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WILD ABRUZZO: The Spirit of Untamed Italy – A Thank You!

On Tuesday 18th October, the elusive marsican brown bear made its way to London for an evening of conservation and celebration. The European Nature Trust proudly hosted Wild Abruzzo: The Spirit of Untamed Italy to raise awareness of the world’s most threatened bear and the Abruzzo region – the jewel of wild Italy. We want to thank all those who came down to Ham Yard to journey to Wild Abruzzo with us. 

The event brought together the Italian community, business leaders, media guests and travel operators with conservationists, wildlife filmmakers and photographers to build awareness and ignite new connections with Abruzzo. With just 60 individual Marsican brown bears remaining, the challenge is now on to secure a future for this emblem of wild Italy. Collaboration across communities and sectors is essential to securing a future for the bear and its habitat; we hope many of you felt inspired to connect with wild Europe and support conservation.

Please see below for a selection of images from Wild Abruzzo; the full library of images from the event is available to download via this link. Feel free to download and share!!!

The journey starts here

We urge you to visit Abruzzo next spring/summer! As the rural landscape inevitably transitions from a land-use model dedicated to livestock rearing, to a ‘living landscape’ where the conservation and restoration of wild nature benefits local communities, there is huge potential to establish a thriving nature-based economy driven by ecotourism.

The European Nature Trust, through our partnership with Steppes Travel offers tailor-made journeys to Abruzzo, allowing curious and conscious travellers the opportunity to connect with Italian nature, look for bears while financially supporting their conservation.

The foundation: Salviamo l'Orso

Salviamo l’Orso, in collaboration with Rewilding Apennines, have been working since 2012 to secure a future for the Marsican brown bear by enabling the species to safely disperse beyond the core population area. They are leading the effort to safely encourage bears to disperse, to improve the quality and range of their habitat, reduce human-wildlife conflict, and promote sustainable nature-based entrepreneurship in the Abruzzo region. Working with local stakeholders, conservation leaders and other strategic partners, they are promoting the ecological restoration of critical 'corridor areas' to expand the range of the bear, while raising awareness of how to harmoniously live alongside bears.

100% of funds raised at the event were able to be donated to Salviamo l'Orso to support bear conservation.

The sponsor

Wild Abruzzo was sponsored by Ugo Foods Group Ltd. – the longest established fresh pasta Company in the UK. Through our partnership, Dell’Ugo and TENT are continuing to supporting Salviamo l’Orso in efforts to conserve the critically endangered Marsican brown bear.

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