Our Location


UNIMARE is located at a campsite (Villaggio Camping Nettuno) that overlooks a beach composed of pebbles and rocky cliffs, in the small village of Nerano. The territory, rich in natural resources, has transformed from a fisherman village to a very touristic site, and since 1997 it has been a part of the Marine Protected Area (MPA) of Punta Campanella. The MPA aims to protect marine ecosystems such as seagrass meadows, hard substrate communities and underwater caves.


UNIMARE values the educational importance surrounding marine biodiversity, and finds it vital that people understand its significance. To put it simply, biodiversity can be described as “all the different kinds of life you’ll find in one area” (Hancock). This includes the abundance of plants, animals, fungi, and even the things we cannot see, such as microorganisms. Biodiversity also focuses on the way in which all of these living things work together in order to create a complex, yet perfectly maintained ecosystem. It has been discovered that there are approximately 8.7 million species of plants and animals on Earth. Although, it is important to note that only about 1.2 million species have been specifically identified. This statistic is one reason why biodiversity is so significant, because despite the immense number of organisms that there are, they all have a role and purpose that allow all the different regions of species to thrive together. 

 


The Ieranto Bay, located in the Sorrento Peninsula is a hotspot for biodiversity due to the bay’s diverse mixture of natural environments such as caves, canyons, and vertical cliffs. Of the species found, invertebrates make up 55.7% of the species in the bay (151 species) with vertebrates representing 24.0% (65 species) and plantae representing 20.3% (55 species). Of the total 271 species found in the Bay, 17 are protected, while 13 are endemic and 5 are invasive. If you would like to learn more about both the general and local biodiversity in relation to UNIMARE, please find more information here.

 


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Villaggio Nettuno

Via A. Vespucci 39

80061 Massa Lubrense (Napoli) - Italy