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Polyxena
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Agriculture
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Italy
Abstract
Polyxena is a non‐profit organization promoting safeguards, conservation and scientific research on butterflies and other insects trough environmental education.
Description
A.P.S. Polyxena started its activities in 2008 in Conversano (Bari – South Italy) as a non‐profit organization promoting safeguards, conservation and scientific research on butterflies and other insects trough environmental education.
In 2009, the former group (Enrico Altini, Daniela Clemente and Alessio Vovlas) created a Butterfly House with only native butterflies inside, thanks to "Principi attivi" contribution, an Apulian Region Government financial grant. Into the structure, a typical environment of “gariga” and “macchia mediterranea” was re-built, in order to reconstruct an ideal habitat for the butterflies. The butterfly house is both a popular destination for school and eco-tourist trips, where the visitors can observe all the life cycle of butterflies, and an “open‐air laboratory” for academic scientific research, eventually useful for future re‐introduction policies.
Since 2010 Polyxena has been a member of the Butterfly Conservation Network, the European network for the protection of butterflies founded by the BBC documentary filmmaker David Attenborough.
In 2011 Polyxena started the citizen science project "On the wings of knowledge", which consists in a public monitoring programme of the numerous species of butterflies present in the “Laghi di Conversano e Gravina di Monsignore” Natural Reserve, a regional protected area in Apulia. This project is still carried out with the active involvement of students, city dwellers and visitors.
In 2013 a new 300 m2 Butterfly House, with a greater number of butterfly species, will be realised in Monopoli with the cooperative society "Farfalia".
Contact
Enrico Altini
enricoaltini@yahoo.it
+393392784753
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