The photo story on last Mediterranean Forests has been created in occasion of International Year of Forests 2011 and is a working in progress project always increasing with new images. The Mediterranean Forests present an extraordinary biodiversity of uniquely adapted animal and plant species. Regional and local endemism are common in Mediterranean Forests, some species feature a highly restricted distribution, and as a consequence they are extremely fragile and sensitive to the habitat loss and fragmentation... ... read more
In our photo-story a special place is reserved to the Apennine Brown Bear, an iconic species of Mediterranean fauna, researcher and conservation organization are involved in the hard challenge to rescue this wonderful animal form extinction. Another natural symbol of the Mediterranean is the olive tree. Its presence in the territory has been strictly linked with the human story since the very beginning. Endemic species of the Mediterranean forests also includes: The rare Barbarian Deer (Cervus elaphus barbaricus), the elusive Italian Wolf (Canis lupis italicus), the small Northern Spectacled Salamander (Salamandrina perspicillata), the fragile Lady's-slipper Orchid (Cypripedium calceolus) and many others.