Three Italian sites now part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves list

Three Italian sites now part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves list

The Appennino Tosco-Emiliano is located between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna regions


UNESCO has announced in Paris, during the Man and the biosphere Committee meeting, that three Italian sites have been added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, those "places where to learn about sustainable development aiming to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with the sustainable use of natural resources".

The three Italian sites are the Po Delta reserve, the Ledro Alps and Judicaria reserve and the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano reserve: the Po Delta site spreads around an area of 139,398 hectares and over 16 municipalities. It also includes the river's branches, the coastal dune systems and the sand formations, lagoons, fishing ponds, marshes, fossil dunes, canals and coastal pine forests and cultivated lands dominated by rice farming, providing great variety of biodiversity and habitats.
The Ledro Alps and Judicaria reserve is in the Trentino region, between the Dolomite World Heritage site and Lake Garda.
Finallly, the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano site, between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna regions, contains 70% of all the animal species now in Italy, including birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, fish, the wolf and the Golden Eagle.

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