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  • Riserve Naturali Senesi :
    • Regions: Toscana
    • Provinces: Siena
  • Managed protected areas
    • ZSC Castelvecchio
    • ZSC Foreste del Siele e del Pigelleto di Piancastagnaio
    • ZSC Montagnola Senese
    • ZSC Monte Cetona
    • ZSC Ripa d'Orcia
    • ZSC e ZPS Crete dell'Orcia e del Formone
    • ZSC e ZPS Crete di Camposodo e Crete di Leonina
    • ZSC e ZPS Lago di Chiusi
    • ZSC e ZPS Lago di Montepulciano
    • ZSC e ZPS Lucciolabella
    • ZSC e ZPS Monte Oliveto Maggiore e Crete di Asciano

 

 

The System of Senesi Nature Reserves

In 1996, Siena Provincial Administration established 11 Nature Reserves covering about 8 thousand hectares of territory with a high environmental, naturalistic, historical, and cultural value, whose different protected environments house rare animal and vegetable species of great scientific and conservation interest.
The Reserves were formally established by Siena Provincial Council (resolutions no. 38 of 21.03.1996 and no. 127 of 17.07.1996), according to art. 15 of L.R. 49/95 "Norme sui parchi, le riserve naturali e le aree naturali protette di interesse locale" (Rules regarding the parks, nature reserves, and protected areas of local interest).
The 11 Nature Reserves form a System of Protected Areas whose aim is to ensure and promote, in a coordinated manner, the conservation and enhancement of the environment, the landscape, the historical-cultural and naturalistic heritage.
4 Reserves, Basso Merse, Farma, La Pietra and Cornate e Fosini, extend also in the territory of the Province of Grosseto.
The management aims at the conservation of the ecosystems, the promotion of compatible production activities and spare time activities, the development of scientific and research activities, and the promotion of the coordinated information and environmental education activities.
Size and shape of the Reserves depend on the features and distribution of the resources to safeguard; the areas vary from a minimum of 240 ha (S. Agnese Wood Nature Reserve) to a maximum of 2000 ha (Upper Merse Nature Reserve).

Management (Italian text)

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