Alta Murgia is a SCI and Special Protection Area (SPA), code IT9120007. The site includes the Italian “Alta Murgia” National Park (2004) and it is characterized by the presence of highly diverse unique ecosystems and also of endemic and threatened grassland species. However, over the years it has been exposed to a tremendously fast process of habitat fragmentation and contamination, due to combined pressures: the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) drove transformation of grassland pastures into agricultural areas by stone (rock) graining (clearance).
The LIFE20 PRE/IT/000007 project is funded at a percentage of 60% from the LIFE financial instrument “LIFE Preparatory project – Programme for the Environment and Climate Action» of the European Commission.
The GREEN FUND co-finances the NewLife4Drylands project for 2021 through financing the University of Crete – Natural History Museum of Crete and the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature partners with the total amount of €20,000.00.