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With more than 57,400 animal and 6,500 plant species, Italy is one of the biggest biodiversity hotspots in Europe. The variety of organisms found in Italy represents a priceless asset in the pursuit of greater scientific understanding: the challenge is to fully grasp the organisation of life in the various ecosystems, starting with the natural and environmental heritage of Italy.

Indeed, Italy has played a key role in the construction and transition of LifeWatch, the European Research Infrastructure on Biodiversity. The commitment of the Italian Ministry for Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) and the National Research Council (CNR) resulted in the setting up of the LifeWatch Italy Joint Research Unit (JRU).