Biodiversity conservation in Sacred sites: a multitaxon approach
Sacred sites represent a cultural landscape that has recently attracted a lot of attention due to its potential for biodiversity conservation. However, gaps in Italy remain in the knowledge of their potential in terms of biodiversity conservation. In particular, there are virtually absent studies simultaneously analyzing the biodiversity patterns of different groups of organisms, reducing the possibility of assessing the effects of environmental and management factors on different components of biodiversity. This project aims at examining a representative sample of Italian sacred sites, evaluating their potential for biodiversity conservation, based on a multi-taxon approach involving plants, bryophytes and lichens.
The project will be structured into four phases: 1) definition of sample design, 2) data collection and specimens, 3) identification of material, 4) data analysis and scientific report preparation.
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