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POSITANO; VISIT TO THE VALLEY OF ’IL PORTO’. KNOW TO DEFEND.

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POSITANO; VISIT TO THE VALLEY OF ’IL PORTO’. KNOW TO DEFEND.

Amalfi Coast Positano, Valley of ‘Il Porto’. On Sunday 19th July at 10 a.m. the local associations Posidonia and Gea will organize a visit to the Valley of ‘Il Porto’, a visit we hope not just for the memory of future generations.

“Know and defend”, this is the aim of the two environmentalist associations in Positano, who shared the battle with the WWF and  other national associations. People from Positano, tourists and scholars, or simply nature-lovers, will be able to admire a ‘canyon’ unique in its kind, with  rare species of flora and fauna. Here you can find the Pinguicola hirtiflora, a tiny insect-eating plant, the rare ferns Pteris vittata and cretica, which survived the Tertiary Period, rare species of chiroptera (bats) and amphibians, such as the Salamandrina terdigitata (spectacled salamander), Rana italica and Bufo bufo, and the luxuriant forest and, above, beautiful waterfalls.

At the entry to the oasis you find a remnant of industrial archeology as the Calcara (limekiln), amongst the biggest on the Amalfi Coast, then the ponds which the Swiss herpetologist Octo Bauer had built in 1930, to study the blood circulation of amphibians. Nearby, a Moorish pavilion from the end of 1700, where the great Australian artist Vali Myers lived , now home of the poet and artist Gianni Menichetti. Illustrious guests have been here, amongst them Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull and Donovan, great artists and writers, like the poet of the beat-generation Gregory Corso. Outside of the Valley, on the right, you can admire the ‘General’s Palace’, a fortress for J.Murat’s garrison.

The oasis near Positano on the Amalfi Coast is therefore is a precious jewel, both nature -and -culture-wise, that could be a great resource for the local and world heritage, that could be lost forever because threatened by public works (cement dams, cutting of the trees and vegetation, wire-netting, stairs, etc), which  would forever compromise the integrity of this ecosystem.

This area is a Site of European Community Importance, set in UNESCO’s  World Heritage  and part of the Park of the Lattari Mountains. Even so, the absurd works, justified with the excuse of hydrogeologic risk and based on a wrong environmental study (!) got the permissions of all the bureaucrats and head offices.

Such works, if realized all over this territory, would wreak havoc in every nook and cranny of of the Amalfi Coast. Similar works, like in Tramonti, failed miserably.

 

 

 

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