A meeting on "The secret world of lakes"

May 31st, Italy - A two-days meeting was held to discuss “The Secret World of Lakes” in the Parma Province, University Campus of Parma and at the Lagoni Refuge, Corniglio, an area of beautiful morainic lakes.

The meeting was a great opportunity to strengthen relationships between the University of Parma and the University of New York State, as it counted with the participation of the students of Paul Smith's College (state of New York, USA), who were visiting the territory for an international exchange between parks (Adirondack Park and Tosco-Emiliano Apennine National Park) and MaB UNESCO Biosphere Reserves (Champlain - Adirondack and Tosco-Emiliano Apennine). Furthermore, staff of the National Park, representatives of the University of Parma and guests from South Africa, always within the framework of an exchange between UNESCO biosphere reserves (Cape West Coast) attended the meeting.

Presentation of the book

Presentation of the book "Still Water" by Curt Stager - Photo by Emilia-Romagna Region

Friday's meeting was held entirely in English, with high-profile speeches related to the issues of inland waters understood not only as ecosystems, but as a mirror, a reflection of every human being and his relationship with the world of nature.

The Saturday’s activities began with the world premiere presentation by Curt Stager, professor at Paul Smith's College of the State of New York, of his new book "Still Water" carried out at the shores of the homonymous lake at the Lagoni refuge (Corniglio - PR). Following, the presentation of the geological and hiking map of the area called "From Lagoni to Monte Matto - On the Trails of Ancient Glaciers", produced by the Emilia-Romagna Region in collaboration with the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines National Park, was done to the public. Among the attendants were present environmental guides, representatives of the CAI and citizens.

Excursion to Lago Scuro

Excursion to Lago Scuro - Photo by Emilia-Romagna Region

The Saturday’s afternoon was dedicated to an excursion to Lago Scuro (Dark Lake), accompanied by environmental guides and teachers from the University of Parma, to discover the geomorphology of the area so closely related to the formation and shape of the lakes. About 20 people took part in the excursion.

During the two days, the National Park Managing Authority took the opportunity to present the CEETO Project and its activities as well as the CEETO project Pilot Actions, some of which are being implemented in this lake area.

About the Appennino Tosco Emiliano National Park

Get further information on the Appennino Tosco Emiliano National Park, one of CEETO project Pilot Protected Areas in which the lake region of this news article is located, by visiting the park´s webpage. Furthermore, you can watch the short teaser below and have an overview on the natural values and tourism management challenges of this park:


Watch the Appennino Tosco Emiliano Teaser online