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The Associazione Costiera Amalfinata Riserva della Biosfera (ACAR.BIO) (, is engaged in organization and coordination of projects which aim to strengthen the Amalfi Coast candidature as Biosphere Reserve. Its activities focus on the conservation and safeguard of the natural and historical-cultural heritage of the Amalfi Coast, by promoting any kind of sustainable development in the field of the environment, the tourism, the mobility, the energy. It also pays particular attention to the conservation and protection of historic buildings, monuments and marks left by the ancient civilizations.

Currently the association is involved in the project "Biosphere Reserve Amalfi Coast" ( and in numerous other projects on the diffusion of sustainable energy, sustainable mobility, sea protection, sustainable agriculture, sustainable community. The project aims at turning the Amalfi Coast into a biosphere reserve.


ACAR.BIO is also involved in the Starlight Reserves Initiative and in June 2009 has realized an Astronomic Observatory in Coast of Amalfi, officially recognized within the initiatives for UNESCO Starlight.


It has organized, on behalf of the Province of Salerno,  three events in the schools of the area within the Week of Education on Sustainable Development 2009 promoted by UNESCO (9 – 11 – 13 November 2009).


ACAR.BIO is born from the experience of  Comunicazione e Territorio COMETER, with which has a symbiotic relationship, being made by most of the same staff and sharing the same knowledge and background.

This team of people has worked as COMETER managing to become partner of European country Sustenergy and Covenant of Mayors.


In March 2010 it joined the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation as member.


Together with Comunicazione e Territori has realized:


on 13th February 2009 and 12th February 2010, day of sensitization on the energetic theme with Rai Radio 2 Caterpillar



on 12 February 2009 - Bruxelles:  it has received the recognition for the “contributes to the sustainable energy Europe Campaign in the area of Sustainable energy communities”.


on 16 February 2009: Organization of the conference:  “Coast of Amalfi, environmental sustainability and development”. A possible future.


It has edited these volumes: "In the sea of the Coast of Amalfi" author:  Roberto Sandulli;  "Il Porto, the history of a wild canyon" author Gianni Menichetti;  “Histories of dogs" author Gianni Menichetti.


Amongst its various initiatives Comunicazione e Territori, a co-operative enterprise, publishes, since 1991, a newspaper, now online ( focused on the protection of this territory. Within the above mentioned project, it could be an important vehicle of information concerning all the upcoming initiatives.

All this has been possible thanks to the help of professional journalists and environmentalists, until now without any backing from public funds. Amongst the causes promoted so far: a campaign against tuna fish breeding in cages in the waters of the Amalfi Coast, campaign of some local towns together with Greenpeace; and currently, a campaign against concrete structures in the Wildlife Oasis Vallone Porto, Positano. The project aims at the development of an Energy Sustainable Community (SEC), which includes both energetic and environmental sustainability. This body of projects wishes to develop technologies and regulations appliable to other countries as well, especially the ones of the Mediterranean area. It develops press bureaus for publics and private. It collaborates with the environmental association Italia Nostra and with the “Centro di Cultura e storia amalfitana” (Center of culture and history amalfitana), main point and historian cultural institution of the area.




Joint-candidature for the MAB programme approved by the region of Campania (18 May 2015)

The regional council of the Campania region has now officially approved the joint candidature between the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento for the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Program carried out by the UNESCO. It is the result of a series of activities and efforts initiated in 2009 that aim at paving the way of the coastal region to reaching the status of a Biosphere Reserve.


UNESCO Biosphere Reserves around the world are meant to be seen as role models of balancing human activities and conservation of biological diversity and cultural heritage. The title itself serves as an important instrument to promote sustainable development of the region including the appreciation of an economy based on the production of traditional high-quality products and touristic structures.

Early activities relevant for the candidature of the Amalfi Coast as a Biosphere Reserve were introduced in 2009 followed by the declaration of support by the local administration authorities of Salerno and finally shared by the Campania region by subscribing the protocol of agreement in 2013.

One task of the procedure was to present the zoning of the future reserve to the National MAB Committee of the Ministry for Environmental Affairs. Eventually some critics emerged stating that the presented zoning does not respect the criteria foreseen by the Statutory Framework. According to this the reserve must consist of a core protected area surrounded or adjoined by buffer zones, where cooperative activities compatible with sound ecological practices are conducted, followed by a transition area containing agricultural activities and settlements. Therefore the area of the reserve was extended including now the peninsula of Sorrento in the province of Naples.

The new role of the association ACARBIO is identified as the leading subject within this new emerged partnership being in charge of bringing together the partners and coordinating the activities that target at the recognition of the two areas as one Biosphere Reserve. The setting-up of a scientific committee is planned that should support ACARBIO actively in its tasks. 

The formed alliance should be further supported by the collaboration of several partners such as the Provinces of Salerno and Naples, the Community Montana Monti Lattari, the Park of Monti Lattari, the Protected Marine Reserve of Punta Campanella and the 32 communities of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento (Amalfi, Atrani, Cetara, Conca Dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Ravello, Tramonti, Scala, Vietri Sul Mare, Cava De' Tirreni, Nocera Superiore, Nocera Inferiore, Pagani,Sant'Egidio del Monte Albino, Angri, Corbara, Lettere, Casola Di Napoli, Gragnano, Pimonte, Agerola, Castellammare Di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano Di Sorrento, Sant' agnello, Sorrento and Massa Lubrense).





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