A project that causes discussion
The Provincial Federcaccia of Macerata, having become aware of the project aimed at creating a forty-kilometre cycle path in the Municipality of Macerata, expresses its opposition as the territory concerned is particularly rich in terms of natural heritage and risks being compromised by the creation of an invasive work such as a real cycle path, especially for wildlife. Please note that article 4 of Directive 2009/147/EC (birds) and Annex II of Directive 92/43 EC (habitats), protect species that are present in this area, such as the greengrocer, the porbeagle, the the hobby, the little shrike, as well as more common species such as the buzzard, the kestrel, the long-eared owl, the green woodpecker, the great spotted woodpecker and numerous passerines which would be affected by a frequent and consistent flow of people along the cycle path.
Attendance in critical periods for reproduction, migration and wintering risks nullifying the union between sustainable fruition and ecological protection of the territory which must be left as natural as possible, taking into account the importance of combining the protection of nature with a sustainable coexistence of human activity, naturally in less impactful forms.
The cycle path, as happens in regions such as Tuscany and Trentino, should be traced in respect of the environment, trying to reuse old disused paths and existing farm roads. Therefore we ask to review the project in favor of an ecologically sustainable solution consistent with the environmental and historical characteristics of our territory (source: Federcaccia).