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Is Mortorius Coastal Conservation Area

Fabbricati a Is Mortorius - foto di Teravista
Conservatoria decided to undertake a participative process for the integrated management and enhancement of Is Mortorius coastal conservation area. This area, composed by the Diana nuraghe, the Carlo Faldi anti-naval battery and a natural park, has unique qualities and complexities and is affected by environmental emergencies.

The participative process, the first of its kind for regional heritage assets, started in June 2009 and involved the following phases:

Phase 0 – Involvement actions
An internet-based participation campaign (blog, Facebook) collecting photos and stories about Is Mortorius, proposals and ideas for its requalification. This was run in conjunction with a Summer campaign of strategically placed information posters, press releases, involving of associations and two days of on site awareness raising. Objective: to survey the problems and the needs in order to identify the criteria for intervention in Is Mortorius.

Phase 1 – Public meetings
Public meetings to share the results of the internet campaign and publicise the intervention guidelines that will be used in the subsequent phases of the project.

Phases 2 – Ideas contest
A contest to draw up the outline of a masterplan was announced in July 2010. This was to provide the basis for the following phases of the project. The winning idea provided an integrated approach to stewardship, the transformation and reuse of space, the promotion of a new level of coastal cultural-environmental heritage attractions, and the introduction of sustainable use and management methods.

Phase 3 – Preliminary project
The winner of the ideas contest was a group of overseas professionals, led by architect Pier Paolo Perra. In March 2012 the preliminary project was prepared. Its aims were focused on the environment (including drainage of the site to reclaim areas lost to coastal erosion), culture, recreation and tourism (public usability and enhancing of the coastal landscape).
The project can be summarised in the following actions:
1. recover degraded areas through coordinated interventions, such as the short to mid-term recovery of the environmental integrity of the landscape;
2. restore and reuse the historic buildings through sustainable interventions and the use of bio-architecture techniques;
3. establish innovative functions that are compatible with tourist use of the area, by listening to the local community in a way which is participative and revitalises their interest in their history and cultural and environmental heritage;
4. raise awareness of users about the recovered assets promoting the process of reappropriation and recovery of the site within the area.

Phase 4 – Leasing works and management of the coastal conservation area
The preliminary project will prepare the public procurement for public-private partnership aiming to organize the works happening and the future management of the coastal conservation area.

At the same time, Conservatoria delle Coste has entrusted the safety works for the Diana Nuraghe in collaboration with the Superintendence for the Archaeological Heritage of Cagliari and Oristano.