Rewilding Weeks

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Rewilding Weeks

Rewilding Apennines offers the opportunity to take part in the rewilding movement through a program of practical experiences to personally contribute to the nature conservation in Central Apennines.

What the Rewilding Weeks are

What is the best way to discover rewilding if not to live it concretely, with a series of experiences in the field, specially designed to bring people to the side of the wild nature.

The Rewilding Weeks are initiatives to explore the Central Apennines rewilding area, to meet and exchange with the communities that live in the ecological corridors and that daily deal with the coexistence with wildlife, to help practically in the actions of conservation and environment restoration alongside the team of Rewilding Apennines, to support the economy of small and fascinating Apennine villages.

Through this special program, the Rewilding Apennines objectives are to increase the people’s awareness about the rewilding principles, to amplify the rewilding movement both in Italy and abroad by offering opportunities of personal growth and learning by doing, to support the conservation actions in Central Apennines thanks to the Bear Fund tool. The Rewilding Weeks are not meant to generate profits or tourism, rather they aspire to stimulate people to participate at a cultural changing process in which the protection of natural resources and the ecosystems’ restoration are at the core of the daily life of places and communities.

The initiative is in partnership with Altavia Trekking, a hiking enterprise that guarantees to the program the knowledge of the territory and its resources, of pathways, the safety along the trails and during all the activities.

The small village of Castrovalva in the Sagittario Gorges, in the ecological corridor between the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park and the Majella National Park.
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We need to rewild the world” Sir. David Attenborough, the famous English popularizer and naturalist, has said with strength and convincement, after having observed and testified for decades the drift of natural processes all over the world because of the human impact, with serious consequences for the biodiversity and our species as well. Even Rewilding Apennines took this warning and it is daily committed to defend the natural resources from the excessive exploitation and to shorten the distances between the man and the wild nature. If you want to explore closely how to do, the Rewilding Weeks are the program for you!

Journey through the ecological corridors to contribute to the nature conservation

Walking through the Monte Genzana Alto Gizio Nature Reserve, with a heartbreaking sighting to the ecological corridor that connects the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park to the Majella National Park (in the background).
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The Rewilding Weeks are set in two out of five ecological corridors of the central Apennines rewilding area, where the team’s commitment is concretized through projects of monitoring and conservation of species and habitat, especially for the most endangered ones, and of environmental restoration in the cases where there are compromised situations by the human impact. The work is always carried out in close collaboration with local institutions and communities in order to promote shared initiatives with the residents and to spread as much as possible the culture of man-wildlife coexistence. Bringing the ecosystems back in balance and making people participate at the benefits derived from this constant commitment is one of the objectives that Rewilding Apennines wants to share with whom think that this is a priority mission for the wellbeing and the quality of our lives.

In view of this, the ecological corridors where Rewilding Apennines works and that connect the main protected areas are defined “coexistence corridors”. They are crucial areas for the survival and spread of species such the Marsican brown bear, the Apennine wolf, the red deer, the roe deer, the wild boar, the wild cat, the Griffon vulture, the Golden eagle and many others.

Some of the most iconic wildlife species of the Central Apennines. From the left to the right: Marsican brown bear, red deer and wild boars, wild cat, Griffon vulture. Ph. Bruno D’Amicis.

 

 

 

 

 

Here it will be possible to participate at the wild fauna monitoring with sunrise or sunset observations, or through the usage of camera traps accompanied by a short training course; to contribute to environmental restoration by removing small illegal dumps, or barbed wire abandoned in the mountains since decades that today constitutes a detractor for landscape and animal movements (humans included); to improve habitat quality by pruning the abandoned fruit orchards that are far from the towns, in order to increase the food availability for the bear and other species; to install electric fences and bear-proof metal doors as prevention tools of bear’s damage to small farms in the name of conflicts mitigation; to meet closely the human protagonists of the ecological corridors and know their coexistence stories: residents, small entrepreneurs, students and volunteers; to explore the Apennine landscapes with all the senses and to know spectacular places of natural and cultural-historical interests in order to bring back an unforgettable postcard of this experience!

The wildlife monitoring can be direct, with the usage of optics, and indirect, with the regular installation and check of camera traps. Ph. Bruno D’Amicis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every season is characterized by different activities and priorities that are included in the Rewilding Weeks.

Here you can deepen the details of the places through a virtual journey amongst the coexistence corridors and their peculiarities.


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The program details and appointments

Starting from July 2021, the Rewilding Weeks will be carried out once a month, for 5 days and 5 nights, together with the team of Rewilding Apennines.

Each experience is built in order to go with the work of the Field Officer, who daily works on the ground to the conservation and coexistence projects. The succession of the seasons, the changing elements of the landscape, the alternation of human activities linked to nature determine the priorities and programs in the field, which in turn will be reflected in the initiatives shared during the Rewilding Weeks. Therefore, flexibility and adaptability to different situations are requisites required to the participants.

 

The Field Officer of Rewilding Apennines works daily in the field. In the coexistence corridors it is important to check specific places where the passage of the Marsican brown bear is possible. The animal can leave its signs of presence, like tufts of hair kept by the barbed wire. Ph. Bruno D’Amicis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • If you are passionate of nature…

The cost of experience varies from 600 € to 800 € according to the season, and includes food, internal transports, accommodation in affiliated facilities and an amount (25%) allocated to the Bear Fund, which is the Conservation Fund for the Marsican Brown Bear that Rewilding Apennines uses to work on the ground to favor the best practices of man-bear coexistence.

This is the calendar of the Rewilding Weeks for 2021:

  • 18-23 July
  • 22-27 August
  • 19-25 September
  • 17-22 October
  • 14-19 November
  • 26-31 December, with a special edition!

The maximum number of participants for each experience is 6, in order to guarantee the best care of the guests, to optimize the movements in the rewilding area and to keep the ecological footprint low.

The team is available even to design and organize personalized experiences for small groups with specific requests.

 

  • If you are an enterprise that looks at rewilding…

It is possible to plan together a shared path of improvement of the enterprise offer, of professional training and development of products and/or experiences connected to the rewilding initiatives in the coexistence corridors in Central Apennines!

 

If you are a rewilding supporter, if you want to have a practical experience that concretely contributes to the Rewilding Apennines initiatives in Central Apennines, please contact the Enterprise Officer Valerio Reale to have more information: valerio.reale@rewilding-apennines.com

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