Gaia Research Institute Onlus is a non-profit organization of social utility. The goal of Gaia is the protection and conservation of the environment and of biodiversity.
Gaia accomplishes its mission through the realization of research and monitoring projects, aimed at the knowledge and protection of nature and biodiversity, and to direct actions for environment and biodiversity conservation.
Gaia promotes sustainable development, the protection of the animal’s rights, protection of the sites, fauna and flora, and carry out activities about the environmental information and education, also through the promotion of sports activities immersed in nature and respectful of the environment.
Our research activity is conducted independently or in collaboration with other Entities/Organizations (i.e.: ISPRA, Department of Life and System Biology of the University of Turin, Department of Biology University of Bari, Thalassa, etc.)
The members of Gaia collaborate to the drafting of action plans for the conservation of species and habitats, in collaboration with technical Agencies, public Administrations and Universities.
The results of research and monitoring activities are also employed to promote the environmental sensitivity of the citizens involved in the activities of the Association and of the general public.
The headquarters of Gaia are Italian, but its members come from all over the world and they carry out their activities in the whole world.
Gaia Research Institute Onlus was born in 2002 by the love of nature and science of its members, that got together for exploring, studying and protecting the environment and biodiversity. Gaia was finally founded in 2010 by Marta Azzolin, Federica Celoni, Luca Nelli and Elena Papale. Its founding members are PhD and MSc in Natural Sciences and Biology, with expertise on cetaceans and birds. Within Gaia, the projects previously developed by individual members have found their institutional role. The skills acquired in the course of many years of study, training abroad, work in the context of multiple Organizations and Associations, are finally employed for the management of research projects on wildlife conservation. In recent years new members have been added to the Board of Directors and the species studied have expanded also to reptiles and amphibians.