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In May 2016, after a series of national media attacks on the "danger" that the wolf would have posed for the inhabitants of the Val Taro, in the upper Northern Apennines, a group of inhabitants of the area has decided to respond actively, gathering in an association whose name is its declaration of intent: "I am not afraid of the wolf".
It organizes educational workshops reserved for its members, combining outdoor experiences and training activities, thanks to the participation of experts.
It organizes events dedicated to citizens, breeders and all stakeholders who may come into conflict with the wolf and other wild animals.
He shares the life experience of his associates, from the mountains to the cities, trying to promote respect for nature.
In a few years of activity the results obtained, the number of people from all over Italy brought to live the "hot" territories for the wolf, the days dedicated to showing techniques for the protection of pets, as well as the days spent on the tracks of the wolf and other wild animals were such that they were absolutely not predictable when the association was established, exceeding all expectations.
Born and raised in Milan, a computer scientist, he "escapes" from the city at the age of twenty-one to live in the mountains of agriculture and breeding by cultivating with organic and natural methods and raising for over ten years grazing cattle to produce raw milk cheeses.
He has actively dealt with the protection of the peasant world from overwhelming community regulations, for the recognition and maintenance of traditional production and self-production of native seeds and breeds.
Since 2010 he has lived in the Taro valley, in the Parma Apennines, where he produces vegetables and collects products from the undergrowth.
Always passionate and curious about nature, mountains and photography, very attentive to all environmental issues, in 2014 he began to take an in-depth interest in the wolf, attending various courses, studying as a self-taught, comparing himself with the main experts and scholars in Italy and with a lot of experience gained in the field.
In 2016 he founded the association and mainly deals with the various monitoring and research activities on wolves and other large mammals, to act as a guide for the various naturalistic activities organized and to share his experience to encourage the coexistence between fauna and human activities.
Borgo Val di Taro, Parma
He has collaborated in the creation of the Ghirardi Oasis since 1983 first as a volunteer for the LIPU and then professionally on behalf of WWF Italy, today he deals with environmental interpretation, creating didactic / informative installations for Parks and Museums and illustrations and infographics for publications with a character environmental.
Since 2006 he has returned to take care of the Ghirardis, as manager of the WWF Oasis and coordinator, since 2011, of the Regional Nature Reserve, a voluntary activity that supports the professional activity of illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, nature guide and environmental educator.
Borgo Val di Taro, Parma
In 2003 the passion for sheep and sheepdog led her to a change of life and moved to the mountains with her partner Roberto Mangia, where they started a breeding of sheep, goats and cows with the production of organic cheeses.
In 2004 he underwent three wolf predations and inserted Maremmano-Abruzzesi shepherds purchased from a farm in Abruzzo into the flock.
Thus was born a great passion for guard dogs and directly experiences prevention practices.
Since 2015 he has lived in the Ghirardi Regional Nature Reserve where he collaborates with the WWF in projects on the biodiversity of pasture.
It offers its experience of coexistence to those who request information and advice, and deals with the didactics related to the preparation of AIGAE guides, tourists and families for the meeting with the flock with guardian dogs.
Very close to the problems of breeders, she is convinced that a deep knowledge, a good prevention is the solution for a coexistence with the wild world.
Maria Chiara Valenti
Borgo Val di Taro
Growing up, her interest in nature and love for her territory led her to graduate in Natural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Parma, to then complete her studies with the Specialized Degree Course in Ecology and Conservation of Nature, always at the same university, carrying out the final internship in the Ghirardi Regional Nature Reserve.
Since 2018, the year in which he obtained the qualification as an Environmental Hiking Guide, he has been trying to pass on to others his passion for the natural environment and its inhabitants.
Particularly interested in the relationships that exist between humans and wild animals, she is attending an inter-university master in Management and Conservation of the Environment and Fauna.
some of our volunteers working in the field ...
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