The present work is part of the Road Ecology theme, thus the fragmentation of ecosystems caused by road networks, a very important phenomenon throughout Italy, but especially in the central part of the peninsula where there is a high concentration of natural areas of European importance. The research was carried out with the aim to implement a method for measuring fragmentation caused by the large regional road network towards the Special Conservation Zones (SCZs) of Natura 2000 system (92/43/CEE – Habitat Directive) . The goal of the method described herein is to provide the region with design instructions, which will be part of a pilot project following the current one, to mitigate the intense landscape fragmentation identified in this crucial central region of Italy. Since 2002, the region had already resolved on the implementation of an ecological regional network (RERU), but the work carried out provides the necessary information to achieve full efficiency in the connections between the different habitats by identifying gaps that may actually allow wildlife to move from one area to another. This is an essential knowledge in a territory that, even though of high overall environmental value, is crossed by a dense network of infrastructural road barriers almost entirely occlusive. Work materials have been processed as part of a LIFE Nature project “SUN” under the leadership of the Umbria Region.

The role of infrastructural barriers and gaps on Natura 2000 functionality in Italy A case study on Umbria region

Marucci A;Zullo F.;Fiorini L.;Romano B.
2019

Abstract

The present work is part of the Road Ecology theme, thus the fragmentation of ecosystems caused by road networks, a very important phenomenon throughout Italy, but especially in the central part of the peninsula where there is a high concentration of natural areas of European importance. The research was carried out with the aim to implement a method for measuring fragmentation caused by the large regional road network towards the Special Conservation Zones (SCZs) of Natura 2000 system (92/43/CEE – Habitat Directive) . The goal of the method described herein is to provide the region with design instructions, which will be part of a pilot project following the current one, to mitigate the intense landscape fragmentation identified in this crucial central region of Italy. Since 2002, the region had already resolved on the implementation of an ecological regional network (RERU), but the work carried out provides the necessary information to achieve full efficiency in the connections between the different habitats by identifying gaps that may actually allow wildlife to move from one area to another. This is an essential knowledge in a territory that, even though of high overall environmental value, is crossed by a dense network of infrastructural road barriers almost entirely occlusive. Work materials have been processed as part of a LIFE Nature project “SUN” under the leadership of the Umbria Region.
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