The Italian Almanac

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Permanent Museum of Environmental Crime

The first Permanent Museum of Environmental Crime will be set up in Rome in a bid to make the public more aware of the illegal commerce of fauna and flora species that are risking extinction. The announcement was made by Federico Coccia, the president of Rome's Biopark Foundation, which runs the local zoo, and the head of the Italian Forrest Guard Corps, Cesare Patrone.

The museum will expose seashells, turtle shells, skins, corals and other such items protected by the international agreements that have been seized by local enforcement officers. It is estimated that the Forest Guards Corps of Italy is holding some 71,000 seized products of this kind.