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Plant Sociology 51 (2) S1 2014

pag. 33-38: The 3rd Italian Report under art.17 of the Habitats Directive for plants: main outcomes with a focus

V. Giacanelli1, S. Ercole1 & G. Oriolo2

1Dip. Difesa della Natura, ISPRA Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, Via V. Brancati 60 I-00144 Roma, Italy.
2Via Roma, 50 I-34174 Monfalcone, GO, Italy.

doi: 10.7338/pls2014512S1/04 

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The Article 17 of the Habitats Directive (HD) requires that every six years Member States of the European Union report on implementation of the directive, including the assessment of the conservation status of the species and habitats of community interest recorded in the whole national territory. The 3rd Italian National Report (reporting period 2007-2012) was completed in 2013. A summary of data requested, assessment methodology and main outcomes for plant species is presented. The results show a negative status for half of the Italian plant taxa listed under HD. Critical conditions of species living in coastal areas, particularly vulnerable to human pressures, are confirmed, with unfavourable conservation status in 85% of cases. In addition for these species inadequate future prospects and decreasing trend can be expected. In this paper a survey of the status of the HD Adriatic coastal species (Stipa veneta Moraldo, Centaurea kartschiana Scop., Salicornia veneta Pignatti & Lausi, Kosteletzkya pentacarpos (L.) Ledeb.) is presented.


flora of community interest, conservation status, Directive 92/43/EEC