by Jeff Matthews
The WWF (formerly World Wildlife Fund, now, in some countries, World-Wide Fund for Nature) is a large non-governmental organization founded in 1961 and present in the Campania region of Italy since 1970. It works for the preservation, conservation and restoration of the natural environment. To that end, the organization has established a number of "Oases" in the world. There are about 100 of them in Italy. Twelve such oases are in Campania. Many of the areas had interesting histories before becoming WWF oases (ex. the Astroni crater in Naples was an old Bourbon Royal Hunting preserve). Some are bigger than others, but, big or small, they all specialize in making the public aware of the need to preserve nature. In many cases they are not totally separate entities but may find themselves within the confines of—and collaborate with—regional parks or nature...
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