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Spina Verde Forests

Italy
Como (CO)

Protect Spina Verde 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.

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Base
18,00 €

Pari a 1.351 Kg di CO2

Intermediate
29,00 €

Pari a 2.177 Kg di CO2

Advanced
89,00 €

Pari a 6.682 Kg di CO2

Maximum
250,00 €

Pari a 18.771 Kg di CO2

In 1993, the Spina Verde Regional Park was officially established in the province of Como. It is a natural expanse stretching more than 1,000 hectares, from the Como hills to the Swiss border, in the shape of a thorn. Traditionally, Spina Verde Park is considered as a “cultural” park because of the many historical artifacts within its perimeter. Yet, a park without greenery would not be called so. Therefore, we decided to protect Spina Verde forests, which are losing biodiversity year after year due to extreme weather events, invasive species infestation, and reduced habitat maintenance. The overall goal of the project is to rehabilitate 36 hectares of forests by removing plants that are perishing, dead or crashed by strong winds. In addition, a wetland area will be restored, since its importance for local amphibians such as Lataste’s frog, damaltine frog, and great crested newt. To enjoy this heritage, we will create a new nature trail and expand the visitable areas. With these interventions, Boschi della Spina Verde will be able to continue to provide services to the community that we often take for granted: carbon capture, groundwater recharge, pollutant retention, and soil conservation, all of which are key to environments dedicated to recreation and well-being.

 

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.

Spina Verde Forests provide shelter for a very diverse flora and fauna. However, if left on their own, some of the habitats that harbor these species tend to degrade or disappear. Wetlands, vital for amphibians, may even become buried. Our project includes the development of the area’s largest wetland, the establishment of a forest nursery for self-grown seedlings for ecological upgrades, and the creation of nature trails to visit the area.

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