CON.FLU.PO is the acronym for "Restoring connectivity in the Po river basin opening migratory route for Acipenser naccarii* and 10 fish species in Annex II". The project is co-funded by the European Commission with € 3,496,809 (49,3%) within the LIFE program NAT/11/188 11, amounting to a total of € 7,088,476.
Coordinating beneficiary is the Regione Lombardia - DG Agriculture, while Emilia Romagna Region, the Interregional Agency for the Po River, the Po Basin Authority, Consorzio Parco Lombardo della Valle del Ticino, the provinces of Piacenza and Rovigo, the Company Graia are associated beneficiaries, with the addition of Enel Green Power SpA as a co-financier. Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, Canton Ticino, Piedmont region, the Veneto Region, the Lombardy Region, DG Systems and green landscape, the Italian Federation of Sport Fishing and Underwater Activities support the project too.
This huge partnership is justified from the large project area. In fact, for the first time, we wanted to give a concrete answer to the problem of re-establishing a connection from Po delta to Lake Maggiore, through the construction of two fish ladders at the level of the Isola Serafini barrier. They will reopen most of the river corridor at fish migration. Forty fish species will benefit of this. Among these eleven are in the EU lists and fifteen are endemic or sub-endemic species, such as Sturgeon Cobice (Acipenser naccarii) - priority species at Community level - and four species of cyprinids reofili: Pigo, Barbo Comune, Roach and Savetta. The project involves direct activities in support of these species such as breeding, release into the wild and subsequent monitoring.
These activities directly invest 33 SCI (Sites of Community Interest) present in the project area, thus guaranteeing a further strengthening of the Rete Natura 2000.