Increasing endangered biodiversity in agricultural and semi-natural areas: a demonstrative management model
Italy’s Basso Molise area supports a variety of endangered species. Priority habitats are also located in the area and these include: Salix alba and Populus alba galleries, Riparian mixed forests, Quercus pubescens forests, Pannonian-Balkanic turkey oak-sessile oak forests. Strong links exist between the area’s varied agricultural land use systems and the conservation status of its rich biodiversity. Conservation measures such as improving wildlife corridors, maintaining mosaic patterns of low impact farming systems, and sustaining water flows all contribute to support the long term viability of endangered species in the Basso Molise area.
The main objective of this project is to introduce a coordinated programme of integrated conservations actions that halt biodiversity loss in Basso Molise. This involves engaging public and private sector stakeholders in efforts to implement a territorial resource management model capable of conserving those agricultural and semi-natural habitats that support the following priority species: Milvus milvus, Falco subbuteo, Coracias garrulus, Melanocorypha calandra, Calandrella brachydactyla, Anthus campestris, Asio otus, Emys orbicularis, Bombina pachypus, Triturus carnifex and Eurotestudo hermanni; as well as the habitats 92A0 Salix alba and Populus alba galleries, 91F0 Riparian mixed forests, 91AA* Quercus pubescens forests, 91M0 Pannonian-Balkanic turkey oak-sessile oak forests). All of these target species and habitats have strong links with agricultural systems and the resultant territorial management model is expected to provide a useful demonstration device for other European areas involved in sustaining High Nature Value farm land.
PROJECT REFERENCE: LIFE08 NAT/IT/000324
TOTAL COST: € 1.692.494,00
EU CONTRIBUTION: € 836.413,00
COORDINATOR: UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DEL MOLISE - ITALY
Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori (CIA)-Province of Campobasso - Italy
ENEA - Italy
IGEAM srl - Italy
UNIMOL REFERENCE AND CONTACT:
Prof. Davide MARINO – DiBT, email: email@example.com, Tel. +39 087 4404139