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Exhibition on Biodiversity and ATBI+M
Friday October 15th 2010 05:30:34 PM

The Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali of Turin is pleased to inform you that an exhibition on biodiversity “A different future - Saving biodiversity to save the Planet” will be inaugurated on Friday October 22nd at 6 pm. The exhibition (23 october 2010-12 June 2011) is one of the initiatives promoted for the International Year of Biodiversity, and its main objective is to draw the attention on the state of the Planet and the importance of natural and cultural biodiversity for its survival. A section of the exhibition will be dedicated to the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory + Monitoring Mercantour-Alpi Marittime and will include 60 marvellous images taken by two nature photographers: the photos illustrate the astonishing variety in landscapes, the animal and plant richness, and the fascinating techniques used for the research carried out in the different environments which characterize the territory (woods, high altitude prairies, wetlands, and caves).
Bryo-blitz in August
Thursday August 26th 2010 05:11:04 PM

From July 28 to August 2 2010 dr. Arne Saatkamp (Institut Méditerranéen d'Écologie et de Paléoécologie, Marseille, France) together with Jan Peter Frahm (Universität Bonn, Germany), Marc Philippe (Université Lyon, France), Michael Lüth, Sebastien Delhaye (Office national des forets, Mézel), Benjamin Laenen e Aurélie Désamoré (Université of Liège, Belgium), Luca Miserere, Michele Aleffi and Roberta Tacchi (Università degli Studi di Camerino, Italy), Cédric Dentant (Parc National des Ecrins, France), Benoit Offerhaus (Office national des forets, Nice, France), explored parts of the Mercantour-Marittime territory searching for bryophytes (photos - link). The 12 taxonomists visited the Vallée de Valmasque, Vallée de Fontanalba, Plateau de la Céva and the Foret de Cairos. Aleffi, Tacchi and Miserere spent most of the days in the Alpi Marittime Natural Park focusing on wetlands. Some very interesting discoveries were made during the research, such as Orthotrichum rogeri, Hamatocaulis vernicosus and Buxbaumia viridis (both protected species under the Habitat Directive 92/43/CEE), and thanks to the taxonomist's work many more are yet to come! See images in the photogallery.
Exhibition at the MNHN in Paris: Inventaires sans frontiers
Tuesday July 27th 2010 11:05:18 AM

The first photogallery on ATBI research activities now at the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle in Paris (Jardin des Plantes). The exhibition, called "Inventaires sans frontières", also includes images on the inventory projects in Madagascar, Mozambique and Jardin des Plantes. Click here for more information. On the opening day June 28th Albert II, Prince of Monaco, was present together with other distiguished guests among whom were the parks’ directors Patrizia Rossi (Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime) and Alain Brandeis (Parc National du Mercantour) (right side).
Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime: equipment for taxonomists and educational activities
Friday March 19th 2010 04:58:11 PM

The Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime is now putting together a high quality equipment for laboratory and fieldwork analysis useful for didactic activities and for taxonomists. Whoever is interested in having more information is kindly asked to contact the project coordinator (contacts).
Il Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime sta costituendo una dotazione di attrezzature da laboratorio e da lavoro su campo di alta qualità utile allo svolgimento di attività didattiche e di ricerca per i tassonomi. Chi fosse interessato ad aver maggiori informazioni è invitato a fare richiesta al coordinatore di progetto (contacts).
Le Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime est en train de s’équiper en instruments de laboratoire et de travail d’haute qualité sur le terrain utiles pour le déroulement des activités de recherche des taxonomistes et des activités d’enseignement. Ceux qui sont intéressés à avoir de plus amples informations peuvent s’adresser au coordinateur de projet (contacts).
IYB 2010 Calendar online!
Tuesday March 16th 2010 01:08:02 PM

Click here to view the Biodiversity Year Schedule of Events 2010.
EDIT ATBI+M Newsletter 03
Wednesday August 04th 2010 11:11:45 AM

Click here to open the Newsletter 03. For pervious editions click here.
Good news from the Parks: Alcotra 2007-2013 Interreg approved
Tuesday March 09th 2010 10:24:19 AM

