COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Supporting RE-Wild Liguria ODV 's Activities to Restore Wilderness in Ligurian Apennine, and Monitor and Protect the Feral Horses Population in Aveto Regional Park (Italy)
- The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation Response to the CoViD-19 Emergency (Mother project)
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Implementation of Anti-COVID-19 Measures to Give Support to the Homeless Population and/or Socially Excluded People in Informal Settlements in Rome
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Support to Third Sector Organizations in Agrigento and Trapani, Sicily
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Distribution of 2000 Hot Meals to Needy and Homeless People in Rome (Italy)
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Support to the Palliative Care Team of the Breede River Hospice in the Western Cape, South Africa
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Improving the Hygienic-Sanitary Conditions of the Selam Palace Community in Rome
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Support to School Children and People in Need in Sicily (Siracusa, Noto, Modica Pozzallo, Scicli, Pachino)
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Support to 80 families living in situations of serious social and economic hardship; support to two social cooperatives in Naples, Campania
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Distribution of Food, Emergency Vouchers, Hygiene Kits and Awareness on Hygiene Rules to Prevent the Spread of Covid-19 and Improve Living Conditions of the most Vulnerable Households in Kabul, Afghanistan
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Distribution of Food, Protection Materials and Basic Commodities among Communities in Hingalganj, West Bengal, India
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Distribution of Food and Personal Hygiene and Sanitary Products to Elderly People and People with Disabilities and Rebibbia and Regina Coeli Detainees in Rome, Italy
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Support to “Fondazione Prelz Onlus” for the supply of food and the Provision of Medical-Veterinary Care for the Animals Hosted in the Kennel in Campagnano Romano, Rome
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - "No House is Far Away" initiative: Psychological and Educational Support to Students from the Ragazzi Don Bosco Village and Food Assistance for Families in Need (Rome, Italy)
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Distribution of Food and Primary Necessities to Children Living in the Informal Roma Camps of Tor Bella Monaca District and the Slums of Castel Romano, Tor Cervara and Salone in Rome.
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Supporting the Virgin Niña-EPDB Center in Favour of the Most Needy Families in the Community of El Alto, Bolivia
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Containing the Social and Sanitary Impact of Covid 19 among the Weakest Roma Communities
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Hay, Food Supply and Veterinary Care for Horses at Risk of Starvation
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Promoting Horses' Welfare during the Emergency: Food and Support for Three Stables in Need in Padua, Rome and Urbino (Italy)
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Supporting ACEEGi "All For Horses" campaign to ensure welfare of riding school horses and adequate supplies of fodder and feed (Girona, Spain)
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Support to the Compassion and Care Centre in Rome Dedicated to the Teachings of Dharma and the Preservation of Tibetan Culture
- COIVID 19 EMERGENCY - Supporting an Emergency Plan in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Supporting Preparedness and Response Actions against COVID19 Outbreak in South Sudan
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Supporting an Emergency Plan in the Wakiso District, Uganda
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Support to a Preparedness and Response Plan in Northern Uganda
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY – Supporting an Emergency Plan in the Chin State in Myanmar
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Supporting Activities for Epidemiological Surveillance and Contact Tracing in Enna, Catania and Palermo in Sicily, Italy
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Support to United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) in Niger
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Support for Summer Camps at Parco Natura Viva
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Supporting a Pilot Project Dedicated to the Creation of a Ligurian Ecosystem after the Pandemic and on the Occasion of the Decade Of Sea Sciences For Sustainable Development
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Support to a Project for Teachers: "Innovative Neurorganizing Methodology to Train Organizational Skills in Response to Changes in Educational Institutions"
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Support to People with Disabilities in Internally Displaced People Camps in South Sudan
- COVID 19 EMERGENCY - Support to "SolidAvis": Blood Donation as a Form of Solidarity and Integration during the Pandemic
Project location: ITALY, Liguria
Project start date: June 2020 - Project end date: June 2021
Project number: 2020-018
Beneficiary: R(ural) E(nviroment) - Wild Liguria Odv
The R(ural)E(nviroment)-Wild Liguria was born out of the ten-year experience of the "Un Cavallo per Amico Onlus" and is committed to safeguarding the wild horse population of the Aveto Park Valleys. Its origin dates back to 2009 when the Liguria Region promoted an agreement "for the control, capture, adoption, and eventual controlled release on the territory of the wild horses in Val Aveto, Graveglia, Sturla and Vara ". From then on, RE-Wild Liguria began its commitment to raise awarness on the need to protect the Aveto feral horses, victims of increasing levels of intolerance - even poaching - of the local population. The heart and soul of the association are two women: Paola Marinari, who is in charge of all advocacy and communication activities and Dr. Evelina Isola, naturalist and scientific explainer who takes care of all scientific aspects in collaboration with the University of Genoa, DISTAV.
Based on recognition of the biological and ethological value of the herds, as well as of their fundamental role in habitat equilibrium, RE-Wild Liguria not only runs promotional-tourist and wild-horsewatching activities but also promotes the study of the horse as a "wild" animal, still quite a neglected field of research. In 2014, the two cofounders of RE-Wild Liguria registered the brand "WILD HORSEWATCHING - The Wild Horses of Aveto ®".
The rewilding of wide areas, due to the depopulation of pastures and countryside, is affecting the Apennine and Alpine regions with the return of big predators, but also with animals actually living only in captivity and thought to be extinct in nature. Therefore, many “domestic” animals are now repopulating our mountains and villages. This is the case of Aveto feral horses. This population is the heritage of horses (about ten heads) working in the valleys more than twenty years ago. The release in the wild of these horses created a feral population of Equus caballus living without any direct influence from humans on their behavior, their reproduction and feeding habits.
Some conflict episodes with local human inhabitants and horses' private property invasion, is an additional reason for studying these herds, in order to protect animals, better mitigate future potential conflicts and find suitable and sustainable solutions.
While dedicated legislation on feral horses is still missing in Italy, it could be in fact necessary for herds' future management and their protection. Horses are currently included as farm animals in Italian laws establishing measures for breeding farms. However, they are not considered and protected as pets, nor as wild animals. In this scenario, it is necessary to recognize horses' welfare and feral-legal status, their role in habitats equilibrium, and biological value, also in a new scientific research perspective.
RE-Wild Liguria is working to restore wilderness in Ligurian Apennine, monitor the feral horses population in Aveto Regional Park and further promote its eco-touristic development.
The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation has awarded a grant to RE-Wild Liguria to implement monitoring and research activities with the overall goal of: understanding equine population dynamics in order to give indications to the veterinary authorities on any need to contain the population (numerical or spatial); understanding interactions and impact between horses and habitats; helping authorities to understand poaching or catches for clandestine slaughter; and developing new sustainable touristic models in depressed areas in the hinterland, increasing a new sensitivity towards wildlife and rewild one, and mitigate conflict situations through citizen science programs.