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
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.