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Border ecosystems

Redevelopment of the Ticino River Basin. One river, many systems, one landscape

A cross-border alliance to protect a natural heritage at risk

The over-exploitation of the Ticino’s territory has fragmented habitats and compromised the health of ecosystems. Our project aims to create a real ecological corridor between Italy and Switzerland, to protect biodiversity and promote resilience to climate change. 

The Ticino basin, a border territory between Italy and Switzerland, is one of the most important natural areas in Europe. The basin is home to rich biodiversity and is a fundamental resource for tackling the negative effects of climate change. For centuries, this area has played an essential role in terms of economic opportunities. Even though the river environment is still well preserved in large areas, intensive agriculture and livestock farming, industrialization and urbanization have caused serious habitat fragmentation and the disappearance of 95% of the moors. Not only: the Ticino River is the only ecological corridor that connects the Alps and the Apennines. If it were to be made fully functional, it could guarantee the movement of numerous species, like the otter, and the recolonization of new areas. The otter, which has almost disappeared from Italian rivers and lakes, has recently been spotted near the mouth of the Ticino river and could return to swim in its waters. Dams, barriers, concrete river stretches and the disappearance of wetlands are just some of the issues this area is facing. Indeed, the consequences for local biodiversity and mankind’s life-quality are very clear. 
This is why we want to create a terrestrial and aquatic corridor between the Alps, the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea, which will allow the habitats of the river basin between Switzerland and Italy to be redeveloped. We are already working with an Italian-Swiss alliance involving institutions, universities, protected areas and environmental associations. Together, we are studying the most concrete and effective measures to protect fragile ecosystems and endangered species. We also encourage sustainable behaviour because all of us can (and must) take care of the territory in which we live and the environment on which we depend. 


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