trees planted


Italy is among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of agricultural surfaces devoted to organic farming: about 10% of Italian cropland meet organic farming standards. However, agricultural biodiversity is a neglected issue that needs to be addressed as 75% of Italian farms are specialized. PUR Projet is working on two regional projects (North and South) with the Italian Association for Organic Agriculture (AIAB), an important and recognized player working for the promotion of organic farming in Italy. The AIAB project aims at planting trees with organic farmers in order to boost the local economy by diversifying agricultural production, and improve their resilience to climate changes, especially in the South.


Friuli Venezia Giulia and Calabria regions, Italy


Agroforestry and reforestation

Local partner

Associazione Italiana per l'Agricoltura Biologica (AIAB)


Organic farmers in Calabria and Friuli Venezia Giulia

Local partner

The Associazione Italiana per l’Agricoltura Biologica (AIAB) is a non-profit association created in 1988 in Turin. Well-known national network promoting organic farming in Italy, it gathers farmers, practitioners, experts, researchers, and consumers. It is composed of 18 regional offices coordinated by the national office in Rome, the plantations are coordinated locally by the specific AIAB regional offices. AIAB is one of the biggest agricultural education and training providers in Italy, also involved in organic certification, research and communication campaigns. AIAB created the label “Garanzia AIAB” with a specific standard for Italian Organic Farming and has a farms networks called “Bioagriturismi AIAB” and a National Network of Organic School Farm.

Plantation models

Species planted

A selection of species is made based on farmers’ interest, appropriate micro-climatic conditions and their value for biodiversity preservation. The seedlings are between 12 and 24 months old, depending on the single specie. Oak, figs, almonds and eucalyptus are some of the planted species.

More information


17 small-scale and medium-scale farmers were identified to take part in the project in 2015, they are from the Torano Castello, Bisignano and Santa Sofia d’Epiro regions. Their average agriculture area is around 3 000 m2 (largest size: 10 000 m2, smallest size: 400m2).


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