ILEX Italian Landscape Exploration

Ilex (Italian Landscape Exploration) is a private company promoted by a group of educators, researches, and practitioners in the fields of biodiversity conservation, rural development, social science, and natural resource management.

ILEX has its headquarters in the village of Fontecchio, located within the Sirente-Velino Natural Park. It consists of a core team of ten professionals, and a number of part-time collaborators and volunteers.

The core business of ILEX is:

  1. the design, development and delivery of training and other products related to “local distinctiveness” and landscape explanation;
  2. the design and implementation of conservation and development projects in the area of Sirente-Velino Natural Park.


ILEX also works with local public authorities and private stakeholders on sustainable tourism planning and the design of land marketing plans.