National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise

National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise (area of 50,000 ha) stretches along the Central Southern Apennine ridge, ranging from the lowest altitude of 300 m to 2,249 m at its highest peak, so it is a predominantly mountainous area being very rich in forests. Rivers in this park empty their waters into the Adriatic Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea, involving several catchment basins. The main rivers are: Sangro River (with its tributaries Scerto and Fondillo), Giovenco River and Melfa River. There are also the artificial Lake of Barrea and Lake Vivo. Because of karst phenomena, waters often flow into underground riverbeds, then form resurgences downhill, sometimes even crossing the boundaries of the park. In past times this area was modelled by glaciations and karst phenomena. Today some evidence of … »

Sirente-Velino Regional Park

Sirente-Velino area falls under the protection of Sirente-Velino Regional Park. The park was set up under Regional Law 54/1989 of Abruzzo regional government, then further amended under Regional Law 23/2000. Sirente-Velino Regional Park covers about 55,000 ha and is concentrated on Mt. Velino (2,486 m) and Mt. Sirente (2,348 m). It ranges from 600 m to 2,500 m above sea level. The karst area enables rivers and lakes to be better localised on the surface. The open areas, mostly pasture lands, cover about 59%, while about 24% is forest. This is made of beechwood (7.44%), hardwood forest (15.19%), where downy oak, hornbeam, manna ash are prevalent, and the remaining 1.1% of lands reforested with black pine. The remaining 17% (approximately) consists of rocky areas (1.4 %), farmlands (14.68%) and urban … »

University of Camerino

Although the School of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine is a small structure, it is a scientific centre of excellence in Life Sciences both in the Marches and throughout Italy. That is confirmed by a great deal of national and international prizes given to many professors who work at this university, and by several grants delivered under competition rules by Italian and foreign state-owned agencies (Ministry of Education, University and Research – in Italian: MIUR – and EC), as well as by private companies (i.e. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). There are courses in subjects as diverse as Floristry and Systematic Botany. For that reason the university has two herbariums recognised by Index Herbariorum. Together with Gran Sasso-Laga Mountains National Park, in 2001 it founded and now manages the Apennine Floristic … »

Legambiente Onlus

Legambiente, recognised by the Ministry of the Environment as an association of environmental interest, is the most widespread conservation group in Italy. It has more than 1,000 local groups, 20 regional committees, 115,000 partners and supporters, about 30,000 classrooms participating in environment educational programmes, as well as 3,000 participants in voluntary fields, and finally over 60 natural areas that are directly or cooperatively managed. Legambiente is a member of Federparchi (Italian Parks and Natural Reserves Federation), IUCN (World Conservation Union), FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), EEB (European Environmental Bureau) and of other Italian and foreign networks for environmental protection. This association carries out information and awareness campaigns such as Goletta Verde (Green Schooner), that each summer gives an accurate picture of the Italian sea health, or Treno Verde (Green Train), that … »