Action B.1.1: Governance Analysis

The Stakeholder Panelist, defined for the LIFE SEPOSSO project, is made up of the main categories of stakeholders involved, based on their role, in the management of Posidonia oceanica transplants.

Periodic meetings will be planned during which the aspects necessary to provide clarity on the principles, rules and procedures concerning the management of P. oceanica transplants will be addressed, understanding the interactions between the different elements of the EIA process and Different actors involved and identify any conflicts that hinder the achievement of optimal governance.


Stakeholders Panelist Life SEPOSSO


The main objective of this study was the assessment of the governance of coastal works and infrastructures that have generated an impact on the Posidonia oceanica meadows and the related Posidonia transplantation activities, prescribed as damage compensation measures.

In particular, the quality of governance processes was analyzed through the analysis of the roles, perceptions and participation of stakeholders in four Italian case studies, linked respectively to the construction of various maritime works: the expansion of the ports of Piombino (LI) and Civitavecchia (RM), the laying of a gas pipeline in Ischia (NA) and the environmental recovery of a Site of National Interest (SIN) area in Augusta-Priolo (SR).

Furthermore, the main visions that feed the debate on the topic of transplants and which are the main meeting points and / or conflict between these visions were investigated. The transparency of the analyzed processes, the degree of public participation and the possibility of citizens’ access to the initiatives concerning the works and related transplants of P. oceanica in the four case studies were assessed in light of the principles of the Aarhus Convention.


Graphic representation of the conflict (red arrow) or agreement relationships (green arrow) between the different visions identified with the Governance analysis using the Q methodology.


The report “Analysis of stakeholders and conflicts” contains the analysis carried out through semi-structured interviews and the Q methodology to define the Governance processes that characterized the implementation of Posidonia oceanica transplants in the main case studies.


DELIVERABLE – Action B.1.1 – Report on Stakeholder and conflict analysis – 05.04.2020

Report_B.1.1_ANNEX_1 – Stakeholder questionnaire: semi-structured interview

Report_B.1.1_ANNEX_2 – Questionnaire on public information and participation in Posidonia oceanica transplanting projects

Report_B.1.1_ANNEX_3 – Stakeholder panelist


The document “Guidelines for the preparation of prescriptive frameworks in EIA measures: updating the structure of the environmental condition” is in press.

This document constitutes an in-depth analysis of the “Guidelines for the preparation of prescriptive frameworks of the measures issued for the environmental assessment procedures of state competence”, published in 2013 by the MATTM (Ministry of the Environment and the Protection of the Sea), now MITE (Ministry of the Environment and Ecological Transition). The document aims to provide useful information for the formulation of the prescriptive frameworks in the EIA, relating to plans, projects and works whose realization, potentially, determines impacts on the prairies of Posidonia oceanica, priority marine habitat 1120 * sensu Habitat Directive 92/43 EEC.
The document reports the minimum contents of a typical environmental presciption, which emerged from the in-depth analysis of the SEPOSSO project, in the context of the “biodiversity” environmental factor, in the case of actions involving P. oceanica.

Action B.1.2 – Guidelines for the preparation of prescriptive frameworks of the measures issued for the environmental assessment procedures of state competence – IN PRESS



Ecosystem Services are the contributions of the ecosystem structure and functions (in combination with other inputs) to human well-being. This means that humanity is highly dependent on the proper functioning of ecosystems and on Natural Capital, which are the basis for a constant flow of ecosystem services from nature to society. Posidonia oceanica meadows provide many important ecosystem services, such as habitat creation and maintenance, water quality regulation, food and nutrition supply, climate regulation. When Posidonia oceanica meadows are affected by human activities, their ecosystem services can be degraded, with possible reduction of their contributions to human well-being, also in economic terms.

Life SEPOSSO prepared a “Technical Guide on the economic evaluation of environmental impacts on Posidonia oceanica meadows” (forthcoming), based on the paradigm of ecosystem services. The main objective is to support the elaboration of technical documents in the context of the Environmental Impact Assessment and the Appropriate Assessment sensu Habitat Directive, with the aim of contributing to the governance of these processes.

Action B.1.2 – Technical Guide on the economic evaluation of environmental impacts on Posidonia oceanica meadows – IN PRESS