Walk in the site “Lakes of Monticchio”, an initiative in the “Candidatura della Zona speciale di conservazione (Zsc)” del Monte Vulture to the ‘Man and Biosphere’  UNESCO Program.

On Saturday 27th June 2020, an initiative organized by the Technical Group that is working to propose the Vulture as a UNESCO Biodiversity Reserve was held in Monticchio.

The UNESCO Chair of the University of Basilicata, through the Chair Holder Angela Colonna, who is a member of the Technical Group, contributes to the realization of the candidacy process.

As the first initiative after the lockdown for the Coronavirus, the Technical Group met in Monticchio, for a cognitive visit of the lakes site, from the naturalistic-environmental, geomorphological, archaeological, anthropological and cultural points of view.

The walk was guided along one of the most famous paths of the Vulture Park, marked by the Cai and maintained by the Park Authority, on whose route fall the archaeological complex of Sant’Ippolito, the Lakes of Monticchio and the Abbey of San Michele, which also houses in one wing the Museum of Natural History of Vulture.

Participating in the excursion were the members of the Technical Group, the Regional Councillor for the Environment, Gianni Rosa, the Mayor of Atella, Gerardo Petruzzelli, and the Councillor for Public Works, Tourism and Environment, Pasquale Dintrono, the Councillor for Public Works and Tourism of Rionero in Vulture, Antonio Schiro’, professors, scholarship holders and PhD students of the University of Basilicata, representatives of Ceas – la Tenda del Bivacco and Ceas Vulture, CAI regional and section of Melfi, FAI volunteers of Vulture, Proloco of Monticchio and Rionero in Vulture, B&B Association of Melfi.

The Technical Working Group, which took office in January 2020, with the coordination of the agri-food entrepreneur and journalist Paola Saraceno, is composed of experts in various disciplines, with the presence not only of the UNESCO Chair, but also of other professors from the University of Basilicata.

The day at the Lakes of Monticchio was a fruitful opportunity to get to know each other in the field, to meet experts and to talk to representatives of local government institutions and associations involved in the area. The contact with nature, the beauty of the places, the solicitations deriving also from the tasting of local products, enriched the cognitive exchange with an all-round experience, in an atmosphere of serenity and mutual availability.