On the 7th of June 2018 in Pianola (L'Aquila) had been held the last of four award ceremonies for the contest launched in the field of the educational project LIFE PLUTO and that had involved 450 students of the Parco Gran Sasso-Laga area.

On the 11th and the 12th June, the Carabinieri Department for Biodiversity of Castel di Sangro and of the natural reserve Feudo Intramonti, in Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise, will host a monitoring inspection by the European Commission to check the development of the project LIFE PLUTO.

On 20 April 2018 the Gran Sasso-Laga National Park hosted a team of the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary visiting Italy to deepen their knowledge on the LIFE program and improve their ability to develop successful projects in the framework of this program based on knowledge and experience made available by other European beneficiaries.

No less than 35 school classes of the Gran Sasso-Laga National Park area are taking part in the educational project "Pluto, un amico a quattro zampe", designed to make kids reflect on the danger that poison baits pose to the conservation of many species of mammals and birds of prey.

At the beginning of April, one of the six Anti-poison Dog Units of the LIFE PLUTO project and the Anti-poison Dog Unit of the LIFE Medwolf project carried out a joint inspection at a game reserve in the province of Siena.

In the framework of the LIFE PLUTO Project, the Carabinieri department for forest, environment and food safeguard (CUTFAA) has created a promotional brochure on Anti-poison Dog Units, as well as a technical document to help its staff manage poisoning episodes and use the Dog Units.

Thanks to the activity of the six Anti-poison Dog Units, created in 2016 by the Carabinieri Forestry Corps in the framework of the LIFE PLUTO Project with the financial support of the European Commission, more and more episodes of poison use are being detected as time passes. Some of them took place in the Province of Arezzo.

On 25 March 2017 a red kite, that had been born in Czech Republic and wintered in southern Tuscany, died of poisoning in a game reserve in the province of Siena: it was found thanks to the GPS data logger through which researchers followed its movements.

The Ministry of Environment and the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) have developed a “National Action Plan to fight offences against wild birds”, identifying poison baits as one of the most widespread offences against avifauna in Italy, and including actions to strengthen Anti-poison Dog Units.

After having performed 80 inspections in 2016, the State Forestry Corps' Anti-poison Dog Units created in the framework of the LIFE PLUTO Project continue their activity and have already achieved a first result.

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