The Italian sites of the Ledro Alps/Judicaria, Appennino Tosco-Emiliano, and Pro Delta reserves have been added to the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The three Italian designations are among 20 others that have recently been added to the UNESCO list of these specific reserves, which lists the nominees as “places for learning about sustainable development aiming to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with the sustainable use of natural resources”.
The Ledro Alps/Judicaria reserve is located between the Dolomite World Heritage site and Lake Garda, in the Trentino region.
Appennino, the area between the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany, contains an astounding 70% of all animal species in Italy, including the Golden Eagle. The Pro Delta reserve includes a variety of geographic features – fossil dunes, lagoons, marshes, and pine forests, among others. It covers approximately 139,398 hectares expanding over 16 municipalities, and contributes greatly to the local region’s rice farming sector.