Italy’s central region of Umbria hosts transitional areas located between the Mediterranean and Continental biogeographical regions. These areas are rich in biodiversity and include many endemic species. Such diversity is reflected in the 104 SCI and SPAs located in the region, accounting for more than 15% of its land surface. However, the conservation status of key habitats is considered poor or seriously affected by human pressure, and priority species remain threatened by a variety of factors.
The aim of this project is to prepare, on the basis of the approach of the Priority Action Frameworks (PAFs), concrete and operational measures for the Natura 2000 network. The projects aims to achieve and maintain favourable conservation status of habitats and species by identifying targeted conservation measures and restoring ecological connectivity and functionality. It also aims to identify possible sources of funding at European, national and regional level to ensure long-term benefits for Umbria’s Natura 2000 network.
Development of a financial plan for the management of the Natura 2000 network in Umbria for the period 2017-2023;
-A strategy for the management of the Natura 2000 network in Umbria;
-Updated regional ‘Prioritised Action Framework’;
-Guidelines for the conservation of biodiversity in the Natura 2000 network;
-The implementation of a monitoring programme for the Natura 2000 network; and
-Increased awareness on the value of the Natura 2000 network, among local stakeholders and young people, through communication campaigns.
Coordinator: Regione Umbria Italy
Start Date: 2014-10-01 /End Date: 2017-09-30