Central Apennines rewilding area

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  • Location:
    Central Apennines
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  • Type of protection:
    National and Regional Parks, non protected areas

Rewilding Apennines aims at favoring the comeback of wildlife and natural processes in the mountains of Central Italy, reconnecting the existing protected areas and providing new economic opportunities to the local communities.

Marsican / Abruzzo brown bear (Ursus arctos marsicanus) adult in spring mountain meadow. Critically endangered subspecies. Central Apennines, Abruzzo, Italy. May 2012. Photo credit: Bruno D'Amicis


  • Habitat types: Mountain grasslands, Alpine grasslands, Beech Forest, Oak Forest, Limestone canyons and caves, Mountain streams, Wooden pastures
  • Keystone species present: Brown Bear, Wolf, Red deer, Roe deer, Wild boar, Apennine Chamois, Golden Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Lanner falcon, White-backed woodpecker
  • Fauna (mega) species present: Apennine brown bear, Wolf, Apennine chamois
  • Fauna species reintroduced: Red deer, roe deer, Griffon vulture, Raven


  • Description: Work to connect protected areas to scale up the ecological functionality of the system.<br /> Favor the comeback of large animals and support reintroduction of still missing species.<br /> Involve local communities and establish new business opportunities linked to the wildlife presence.
  • Aim: Work with local communities to increase wildlife acceptance and favor use of abandoned land as an economic opportunity.
  • Vision: Secure the conservation of large mammals and birds reconnecting existing protected areas in a wide ecological framework in the Central Apennines.
  • Accomplished in 10 years from now: Corridors between protected areas are managed to favor the presence of flagship species and their free movement between protected areas.<br /> A number of sustainable businesses have been established providing new economic opportunities to local communities, decreasing villages abandonment.
  • Uniqueness: Central Apennines have a unique array of landscapes, habitat types, wildlife, ancient villages and culture, very close to big cities, such as Rome.
  • Flagship species: Bear, Chamois, Vulture
  • Other characteristics: Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Sale of sustainable products


  • Inspirational value: In one of the richest European regions for biodiversity and nature, located in the heart of Italy, and where national parks and reserves have been established since more than 90 years, Rewilding Apennines works to create effective ecological corridors between the PAs, at the same time improving the functionality of the ecosystem and creating new economical opportunities for the local communities
  • Experience you would like to share: Wildlife advocates; camera trap monitoring; ecological network implementation; participative process
  • Experience you would like to gain: Large carnivore and vulture conservation; poison prevention; local products marketing; wildlife watching facilities
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