The official plea to start the submitting process has been sent to the Italian Department of the Environment, in order to provide all the necessary documents based on which the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme will ultimately decree its verdict.
The Tagliamento river is one of the very few, last surviving wild rivers in Europe. Its original course hasn't been modified by men, probably due to the fact that most of it flows through high mountains. It's the reason why so many species, that disappeared in nearby areas, still live in it and that's also why it constantly attracts scientists from all over the world.
It springs near the Mauria Pass, in the Friulian Dolomites (a mountain range already enlisted as a Unesco World Heritage site) at 1.1195m high and its initial part flows through the Carnia area, just north from Udine. It then descends between Pordenone and Udine and finally flows into the Adriatic Sea in the Gulf of Venice, near the seaside cities of Lignano Sabbiadoro and Bibione. There are many hiking or biking paths providing visitors with beautiful views of the Tagliamento's running waters and bathing too is allowed in certain points.
Unesco's MAB Progamme
The Man and the Biosphere Programme is an intergovernmental scientific programme that aims to establish a scientific basis for enhancing the relationship between people and their environments. It points to balance both human developments and ecosystems' safeguarding by promoting innovative, environmentally sustainable approaches.
The Biosphere Reserves are actually testing sites, where scientists can study the interaction between nature and human society, thus finding solutions for biodiversity's preservation. There are currently 701 sites in 124 countries all over the world, included into the Worl Network of Biosphere Reserves. 19 of them are in Italy and Friuli Venezia Giulia already counts two Biosphere Reserves: one in Miramare, in the Gulf of Trieste, which was established in 1979, and the other one in the Julian Alps, established in 2019.
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