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Sites targeted by the project

 

Piana di Pioraco
570.00 ha

This site is located in the valley of Potenza river upstream of the town of Pioraco. Here, in the past stretched a vast lake, quenched during the sixteen century. The area is characterized by the presence of traces of marsh and riparian vegetation, with a rare flora composed by phanerogams and cryptogams. The area is quite vulnerable, due to its position at the valley bottom, where civil and industrial sites occur. However, a previous hydrological study has indicated that here the Potenza river shows a stable discharge that is an important characteristic for suitable habitat for salmonids. Moreover, besides S. macrostigma, other fish species listed in annex II of “habitat directive” are present: Lethenteron zanandreai, Cottus gobio and Rutilus rubilio.

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Serre del Burano
3.631.000 ha

Little sandstone mountain chain, long and narrow, covered by acidophil woods. The only site in Marche Region where it is possible found moors of Calluna vulgaris. The areas is crossed by two rivers and three majors streams; the River Biscubio cross the site in the north, the stream Certano cross the site in the middle and the river Burano cross the site in the south; the wild stream Furlani, is tributary on the right bank of the river Certano, the stream Balbano, in the site is characterized by a uniform coved by woods and is a left tributary of the river Burano.

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Valle dell’Ambro
2,346.00 ha

Typical fluvial Valley of limestone origin, embedded between two mountains: Pizzo Tre Vescovi (2091 m.a.s.l.) and Monte Priora (2332 m.a.s.l.). The River Ambro is a tributary of the River Tenna, its drainage network is poorly developed in the upper part of the valley, initially is N-S oriented, but then it points in a E-W direction. The river flows initially through a narrow valley with walls that are several hundred feet high. The waters are captured modestly for hydroeletric purposes. Previously studies have revealed a good quality of water from a biological and biochemical point of view. The fish fauna is represented only by the Mediterranean trout.

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Gole della Valnerina – Monte Fema
3,269.340 ha

The general interest of the site is linked to the unique rocky landscape of gorges, on the sides of which are located numerous plant species of great phytogeographical value. More specifically, considerable importance is also due to the presence reported in the past of the bullhead (Cottus gobio) in the final stretch of the Rio Ditch and in the Nera River . The bullhead is a species of Community interest (Annex II of the Habitats Directive) which has in this part of the Nera River one of the southernmost stations of its distribution area.

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Monte Bove
2,019.00 ha

This area is characterized by the mountainous plateau of the central part of the Sibillini Mountains, with summits of Monte Bove Nord (2112 m.a.s.l.), Monte Bove Sud (2069 m.a.s.l.) and Monte Bicco (2052 m.a.s.l.). The Ussita stream, a left tributary of the river Nera (the most important tributary of the Tiber river), rises in this area. The analysis of historical hydrometric data clearly evidences that the Ussita stream is dominantly supplied by groundwater from aquifers which have a very stable discharge. Nowadays, its springs are widely used for domestic and hydroelectric pourposes, and there are several hydraulic structures in its bed. However, ecological surveys have evidenced a potentially good biological quality of water.

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Val di Fibbia – Valle dell’Acquasanta
3,106.00 ha

At the north-east of the Sibillini mountains. The area include the following mountains: Rotondo (2102 m above sea level), Pietralata (1848 m.a.s.l.), Cacamillo (1776 m.a.s.l.) and Val di Fibbia (1577 m.a.s.l.). The groundwater circulation and the location of the most important springs are conditioned by geological-structural setting of the area: the calcareous and calcareous-marly outcrop layers make up some hydrogeological complexes. They house some aquifers and springs with considerable discharges, thanks to high permeability by fracturing. The hydrographic network is formed by the Fiastrone river (Chienti River basin) and its two tributaries, Fosso dell'acquasanta and Rio Sacro. Here, several hydraulic structures are present, however, previously ecological surveys have evidenced a potentially good biological quality of water, mainly in the uppermost part where several taxa as Plecoptera and Ephemeroptera are present in abundance.

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Gola del Fiastrone
2,551.00 ha

The valley carved by the river Fiastrone is deep, sunken and wild, surrounded by almost inaccessible steep limestone cliffs. The valley extends from a minimum of 413 up to a height of 1170 meters above sea level. From the geomorphological point of view, it is interesting to note presence of rubble, debris, conoids, the shape of the layers and karst and fluvial erosion phenomena. Estimates of the minimum vital flow indicate a critical situation downstream of the dam. 

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Valle dell’Infernaccio – Monte Sibilla
3,212.00 ha

Valley located in the central sector of the Monti Sibillini, confined between the mountains Priora (m.a.s.l.) and Sibilla (2175 m.a.s.l.); the valley floor is embedded between sheer rock walls. The springs of the River Tenna are located in this area. In this first part, the stream runs through limestone bedrocks and it is characterized by uniformity of discharge, chemistry and temperature, indicating a deep circulation of water that flow up through fractured zones. Its springs are intercepted for domestic use. Previously studies have revealed a good quality of water from a biological and biochemical point of view.

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Monte Nerone – Gola di Gorgo a Cerbara
8,102.00 ha

The areas is characterized by a mountain calcareous system. The vegetation is mainly made by woods of Fagus sylvatica and Ostrya carpinifolia, and mesophil and xeorophil grassland. The areas is crossed by three rivers: Biscubio, Candigliano and Bosso and four majors streams: Abisso, Eremo, Presale and Vitoschio.

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Gola di Pioraco
735.00 ha

A typical canyon of the Apennine, carved in limestone rocks by the Scarzito river (a right tributary of the Potenza river). The vegetation is given by patches of oak, terebinth, phillyrea and other thermophilic species. A potential threat to the aquatic habitat is represented by a main road that run along the river and by the fact that this is an area of tourist interest. The hydrology of this area is typical of the calcareous units, characterized by a groundwater input that determine a stable river discharge.

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Monte Giuoco del Pallone – Monte Cafaggio
3,036.00 ha

Group of limestone mountains with rounded peaks and slight slopes, culminating in the peaks: Monte Giuoco del Pallone (1227 meters above sea level) and Monte Cafaggio (1116 m. a. s. l.). The springs of the Esino River are located in this area at 660 m. a. s. l. Previous hydrological studies have suggested that the basal flow is stable with a mean discharge of 6 m3/s. Twenty-five percent (1.5 m3/s) of this water flow is destined for civil use.

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Valle Rapegna e Monte Cardosa
2,240.00 ha

In this area, the mountain chain forms a branch of the Sibillini mountains with a south-east to northwest orientation, culminating with the Cardosa mountain (1618 m.a.s.l.). Rocks are mainly calcareous. The hydrographic network is formed by the Valle Rapegna stream and the Visso stream, two left tributary of the Nera river.

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Monte Pennino – Scurosa
2,595.00 ha

Orographic node of the central Apennine that reaches the highest elevation with the Monte Pennino (1571 m.a.s.l.) and from which branch off deep cuts valleys in different directions. The Potenza river rises in this area. The geological substrate is calcareous and it is characterized by several springs. The area is shows a certain degree of anthropization that is represented by grazing, presence of a secondary road and coppicing. However, the conservation status is recoverable.

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Monte Catria, Monte Acuto
8,481.00 ha

The areas is mainly characterized by a mountain calcareous system, and a limestone formation in the North West; The vegetation is made mainly of woods of Fagus sylvatica at the top, and at the rest of the area is made by Ostrya carpinifolia. In this area there are two river and five streams: River Burano in the North West, River Cesano in the South East, Gorga stream in the South, Formula and Bevano streams in the South West, Cinisco and Mandrale streams in the South East.

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