Sanpellegrino and biodiversity, new initiatives for pollinating insects

At the center of the initiative is the reserve in Mugello where Acqua Panna flows

Protect and restore biodiversity and promote the sustainable use of ecosystems is one of the 17 objectives that make up the heart of2030 Agenda for UN Sustainable Development. A commitment that Sanpellegrino, a company in the mineral water and non-alcoholic drinks sector, has been pursuing for years within the Acqua Panna reserve, in Scarperia, in Mugello, to protect the territory where the homonymous mineral water flows. To enhance the natural capital of this area of ​​great naturalistic value, on the occasion of theInternational Day of Biological Diversitythe Group presents an important new piece of the project ‘The source of Acqua Panna biodiversity‘, designed to safeguard pollinating insects, a fundamental resource of our ecosystem.

The initiative was born from the collaboration started in 2020 between Sanpellegrino and Federparchi, to share and systematize common experiences while preserving biodiversity in this 1,300-hectare estate, formerly used as a hunting reserve by the Medici family and remained uncontaminated over the last five centuries. . The project ‘The source of the biodiversity of Acqua Panna’, which started two years ago with the census and the monitoring of the flora and fauna present in the area, has made it possible to identify a series of actions to be implemented to protect further the reserve and strengthen its ecosystem.

The first step is improve the living conditions of pollinating insects such as, for example, bees and diurnal butterflies, whose survival is seriously endangered by climate change, the use of pesticides and intensive agriculture. “We are excited to enhance the project developed with Federparchi to protect the biodiversity of the territory that gives rise to Acqua Panna, a symbol of Made in Italy on tables all over the world” he declares Stefano Marini, CEO of the Sanpellegrino group.

“After a first phase of census and monitoring of local ecosystems, we have chosen to develop an articulated series of initiatives to safeguard pollinators, aware of the threats to which these insects are constantly subjected, which play a fundamental role in contributing to the continuous regeneration of plants. This will be the first of a series of actions that we have thought of to further enhance our reserve. We are in fact convinced that everyone must do their part, to maintain biodiversity and promote the conservation of nature, because our planet is our home and our legacy for future generations ”concludes the CEO.

Wild pollinators also ensure the survival of people, pollinating more than 85% of wild plants and over 70% of agricultural crops in Italy, for an estimated value of about 2 billion euros a year. The project put in place by Sanpellegrino and Federparchi will therefore make it possible to contribute to the environmental needs of these insects, present in nature only where they find the right conditions to nest and feed their progeny.

Gods will be made for the hymenoptera bee-hotel, structures built with wood, pine cones, bamboo canes, bark and perforated woods that act as shelters to increase their presence; sandy and bare soil microhabitats will also be created to encourage their reproduction. Plant cultivation in the open field will be increased to feed the hymenoptera, hoverflies and diurnal butterflies, with the creation of hedges and rows of vegetables and fresh water microhabitats to favor the availability of water.