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. 

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...
  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 Re.S.C.We. project was built on interventions of renaturation and conservation aimed at restoring the pre-existing wetlands and protecting the residual dune formations along the coastline within the Sentina Regional Natural Reserve (SCI IT5340001; SPA IT54400022), in the municipality of San Benedetto del Tronto. This Reserve is the smallest and one of the youngest protected areas in the Marche Region. It is characterized by about 1700 meters of coastline with a small...
  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 ARUPA project had the main objective of ensuring the survival and increase of the population of some amphibian and reptile species within the ravines of Matera that, since 1995, is part of the SPA/SCI IT9220135 site “Gravine di Matera”. Specific objectives were the preservation of amphibians and reptiles and the mitigation of threats to their survival, an in-depth and detailed analysis of the knowledge base about the territory, gained through a TIS (...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION The P.A.R.C. project was aimed at improving the conservation status of the fish species Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus), Twaite shad (Alosa fallax), Western vairone (Leuciscus souffia), South European roach (Rutilus rubilio) and Italian barbel (Barbus plebejus) in the distributional areas of the Magra and Vara rivers within the Regional Park Montemarcello-Magra. There were some artificial obstructions in the two watercourses in the Province of La Spezia that made it...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION The DINAMO project was designed to preserve, enhance and monitor the biodiversity in agricultural and semi-natural areas through the implementation of conservation actions performed with the joint participation of public bodies (municipalities, research institutes, local associations) and private entities (farms). Its objective was the development of an integrated management model of interventions in favor of the biodiversity in rural areas. The actions of the...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION Recovery and rehabilitation of degraded coastal dune habitats. These are the goals of the PROVIDUNE project which aimed, in particular, at safeguarding the priority habitat 2250* "Coastal dunes with Junipers and other coastal dune habitats connected to it", among the most threatened of the EU and present in Italy, Portugal, Spain, Denmark, France and Greece.Coastal areas are strategically important for the European Union (Recommendation 2002/413/EC on the Integrated...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION The ECORICE project has been conceived to preserve the natural species and areas of the Vercelli rice field plain, in particular the habitats threatened  by monoculture practice. The rice agro ecosystem in the Vercelli plain developes for most of its surface on private areas not subject to specific conservation or environmental management, so the survival of its natural components, as well as of the animal and plant species depending on them, is often influenced by...

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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
CENT.OLI.MED. - Identification and conservation of the high nature value of ancient olive groves in the Mediterranean region
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
P.A.R.C. -Petromyzon And River Continuity
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
RICOPRI - Restoration and conservation of dry grasslands in Southern and 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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