Some 161 animals, 194 plants risk extinction in Italy

'We must safeguard our natural capital' says Federparchi

Some 161 animals, 194 plants risk extinction in Italy

Rome, May 17 - Some 161 animal species and 194 plant specimens risk extinction in Italy, according to a new study released Friday. The report was by the environment ministry and the National Federation of Parks (Federparchi) as part of a wider project championed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which draws up "red lists" of species in danger. Amongst those are various species of lake and river fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and sea fish, as well as flora, the environmental ministry said. "The geographic, climatic, and historical characteristics of Italy have permitted the instatement and permanence of a variegated and rich biodiversity over time," said Giampiero Sammuri, president of Federparchi. "We have the responsibility of monitoring and safeguarding this natural capital from the many threats it comes up against".

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