Integrated management strategies for the enhancement of the heritage constituted by lighthouses, semaphores and sea marks of the Mediterranean

The project MED-PHARES aims to initiate the recovery and valorization of Mediterranean lighthouses and semaphores: an immense coastal heritage that once again made accessible and usable by local population and tourists, will become key factor of economic and cultural development, after having for years represented a valuable support to mariners and an important defensive garrison.

The main stages of the project are:

  • A phase of study and cataloging of coastal sites on the Mediterranean, will kick off the rediscovery of a resource, for too long hidden or forgotten, on which to base a strategy of sustainable growth, which entrusts to the coast a starring role.
  • The Conservatoria delle coste and its partners will guide the ambitious process aiming to create an international network of lighthouses and semaphores, called to tell the thousand-year history of the peoples of the Mediterranean, keeping alive its myths and legends.
  • The crucial step, the true heart of MED-PHARES, will be the path of consultation between citizens and institutions on design assumptions for new uses and development strategies of nine "pilot" sites, in which conducting restoration and valorization: after years of neglect, these areas will therefore be returned to the local communities, along with the stories and emotions that they have managed to preserve through the centuries.

This web site has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union under the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of the Agenzia Conservatoria delle Coste of the Sardinia region and the partners of the project (Conservatoire du Littora et des Rivages Lacustres, Agence de Protection et d’Aménagement du Littoral, Société pour la Protection de la Nature au Liban, Municipalité de Tyr) and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union or of the Programme’s management structures.