Environmentalists in Italy are busy working on a plan that would help them protect the country’s rich biodiversity.
According to a report, more than 45 percent of Italy’s vertebrates, 40 percent of plants and 30 percent of natural environments are already threatened.
In such a scenario, the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Environmental Protection Agency has joined hands in the venture to save the Italian plants, animals and ecosystems.
Both the groups have agreed that the focus would be on two eco-regions – the Alps and the Mediterranean. The Alps, one of the very few last surviving natural areas in Europe, houses 13,000 plants and 30,000 animals, while the Mediterranean is home to 25,000 plants, 62 species of amphibians and 179 kinds of reptiles.
To ensure that the project covers areas that go beyond Italy’s border, the WWF is in touch with groups in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
More than 45 percent of Italy’s vertebrates, 40 percent of plants and 30 percent of natural environments are already threatened.