MIL-OSI Europe: Written question – Protecting Trapani’s wetlands at the former Modica and Collegio salt pan sites – E-000556/2024

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Source: European Parliament

Question for written answer  E-000556/2024
to the Commission
Rule 138
Ignazio Corrao (Verts/ALE)

Lying alongside special protected area ITA010028, special area of conservation TA010007 and Ramsar site 2329, Trapani’s wetlands at the former Modica and Collegio salt pan sites are part of Important Bird Area (IBA) No 158, comprise a priority habitat of type 1150 and are home some important protected species.

A project has been launched to provide access to Trapani’s port and industrial area (CUP: E97H21010060006), financed under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) and run by ZES Sicilia Occidental. It will be undertaken not only right next to the wetlands at the former Modica and Collegio salt pan sites and the ‘Trapani and Paceco salt pans’ nature reserve but also directly in both Natura 2000 sites mentioned above[1].

The project’s environmental studies do not comply with the national guidelines for environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and fail to assess how the project will affect the Natura 2000 sites or type 1150 habitat in the IBA[2], making it impossible to predict the offsets required and effectively violating the ‘do no significant harm’ principle.

In view of the above:

  • 1.Will the Commission ensure that the project is compatible with the site management plans?
  • 2.Will it check that the project is actually eligible for NRRP funding when it will have direct and indirect irreversible effects on EU protected habitats?
  • 3.Will it advocate for the restoration of wetlands with habitats referred to in Directive 92/43/EEC and located within the perimeter of Natura 2000 sites?

Submitted:21.2.2024

  • [1] https://drive.google.com/file/d/1leNG-8OQjRYLB3FsfbjZbwkHFLFVtu-h/view?usp=drive_link
  • [2] https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_YVSCDVNAcO8IDd1CbQODLJFFgp4yGRV/view?usp=drive_link
Last updated: 4 March 2024

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