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trees planted
17,067
surface planted
24 Ha

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Launched in 2015, in a partnership with AIAB, a local non-profit, the project with the municipalities of the Muzzana del Turgnano City area to the Marano Lagoon as well as 26 local farmers in the Torano Castello, Bisignano and Santa Sofia D’Epiro areas. 

In the Fruili Venezia Giuli region, the project aims to:

  • Expand existing woodlands in order to restore an ecological corridor and support the conservation of indigenous flora and fauna,
  • Create social value by encouraging volunteering and by improving the integration of refugees in the local community.

 

In Calabria, the project aims to:

  • Contributing to the protection and dissemination of native trees and shrubs,
  • Assist local production of chestnut and Juniperus wood and fruits,
  • Increase the forest area and build awareness about the safeguarding of entire biodiversity,
  • Promote sustainable agricultural practices.

 

Location

Friuli Venezia Giulia and Calabria regions, Italy

Type

Agroforestry and reforestation

Local partner

Associazione Italiana per l'Agricoltura Biologica (AIAB)

Participants

26 Organic farmers in Calabria and municipalities of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region

Achievements

17,067 trees planted & 24 Hectares restored

supply chain

Fruits and Vegetables

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.

  • Common oak (Quercus robur)
  • Narrow-leafed ash (Fraxinus angustifolia)
  • Field maple (Acer campestre)
  • Hackberry (Prunus padus)
  • Wild service tree (Sorbus torminalis)
  • Common alder (Alnus glutinosa)
  • European spindle (Euonymus europaeus)
  • Common hazel (Corylus avellane)
  • Common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
  • Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas)
  • Alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus)
  • Guelder-rose (Viburum opulus)
  • Almond tree (Prunus dulcis)
  • Olive tree (Olea europaea)
  • Pomegranate (Punica granatum)
  • Chestnut (Castanea sativa)
  • Juniperus (Juniperus phoenica)

participants

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). Today, we are working and supporting 26 organic farmers.

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