The project Life ESC 360 wants to create opportunities for young people by working on the monitoring of protected species in state owned reserves in Italy. Monitoring is a vital step for nature conservation as only data on the conservation status of species allow a targeted management of reserves. Data collected by the volunteers represent an increase in knowledge on the presence and conservation status of species of Community interest, according to the reporting under the Article 17 of the Habitats Directive. The volunteers will be trained appropriately and will apply standard monitoring protocols for the monitoring of numerous species of invertebrates, amphibians, avifauna, mammals of Community importance and forest habitats.
The Life ASAP project (LIFE15 GIE/IT/001039) is a project co-financed by the European Union that has as objective the reduction of the introduction rate of invasive alien species (IAS) in the Italian territory and the mitigation of its impacts. In particular, Life ASAP aims to increase the awareness and the active participation of citizens regarding the problem of IAS and to promote the correct and efficient management of IAS by public entities in charge thanks to the full implementation of the European regulations in the field of invasive alien species (EU 1143/2014).
LIFE Blue Lakes project tackles the problem of microplastics in lakes through a set of governance, training, information and awareness actions, addressed to institutions, relevant stakeholders and citizens.
Main project’s actions will be held in Garda, Bracciano and Trasimeno lakes in Italy and in Constance and Chiemsee lakes in Germany. Further Italian and European lake communities will be involved in the promotion and dissemination of good practices.
The Pelagos Plastic Free project stems from the need to reduce marine plastic pollution to protect the cetaceans of the Pelagos Sanctuary. Eight different species of whales and dolphins live in the Sanctuary. An internationally recognized treasure trove of biodiversity, threatened by plastic waste present in the sea. In the Mediterranean Sea there are 250 billion plastic quivers floating in the area, with peaks of maximum density of 10 kg / kmq, one of the highest in the world, owner of the Tuscan Archipelago waters.
The purpose of Pelagos Plastic Free is to reduce the presence of plastic in the waters of the Pelagos Sanctuary through three areas of intervention: governance and management of urban waste, scientific monitoring of plastic in the sea, information and awareness of the public and intervention operators.
Choose Nature is an environmental volunteer project created by Lipu with the contribution of the European Union and the support of the Cariplo Foundation, dedicated to boys and girls between 18 and 30 who want to do something important to defend nature and animals . Choose Nature’s goal is to involve 310 young volunteers from the ESC (European Solidarity Corps) who from August 2017 to August 2019 will be engaged in important field missions to protect 8 species of birds particularly protected by the Birds Directive and 3 species highly threatened by illegal activities. The activity of the children involved in the missions in defense of species will be accompanied by that of the communication group that will make known the project itself and the results achieved. The volunteers of the Life Choose Nature project are present in 11 Italian regions. Their goal is to protect some of the most important species for the biodiversity of our country: Stork, Golden Eagle, Fratino, Lanner, Lesser Kestrel, Bonelli’s Eagle, Queen’s Hawk, Harrier and the small migratory birds of Sardinia.
The LIFE Sic2Sic Project intends to promote an active and conscious participation of citizens in the protection of biodiversity in the sites of the Natura 2000 Network.
The Network, together with the entire system of Protected Areas (National, Regional Parks, etc.), covers about 21% of the territory and preserves an important heritage of biodiversity, seriously threatened and at risk of extinction, especially due to habitat destruction, degradation and fragmentation. , introduction of invasive alien species and over-exploitation of resources and species. This is partly attributable to the lack of knowledge of the Web sites by the citizens, the lack of an effective dialogue between populations and institutions, and the lack of knowledge of the role of community institutions in planning, managing and financing the Web.