Adda Sud Forests
Protect Adda Sud Forests
Current threat: Biodiversity loss
The more species diverse a forest is, the better it will resist threats from external agents, produce quality timber, and provide a habitable habitat for wildlife. It' not just for wildlife, but also for the people who want to enjoy the ecosystem services the forest provides.
The Adda River runs through almost all the provinces of Lombardy for more than 300km, following a meandering path. Its wanderings have left visible traces on the territory. In fact, over the centuries, the river has shaped valuable areas for biodiversity in the Lombardy plain and given sustenance to the Adda Sud Forests. Over the past few years, the climate crisis has eroded the area’s delicate woodland ecosystem. Extreme weather events, floods, and strong winds are the main threats to these forests. Our protective interventions aim to make the area’s trees more resilient by increasing plant diversity to encourage the action of all pollinating insects. Without them, there would not be so many fruits on our tables! In addition, herbaceous flora will be enriched along a peri-urban bicycle and pedestrian path.
In parallel, work will be done on a Natura 2000 Site, riverbanks and wooded areas. The goal is to contain the expansion of exotic species, collect the many crashes and dead plants from violent weather events and river flooding. Our project aims to make room for new trees, shrubs and plants that encourage pollinators. At both sites, Rete di Agricoltura Sociale will place hives with domestic bees, which will be analyzed by Milan State University as bio-indicators for environmental monitoring on air pollutants. The interventions will improve the condition of Adda Sud Forests, a green treasure to be protected.
This project is co-funded by the Call for Proposals “Biodiversity and Climate” (BioClima) implemented by Regione Lombardia and supported by Fondazione Cariplo. Bioclima, created under the LIFE MANAGEMENT 2020 project, aims to create public-private financing models to catalyze investment in biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation projects in Lombardy’s forests and protected areas.
If you are a company and would like to contribute, visit www.wownature.eu/aziende/bioclima.
The Adda River has shaped precious areas for biodiversity in the Lombardy plain, and given birth to Adda Sud Forests. Extreme weather events, strong winds and floods are undermining their growth. Therefore a series of interventions are needed to preserve this green gem.
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