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Biodiversità in rete project comes to an end

Implemented thanks to the contribution of the Cariplo Foundation, the project has led to a feasibility study designing a local ecological network between the Adda and Lambro rivers, passing through the Monte Barro Park.

Ecological networks are a sort of "green highways", key to the conservation of biodiversity. They allow individuals to move from a protected area to another in order to find food, shelter, new territories and mates. If these connections are interrupted by urbanisation and infrastructures, species are forced into tight spaces that put them at risk of local extinction.

The project started in March 2013 and ended in February 2015. Its primary goal was the preservation and improvement of the ecological continuity between biodiversity-rich areas in northern Lombardy, such as the Monte Barro, the Adda river, the Annone, Segrino and Pusiano lakes and the Lambro river. Through the realization of a feasibility study, a local ecological network has been identified, thus promoting the conservation of an area of high natural value.

The project was divided into several phases. At first, an analysis of the naturalistic framework has been carried out in order to identify relevant species and habitats, as well as their spatial distributions. This analysis led to the identification of potential ecological connections and interventions to be implemented in order to protect species and habitats.

Then, the project’s consortium analysed the administrative framework through the study of urban development plans; this study aimed at defining the potential ecological corridors and at checking their consistency with the project’s goals

Last, the feasibility study has been drafted; it includes the planning of the ecological corridors, such as two road underpasses, the removal of obstacles along the rivers and the creation of wetlands and wooded bands in favour of fauna. The designing of such interventions will make their actual implementation much easier in the future.

During the different phases the 17 municipalities located in the project area have been involved, collecting important contributions aimed at including ecological connectivity into municipalities’ spatial planning.