2013
  • Tipologia: Proceedings (TIPOLOGIA NON ATTIVA)
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Malta and Sicily show common geological and geomorphological features, having been also physically linked not later than the Last Glacial Maximum. At present both islands have a high tourist vocation, but their environmental potential is not fully exploited for attracting tourists and visitors. In the framework of an international research project, “Ecological Cross-border Networks Malta-Sicily” (RE.MA.SI.), a multidisciplinary study for the identification, selection and enhancement of geosites in the Maltese and Sicilian islands was carried out. A number of sites both in Malta and Sicily have been identified and qualitatively and quantitatively assessed applying a methodology already tested in previous studies. The aim was to see whether any of these sites could be considered as geosites of geomorphological interest (geomorphosites) according to scientific, additional and use values. In order to create a common geomorphosite inventory and a GIS-database, the standard forms of the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) were used. The recognised and assessed geomorphosites mainly include coastal and kart features, but also landslides, badlands and mud volcanoes are encountered due to their scientific interest and scenic value. The research enabled us to highlight that geomorphosites can become a relevant resource for social and economic development in Malta and Sicily, and can provide the ground for bridging these islands through a new integrated approach with foresees common methods and actions for geoheritage exploitation and enforcement of conservation strategies.