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Local to Global–a Swiss-Italian valley brought to IUCN's Congress 01 January 2012 | Article The IUCN Congress allows the voices of people working at the coal face of conservation and natural resource management to be heard on an international stage where global leaders join forces with people defending local interests. Ticino is Switzerland’s only all Italian-speaking canton and is separated from the rest of the country by mountains, lakes and borders with Italy. The region itself is geographically split between the north and south, creating distinct cultures and dialects among its communes. Vegetation is lush, thanks to microclimates, abundant water and dense forests. In the northern valleys, numerous rivers flow down to Lake Maggiore, carving through massive blocks of granite. Tourists flock here during warm months to enjoy scenic landscapes, quirky villages and sports. ...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/knowledge/focus/biodiversity_upfront/...

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