The aim of the present paper is to illustrate the basic data and the methodological approach proposed for the implementation of Action 5 of the European Biodiversity Strategy in Italy. In particular, it focuses on a model for ecosystem mapping and characterisation at the country level that has been built with the interdisciplinary involvement of geobotanists, functional ecologists, forest scientists and zoologists. The first operational steps of the model are based on the cartographic integration between potential natural vegetation, biogeographic regions, and land cover maps. The final step entails characterising the mapped ecosystems in terms of Habitats Directive, local occurrence of threatened plant species and faunal components. The model is going to be tested in Italy, but should also be applied elsewhere in Mediterranean Europe, especially in those countries that have a comparable ecological complexity.
Ecological classification of land and ecosystem mapping. Towards the implementation of Action 5 of the European Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 in Italy / Capotorti, Giulia; Anzellotti, Ilaria; Attorre, Fabio; Copiz, Riccardo; Mollo, Barbara; Zavattero, Laura; Blasi, Carlo. - In: ANNALI DI BOTANICA. - ISSN 2239-3129. - STAMPA. - 4:(2014), pp. 9-17. [10.4462/annbotrm-11806]