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

Chiara Cappadonia, Valerio Agnesi, Dario Costanzo, Carolina Di Patti, Silvia Eleonora Angileri

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Abstract

Malta and Sicily show common geological and geomorphological features, having been also physically linked notlater than the Last Glacial Maximum. At present both islands have a high tourist vocation, but their environmentalpotential is not fully exploited for attracting tourists and visitors. In the framework of an international researchproject, “Ecological Cross-border Networks Malta-Sicily” (RE.MA.SI.), a multidisciplinary study for theidentification, 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 assessedapplying a methodology already tested in previous studies. The aim was to see whether any of these sites couldbe considered as geosites of geomorphological interest (geomorphosites) according to scientific, additional anduse values.In order to create a common geomorphosite inventory and a GIS-database, the standard forms of the ItalianInstitute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) were used. The recognised and assessedgeomorphosites mainly include coastal and kart features, but also landslides, badlands and mud volcanoes areencountered due to their scientific interest and scenic value.The research enabled us to highlight that geomorphosites can become a relevant resource for social andeconomic development in Malta and Sicily, and can provide the ground for bridging these islands through a newintegrated approach with foresees common methods and actions for geoheritage exploitation and enforcement ofconservation strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages531-531
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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