CENTRO HABITAT MEDITERRANEO LIPU OSTIA: A PATH THROUGH NATURE SET UP WITH ACEA’S HELP
The Centro Habitat Mediterraneo Lipu, located at the Tiber’s mouth and close to Ostia’s seaplane base, is a 20 hectare nature centre which replaced an open-air dump, the same where Pier Paolo Pasolini was killed. The Centre, born in the mid-90s, was integrated with the Touristic Port of Rome by the public administration, playing an important role in environmental mitigation.
The Centro Habitat Mediterraneo, which is being further expanded, includes today the environmental restoring of a verdant coastal pond where 200 species of birds have already been censused, among which some rare species such as the red heron, present with the largest colony of Latium. Three large wooden cabins enable the watching of birds, while an open-air classroom and the Mario Pastore visit centre host cultural, awareness-raising and research initiatives, in addition to voluntary work initiatives by Lipu Ostia, such as the first aid of hundreds of wild animals every year. Finally, Acea’s support led to the creation of an “equipped nature path”, with explanatory boards and related structures, such as notice boards, bookstands and small roofings on natural and cultural emergencies scattered along the path. An interesting spot is the Tower of San Michele, designed by Michelangelo. Moreover, interactive installations aimed at children, such as models of animal and plant structures, insect houses, small walls and piles of dry stones for reptiles and large insects have been set up.