Much of Italy’s nature is imperiled, reflecting the economic and political turmoil of the mid-twentieth century. Obscured by this dreary reality is the fact that Italy was a conservation world leader at the beginning of the twentieth century. The 90s witnessed the restoration of the conservation movement to this country.
Early twentieth century conservation efforts helped to restore critically endangered species in Italy, like the unique Apennine chamois. But there is still a lot of work to be done, and not a lot of natural habitat remaining to do it in. Only a handful of Marsican brown bears and Sicilian fir trees remain in Italy’s fragmented wildlands. These species can be saved, but only with commitment to the restoration of critically threatened Italian landscapes.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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Cave paintings and the rare Marsican brown bear make this protected area a stellar example of Italy’s wildlife and cultural heritage.
Once a prison colony, this island has now been given over to native wildlife, including mouflons and cormorants in this autonomous region of Italy.
Cultivated fields surrounds this protected area, making it a small refuge for wildlife in one of this area’s last remaining wetlands.