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Italian Network for Ecological Research in Coastal Zone and Transitional Areas

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Torre Guaceto Lagoon

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Torre Guaceto (Fig.1) is located in the Apulia region (ITALY), on the Adriatic coast, about 15 km North of Brindisi (40.7149°N-17.7989°E).
 
The name of the area comes from the Arabic terms “GAW SIT” that means “freshwater site”. In 1981 the Torre Guaceto wetland was included in the List of Wetlands of International Importance (the "Ramsar List") under the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) and it was declared Special Protection Area by the Italian Minister of Agriculture. The Italian Minister of Environment thes has instituted a Marine Reserve, extended for 2.200 ha, in 1990, and a Nature Reserve extended for 1.100 ha, in 2000. Actually the reserve is administrated by Consorzio di Gestione di Torre Guaceto.
 
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