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The Sight of Biodiversity
The protected areas of the Italian peninsula surround a natural heritage like no other; wealth that should be protected and promoted.
Alitalia, which is sensitive to environmental issues as part of its corporate social responsibility, supports the Italian Ministry of the Environment's "Experience Natural Areas" and "Discover Biodiversity" projects. Between the Alps and the Pelagie islands, including lakes and rivers, woods, pine forests, Mediterranean vegetation and the waters of the four seas that surround the Italian peninsula, there are over 57,000 species of animals, more than a third of Europe's fauna and nine thousand species of plants, around half of those on the entire continent.
All of this extraordinary wealth is what we call "biodiversity," a term that indicates not just the variety of living beings that inhabit a territory and the relationships that they establish between each other, but also all the natural resources and, in a broader sense, the very secret of evolution. Taking care of this heritage, which is subject to increasingly strong pressures, is critical, not only to meet Italian and EU standards, but especially because human society depends heavily on it and on the services that it draws from it in terms of resources and quality of life.
A key tool for the strategy of conserving biodiversity and for action against its loss, as well as for promoting tourism that is more aware, seasonally adjusted and diversified—able to combine the human impact with safeguarding our natural heritage—is the 871 protected natural areas, including national and regional parks, nature reserves and marine protected areas, officially recognized by the Ministry of the Environment.
The list of wonders ranges from the Belluno Dolomites to Cilento and the Cinque Terre, a World Heritage site, from Gran Paradiso to the Sibillini Mountains and Gran Sasso, from the park of Abruzzo to the Tremiti Islands and Gargano, to islands like Ventotene, Ustica and Tavolara, from the Tuscan Archipelago to Capo Rizzuto, and from Circeo to Asinara and Vesuvius.
These are unique treasures, the incomparable beauty of which we can enjoy and the riches of which we should preserve responsibly, thinking of the future. Alitalia has given the names of the national parks to its Embraer aircraft, as a clear sign of its attentions toward the environment and the territory. The new-generation Embraer aircraft are part of the Alitalia fleet, one of the newest in Europe that, with an average age of 6.5 years, contributes to reducing the presence of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere.
Find out about and experience the protected natural areas; for more information click here.
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