supporting biodiversity CANALS AS
BLUE-GREEN INFRASTRUCTURES
CONTROL OF
ALIEN SPECIES
to preserve ecosystem equilibrium
ENGAGEMENT the citizen science for controlling the territory
Canal ecosystem

Canal ecosystem

Artificial canals contribute to the conservation of biodiversity by offering shelter to numerous species and constitute an important means for directly connecting different natural areas.
Invasive species

Invasive species

Alien species are animals and plant organisms which are introduced into different habitats to those from which they originate and whose presence endangers the balance of the host ecosystem. This is why it is important to limit their presence as much as possible.
Participation

Participation

Biodiversity management and conservation, along with control of the territory, are much more effective when active collaboration between citizens, the scientific community and institutions is established.

Climate change, land transformation, intensive soil and water use/pollution: these are just some of the causes that have contributed most to the degradation of habitats, reducing their level of biodiversity and their ability to provide traditional ecosystem services.

But the spread of alien wildlife species also contributes to eroding biodiversity in environments, jeopardizing the balance of ecosystems.

The LIFE GREEN4BLUE project fits into this scenario. The project aims to achieve environmental regeneration of land reclamation canals to enhance their role as blue-green infrastructures connecting natural areas within the territory.  ...READ THE FULL ARTICLE

HAVE YOU SEEN ANY ALIEN SPECIES?

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Be a protagonist with us of the scientific monitoring activities dedicated to Myocastor coypus and Procambarus clarkii.
Whenever you spot specimens of these two species you can easily report it from your smartphone thanks to a simple app shared with the CSMON-LIFE project, or from this site by clicking on the button.
The reports will flow into a database that will help us to estimate their number in the territories with greater rigour.
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In Europe, 60% of protected species and 77% of habitats are considered to have an unfavourable conservation status (Source: EEA), which highlights the inadequacy of the measures adopted to date to achieve the EU objective of "halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020, and restoring them in so far as feasible...".

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Biodiversity is also under significant threat in Italy. From the sample of 2,807 species used by the IUCN to assess their conservation status, it emerged that, despite all efforts made, biodiversity in Italy has deteriorated over the last few decades to the point that no less than 596 species are at risk of extinction; over 1/5 of the total.

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