Nature and biodiversity

Nature and biodiversity

The biodiversity loss alongside climate change represent a phenomenon which increases the irreversible risks and jeopardizes the economic development and our society’s resilience against these challenges. In 2011 the European Commission has adopted the 2020 EU biodiversity strategy with the key objectives established by the EU Heads of States and Governments to "put an end to biodiversity loss and ecosystem services degradation in the EU by 2020 and recover them, by intensifying the EU contribution in order to avoid the loss of biodiversity at global level". On the 7th October 2010 the Minister of the Environment adopted the National Biodiversity Strategy. 

  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   The territory of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park has an exceptional naturalistic value. These are territories characterized by high impact presence of nature, with various types of habitats and many animal and plant species of significant interest. The floristic richness is remarkable, with over 2.400 species, including various endemisms belonging to high altitude pastures and calcareous scree. In the SCI IT7110202 in Gran Sasso...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The CRAINat project had the main purpose of carrying out specific protection and conservation actions for the Austropotamobius pallipes, commonly called crayfish. The elements of pressure on the species with high conservation priority (as such included in the Annexes II and V of the Directive 92/43/EEC "Habitats"), are those which, singularly or combined among them, represent direct threats to the survival of the species, in this case the spread of exotic...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The ecosystems of the islands of Montecristo and Pianosa, protected natural sanctuaries located in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, have been deeply modified by the presence of some invasive alien species introduced, voluntarily or accidentally, over the centuries by inhabitants and visitors. The MONTECRISTO project aimed to eradicate the black rat and ailanthus from the island, two of the three invasive alien species that threatened the area's...
  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 Alpine lakes and streams are among the most remote and apparently intact environments in the Alps. Mountain waters, in fact, are generally very far from the numerous anthropogenic stress factors that affect plain habitats. These environments offer a safe refuge for many aquatic organisms able to withstand the mountain climate and host a particular biocenosis typical of the Alpine ecosystem, which may include unique taxa. In fact, aquatic ecosystems...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The silver fir, a conifer tree, which has seen a significant expansion in the period following the last ice age, in recent times has recorded a great regression of its distribution area due to several reasons among which the  human interventions and the reduction of atmospheric humidity. Even if the main cause of this regression is the human intervention, the changed climate conditions impact negatively the silver fir’s capacity to expand naturally by...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION The LIFE Save the Flyers Project was implemented in two areas of Central Italy: the area of Mount Amiata  in South Tuscany and the Natural Regional Park Gola della Rossa e Frasassi located in an area of the central Apennines within the Marche Region. These areas are characterized by a very rich flora, cavities and caves that house bats and a great variety of birds, including many birds of prey. The project involved many SCIs and SPAs: in Tuscany Cono vulcanico...
DESCRIPTION The LIFE Water SCIs project had the general goal of improving the conservation status of certain animal species of Community Interest populating the aquatic environments (wetlands and water courses) within the upper-Apennine area and the plains sur­rounding Prato, which were exposed to different threats. The acronym chosen for the project refers to both the Species of Community Interest (SCI) and the fact that all the identified target species (fishes, crustaceans, amphibians and...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The RI.CO.PR.I. project was dedicated to the restoration and conservation of two habitats of dry grasslands, namely habitat 6210 “Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates” and habitat 6220 “Pseudo-steppe with grasses and annuals of the Thero-Brachypodietea”. As far as the protection of these habitats depends mainly on the rationality of the agro-pastoral management practices, many of the project activities were assigned directly...

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ANTIDOTO - A new strategy against the poisoning of large carnivores and necrophagous raptors
ARCTOS -Brown Bear Conservation: coordinated actions for the Alpine and Apennines range
ARUPA - Urgent protection actions for amphibians and reptiles in the Matera Gravina
BIOAQUAE - Biodiversity Improvement of Aquatic Alpine Ecosystems
CENT.OLI.MED. - Identification and conservation of the high nature value of ancient olive groves in the Mediterranean region
CRAINat - Conservation and Recovery of Austropotamobius pallipes in Italian Natura 2000 Sites
DEMETRA - Development of a quick monitoring index as a tool to assess environmental impacts of transgenic crops
DINAMO - Increasing endangered biodiversity in agricultural and semi-natural areas: a demonstrative management model
ECORICE - Vercelli rice fields: integrated plan for environmental requalification and sustainable management of rice agroecosystem
EX-TRA - Improving the conditions for large carnivore conservation - Transfer of best practices
GESTIRE - Development of a strategy to manage the Natura 2000 network in Lombardy
LIFE MONTI DELLA TOLFA - Urgent nature conservation measures in the SPAs and SCIs of the area Tolfetano-Cerite-Manziate
LIFE PRATERIE - Urgent actions for the conservation of grasslands and pastures in the territory of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park
LIFE STRADE - Demonstration of a system for the management and reduction of collisions between vehicles and wildlife
Montecristo 2010 - eradication of invasive plant and animal aliens and conservation of species/habitats in the Tuscan Archipelago, Italy
P.A.R.C. -Petromyzon And River Continuity
Pianura Parmense - Actions for the bird species of EU interest in the Natura 2000 sites in the lowlands of Parma (Italy)
PROVIDUNE - Preservation and recovery of coastal dune habitats in the sites of the Cagliari, Matera and Caserta provinces
Re.S.C.We. - Restoration of the Sentina Coastal Wetlands
RESILFOR - Restoration of beech and silver fir forests in the Tuscan Marches Apennines
RICOPRI - Restoration and conservation of dry grasslands in Southern and Central Italy
SAVE THE FLYERS – Measures for the conservation of Chiroptera and Avifauna in Central Italy
SOR.BA - Requalification of the Bacchiglione river’s springs and of the habitats within SPA IT 3220013 and SCI IT 3220040
Water SCIs - Improving the conservation status of Species of Community Interest in the Upper-Apennine and Prato plain area
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