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 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...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION  The LIFE Project Monti della Tolfa had as its main objective the restoration and preservation of some endangered habitats and species (mainly rear birds). The initiative was also aimed at fostering a harmonious link between human activities and nature conservation, by favoring the traditional practices necessary to preserve the ecosystem of the area, as well as increasing awareness of residents and visitors on the importance of biodiversity and...
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...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION   In 2008, through the implementation of projects designed to develop specific monitoring systems, the EU program LIFE+ promoted the assessment of environmental risk potentially deriving from the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). At that time, Italy was outlining a legislative framework that suggested the need to define the rules of coexistence between transgenic, biologic and traditional cultivation, in order to fulfill its obligations under...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The protection of the two brown bear populations in Italy, the one in the Alps and the other in the Apennines, was the purpose of the LIFE project ARCTOS. Its goal was to support the conservation of the two groups through the adoption of management measures which are compatible with the presence of this plantigrade, the reduction of conflicts with human activities as well as the dissemination of information and outreach of the major interest groups. The main...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION The ANTIDOTO project (meaning antidote), carried out in three European areas, the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga (Italy), Andalusia and Aragon (Spain), had the aim of promoting the conservation of large carnivores and necrophagous raptors through the dissemination of innovative measures to prevent and combat the illegal use of poison applied to protect the domestic livestock. This is an illegal and unfair practice, widespread in Europe, which each year...