biodiversity

  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The lowlands of Parma have an important naturalistic value in the Po Valley thanks to the presence of important nesting sites for birdlife, intersections between the migratory routes represented by the main waterways such as the Po and Taro rivers, fountains and the persistence of valuable agricultural crops such as permanent pastures and alfalfa fields. However, the territory, while retaining good natural potential, presents several problems related to...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION  Road infrastructure represents a serious threat to the conservation of biodiversity as a cause of degradation and fragmentation of habitats, source of disturbance and pollution, and obstacle to the movement and spread of fauna. It is also a relevant direct mortality factor for many species of birds and mammals. Accidents, which involve species of very high conservation value, such as the wolf, bear or wild cat, represent a further threat to wildlife...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The European forestry sector is characterized by great diversity in terms of types of forests, extent of covered surfaces, ownership structures and socio-economic conditions. According to "The State of Europe's Forests" (FOREST EUROPE, 2015), European forests have an extension of 215 million hectares, meaning approximately 33% of the total European area. Forests play a crucial role from different points of view, not only in terms of procurement of timber and...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The objective of the EGIDA project was to promote the activities of the GEO intergovernmental initiative (Group on Earth Observation) by stimulating the involvement of an increasing number of stakeholders and users of scientific and technological communities (research centers, national and international agencies, companies) in accessing and supplying data and information through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), as well as in the...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The SOR.BA project had the aim of requalifying the springs of one of the most important spring-fed rivers in Europe, the Bacchiglione in the province of Vicenza, through restoration of its original habitats and the reconversion of the site, used until recent times for fish farming activities, to its natural conditions. The measures concerned mainly the reconstruction of the hydraulic system as it was prior to the establishment of the fish farm, on the basis of...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The problem of eutrophication of surface waters due to the excess of diffuse source nutrients is one of the major impediments to achieving the quality objectives established by the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) at European level. In the Pontine Plain (Agro Pontino, Lazio) the problem was reported as a priority by the Lazio Water Protection Plan as early as 2007. In this context the REWETLAND project aimed to improve the quality of surface waters of the...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The EX-TRA project was carried out in 4 EU countries: Italy, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. The general objective of the project activity was the sharing of experiences for enhancing knowledge about the best forms of conservation of the wolf (Canis lupus) and bear (Ursus arctos) species. It was ideated as follow-up of the previous project LIFE COEX (www.life-coex.net) Improving Coexistence of Large Carnivores and Agriculture in Europe (LIFE04 NAT/IT/000144),...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION   The intensive agricultural practices, the uprooting of ancient olive trees for ornamental purposes, the missing or insufficient compensation of the cultivation costs, the limited knowledge about their environmental value, the reduced sensibility towards their cultural heritage constitute the threats to which the ancient olives groves are exposed and which are the background of the project. The ancient olive groves, cultivated by using traditional low...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION The LIFE GESTIRE project was conceived to face the need of an integrated strategy for the management of the Natura 2000 network in Lombardy, contributing – in line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 – to the restoration and maintenance of a sufficient conservation status of the sites, habitats and species in a region like Lombardy, characterized by strong pressures related to human settlements and production, and at the same time by a high richness of natural...