2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, is being inaugurated with an important event for the history of cooperation between the Parc National du Mercantour and the Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime thanks to the approval of the “Plan intégré transfrontalier/Piano Integrato Transfrontaliero (PIT)” (Integrated Transboundary action Plan) financially supported within the framework of the “Alcotra 2007-2013” program. The Plan is mainly focused on improving the efficiency and quality in the cooperation along the French-Italian border with the aim of creating long-lasting networks among different subjects and ameliorating dialogue strategies through social, economical, environmental and cultural cooperation. Part of this large Plan concerns the “Inventaire Biologique Generalise/Inventario Biologico Generalizzato” (Generalised Biological Inventory) which will integrate and widen the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory + Monitoring started by EDIT in 2006, and will benefit from the collaboration of the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris (MNHN) and the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali in Turin (MRSN). The IBG will continue all activities aimed at improving our knowledge on animal and vegetal diversity in the Marittime/Mercantour territory. It will represent an important source of information for all actions concerning land use and management, from agro-pastoral activities to a “Transboundary Ecological Network”, to the evaluation of the actions planned for a Protected Area. Moreover, it will be possible to give indications and technical support during the planning phase and for the development of mobility systems for touristic purposes along the transboundary territory, with the aim of assuring environmental sustainability. The financial support for the IBG will last for 2 years, and throughout this time several education and divulgation activities will be promoted together with scientific research activities, aimed at specialised public as well as the wider public. It may thus appear even more relevant the collaboration with the two scientific museums. For more information: Alcotra 2007-2013
Con l’inizio del 2010, Anno Internazionale della Biodiversità, si celebra un importante momento nella storia di cooperazione tra il Parc National du Mercantour ed il Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime grazie all’approvazione di un Piano Integrato Transfrontaliero (PIT) finanziato nell’ambito del programma “Alcotra 2007-2013”. Tale Piano riguarda la cooperazione lungo il confine tra Francia e Italia ed ha come principale obiettivo quello “di ottenere un maggior livello di efficacia degli interventi e di aumentare l’intensità e la qualità della cooperazione attraverso l’allargamento del dialogo e la creazione di reti stabili tra soggetti diversi”, attraverso la cooperazione in ambito sociale, economico, ambientale e culturale. Parte di questo ampio programma di cooperazione riguarda l’Inventario Biologico Generalizzato che andrà ad ampliare e ad integrarsi con l’All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory + Monitoring, e si avvarrà della collaborazione del Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle di Parigi (MNHN) e del Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino (MRSN). L’inventario Biologico Generalizzato, grazie ad un finanziamento di due anni proseguirà, attraverso la collaborazione con EDIT, le attività di ricerca sul territorio dei due parchi, affiancando numerose iniziative di educazione e divulgazione mirate sia ad un pubblico ampio sia specializzato soprattutto in virtù della collaborazione dei musei scientifici di Parigi e Torino. Per maggiori informazioni: Alcotra 2007-2013
Le début de l’année 2010, Année Internationale de la Biodiversité, est marqué par la célébration d’un évènement important dans l’histoire de la coopération entre le Parc National du Mercantour et le Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime grâce à l’approbation d’un Plan Intégré Transfrontalier (PIT) financé dans le cadre du programme « Alcotra 2007-2013 ». Ce programme concerne la coopération le long de la frontière entre France et Italie et a comme objectif principal « d’améliorer l’efficacité des interventions et d’augmenter l’intensité et la qualité de la coopération par l’élargissement du dialogue et la création de réseaux stables entre les divers acteurs », à travers la coopération dans le domaine social, économique, environnementale et culturel. Une partie de ce vaste programme de coopération concerne l’Inventaire Biologique Généralisé lequel ira s’amplifier et s’intégrer avec l’All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory + Monitoring, et s’appuiera sur la collaboration du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris (MNHN) et du Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali de Turin (MRSN). L’Inventaire Biologique Généralisé, grâce à un financement de deux années, poursuivra, à travers la collaboration avec EDIT, les activités de recherche sur le territoire des deux parcs, en servant de support à de nombreuses initiatives d’éducation et d’information destinées aussi bien à un public plus ample qu’à un public spécialisé surtout grâce à la collaboration des musés scientifiques de Paris et Turin. Pour plus d'informations: Alcotra 2007-2013
Warning ! Valmasque road out of service!
Tuesday July 01st 2008 05:16:41 PM

Please notice that Valmasque road is now out of service (little mudslide) From now, you can't drive this road, but you can reach the site by foot without any problem (30 minutes from the parking) and so continue to inventory this site.
Important note from the Alpi Marittime park management for researchers
Thursday May 08th 2008 06:24:36 PM

The Alpi Marittime park management has added some important notes for researchers on where to go on their first arrival in the field here.
Financial guidelines April 2008
Tuesday April 15th 2008 04:18:34 PM

We have prepared the new financial guidelines and the corresponding reimbursement form for participation in ATBI activities in Mercantour/Alpi Marittime during 2008. They can be downloaded at downloads.
The EDIT Summer School 2010
Friday March 05th 2010 02:49:03 PM

The EDIT Summer School 2010 in taxonomy and field methods will take place in Madeira, Portugal. Visit the website and learn more about the courses and aims of the Summer School and find subscription forms.
Detailed maps of french focal sites
Monday April 28th 2008 01:30:15 PM

Today we have added detailed (large files!) maps of the French focal sites to each of the focal site descriptions here.
Guidelines for participation
Monday April 28th 2008 01:30:27 PM

Guidelines for individual participation have been uploaded. In the section Info for scientists you can find now information on the Terms of Reference, the kind of biodiversity data that is needed for sustainable biodiversity inventories, and guidelines for financial reimbursements from the European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy. Under 'downloads' all relevant documents can be downloaded.
Italian focal sites & places to stay
Monday April 28th 2008 01:30:42 PM

A complete list of ATBI focal sites has been added, including descriptions and photographs. "ATBI focal sites" are those sites within the natural parks that are of most relevance to the park management and supposedly most interesting in terms of the occurring biodiversity. As information for scientists who plan to visit the Alpi Marittime park, a list of places to stay has been added.
Monday April 28th 2008 01:30:53 PM

The photogalleries will be updated regularly with photographs made during the biodiversity inventories of the parks. Go here to have a look at the images. Everybody can contribute by sending images per email to the administrator.
First species list online
Monday April 28th 2008 01:31:10 PM

The first list of species is made available: go here. This list now consists of data provided by butterfly specialists and will grow rapidly with the contributions from all other scientists that have been active in the natural parks. This feature will be expanded with distribution maps, photographic information, and much more.
New website launched
Thursday October 11th 2007 06:53:51 PM

As of September 2007, the new website on All Taxa Biodiversity Inventories in the Mercantour and Alpi Marittime Natural Parks is up and running. This website will contain general information on the activities in the two parks, will provide information for scientists, and an overview of the results.
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