“The useless conference on the Stagnone Reserve in a school in Marsala”

For years now, a sort of dispute seems to have been going on between the Municipality of Marsala and the former regional province of Trapani (today LCCT) for the management of the Stagnone Islands Oriented Nature Reserve. The former Province, entrusted with the management, is blamed for the incorrect management of the protected natural area and tries to defend itself. What also promptly happened during a “conference” held in recent days in front of students from the “Pietro Ruggieri” scientific high school in Marsala. The environmentalist association Legambiente seems to have entered the dispute and it would be enough to read, again on TP24, the interventions on the matter by the outgoing regional president of Legambiente, as well as former ARS councilor, Gianfranco Zanna, to be able to perceive it. The “conference”, among other things, as written on TP24, was organized by the Circolo Legambiente of Marsala-Petrosino and from the heading: “If this is a Reserve – Is there a future for the Stagnone of Marsala?”, one can grasp the provocation towards the managing body. Provocation that the Mayor of Marsala and the Headmaster would have done better to leave to Legambiente which, unlike the Mayor and the Headmaster, knows the “system”, certainly not democratic and transparent, of assigning regional protected natural areas and knows how our reserves are conducted in the plurality of cases. For its part, the former Province, with the Director of the reserve (could have done without resorting to the passing of the barrel of the “utilization plan”), would have done better not to participate in that conference which promised to be more political than educational . In fact, the Commissioner of the Body, unlike the Director of the reserve, replied in kind: “It would be desirable that the problems of the territory be addressed in the appropriate forums…..seeking discussion with all the actors involved in various capacities and certainly not during a day at school, dedicated to the education of children, transformed into a tussle, where diatribes emerged….”. Why The Mayor of Marsala who has so much to learn, it seems, on the trust of nature reserves, on the many impacts that hang over the protected natural area, starting with the practice of kite surfing and which should make us understand, papers in hand , the economic importance of kite surfing practiced in the reserve, doesn’t organize the conference or better still, first a technical table, rather than letting Legambiente do it? If he really wants to manage the reserve, better than the former province, for the fundamental purpose for which it was established, why not test the representatives of Legambiente and other experts in ecology and management of protected natural areas? This is how the “concertation” takes place and not only with Legambiente, with the politician of the PD and with some managers of kite surfing schools. Set up the technical table in which minutes are taken on the spot, so that one can avoid talking nonsense (as happened at school) about the reserve regulations (precise and punctual for both zone A and reserve zone B). The issue of kite surfing schools must be tackled seriously because it is not by reducing their number that the impact on the avifauna is avoided, the presence of which contributed to the establishment of the reserve and favored the recognition of a wetland of “particular ornithological importance” in Europe.

(The attached photograph shows a flock of garganeys when the bird was common in the Stagnone in spring, before the advent of kite surfing).

Enzo Sciabica
(naturalist of the Pro Capo Feto Association – Pro Natura National Federation)

“The useless conference on the Stagnone Reserve in a school in Marsala”