LEG13 In defense of the Sicilian Nature
Work: On the highest peaks of Sicily, facing the blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea in defence of the Sicilian Nature. Description PROJECT: Typically naturalistic, the workcamp will be dedicated to the trails, and the protection of fauna and flora. Volunteers will learn about the wonderful biodiversity of the Madonie, among the most prosperous in the world. WORK: the volunteers will work at 1700 meters of altitudes. The realization of the paths includes long walks and positioning of signage, also for blind people. They will also do fire monitoring in the Park. STUDY PART: Biodiversity of the Madonie Park, sustainable tourism and ancient traditions of Sicily, Mediterranean genesis and geology, climate change.
Accommodation and food: the volunteers will be hosted in Rifugio Il Grifone, a mountain refugee inside the Park, at 1500 meters above sea level. Volunteers will prepare meals with local food.
Location and leisure: the Regional Park of Madonie, extended for 794 kmq in the north-centre of Sicily, includes the highest and most ancient mountains in the region. The workcamp will take place in Piano Battaglia that is the second highest Sicilian peak (1600 mt), after Etna Vulcan. It is situated in a wonderful natural frame: a wide karstic area in the heart of the Madonie mountains surrounded by an ancient beech forest. In the free time, the volunteers will explore the Park – also through sport activities – and the villages at its feet, with their traditions and community life.
Project hosted by: the local group “Francesco Lojacono” was born in 2007 in Palermo with the aim of safeguarding and promoting areas with natural and cultural value through awareness campaigns such as “Salvalarte” (save the art) and Solidarity and Environment, for the fruition of natural areas by disadvantaged people.
Requirements: good will and attitude to live in mountains environment. Volunteers need to be able to ride bike. TERMINAL: Airport Palermo Punta Raisi; Railway station Campofelice di Roccella. LANGUAGE: English