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The 5-year project, which runs from October 2022 to September 2027, is financed by the European LIFE fund. The leading partner of the project is WWF Italy, and 7 Italian and 2 Slovenian partners participate in the project (in addition to the KPSS, the KP Ljubljansko barje).
The project is aimed at the conservation and repopulation of the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) by implementing activities aimed at improving the natural habitats of the European pond turtle and by removing invasive non-native species from nature and raising public awareness.

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Meeting of Emys Centres

On 12 and 13 April, the first of a series of training and discussion events about the conservation of Emys orbicularis in Liguria (Italy) took place in Genoa and Albenga (SV), as part of the LIFE URCA PROEMYS project, co-funded by the European Union.

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The first European Pond Turtles (Emys orbicularis) with microchips

From Wednesday, March 22nd, to Friday, March 24th, 2023, we conducted the first regular monitoring of the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) and the invasive red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta) in the area of the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park (KPSS) as part of the LIFE UrCA PROEMYS project. During the three days of trapping at eight locations, 27 European pond turtles were caught, and no red-eared sliders were found. Invasive red-eared sliders must be removed from the environment.

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New audio guides in the MMC visitor centre on Lera

As the presentation boards in the Lerá Visitor Centre present the content in only three language versions (SLO, ITL, ANG) and as it is impossible to present the content in new language versions, we have decided to add audio presentations of the content in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.

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Project LIFE URCA PROEMYS in Florence

Thursday, February 16, and Friday, February 17 were important days for the LIFE URCA PROEMYS project. On Thursday, the first visit of the project supervisor took place at the University of Florence, which was attended by all partners.

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World Wetlands Day 2014: Wetlands and agriculture

February each year is World Wetlands Day, the Convention's annual campaign day.
2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming – so the Ramsar Convention chose Wetlands & Agriculture as the World Wetlands Day theme for 2014. And what a great theme for Ramsar, given that wetlands are so often intimately linked with agriculture. Our slogan? Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth, placing a focus on the need for the wetland and agricultural sectors (and the water sector too of course) to work together for the best shared outcomes.

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