Environmental quality assessment of the Sicilian coast using a multi-disciplinary approach

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Abstract

A multidisciplinary approach for the assessment of the environmental quality of the Sicilian coast is presented. This approach can be adopted for any Mediterranean coastline. The territory was divided into elementary areas and for each of them we reported the most important taxa, belonging to fauna and vascular, bryophytic and algal flora, from a biogeographic point of view in order to evaluate punctual and general levels of biodiversity conservation. The comparative analysis showed that the main circumsicilian islands and the carbonate promontories of the Tyrrhenian coast present the highest degree of biodiversity. The coastal lagoons located in the south-eastern Sicily, even though characterized by a lower number of taxa, are also interesting areas deserving top priority in conservation plans.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalActa Zoologica Bulgarica
Volume2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Insect Science

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