Data Card - Festa dell'Albero
In Italy, 21 November is National Tree Day (Festa dell’Albero), established by law in 2013 to celebrate the importance of trees and forests.
In addition to the greater commitment needed to combat climate change, the issues of reforestation and park management also appear to be a key focus of the agendas of Italian and European cohesion policy.
To celebrate trees, OpenCoesione has chosen to:
- publish a dataset (updated as of 30 June 2019) that contains forestationrelated projects financed by cohesion policies during the two programming cycles (i.e. 20072013 and 2014-2020), mainly by way of national funding. In all, 1,685 projects are under way or have already been completed (15%) in three regions in southern Italy (i.e. Calabria, Campania and Sicily) with a total public cost of €337 million. This includes projects of forest and, in particular, park maintenance, the active protection of forests and reforestation. Onethird of the projects in this dataset concern projects to prevent forest fires.
- to promote the research project in Villa di Bolasco for the restoration, reclamation and promotion of monumental trees of the University of Padua backed by over €2.5 million in funding from the Veneto Regional Operational Programme financed with the help of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the 20072013 programming cycle. The results of the work conducted by the researchers with regard to this classification of trees, which is protected by law and categorised by size, longevity, and historical value, have been published online. On the website of Bolasco Park, located in Castelfranco Veneto in the province of Treviso, it is possible to take a virtual tour of the villa and explore the characteristics and stories of the monumental trees found in the park (incl. European spruce, European silver fir, broadleaf privet, Magnolia grandiflora, black pine, and others).
- promotion of the recent collaboration between A Scuola di OpenCoesione (ASOC) and AzzeroCO2, an organisation that promotes sustainability and energy efficiency. The 20192020 edition of ASOC will include a joint pilot project for the secondary school participating in this initiative of active citizenship in order to increase awareness among young people of the issue of environmental sustainability. They will be provided with the tools needed to calculate and analyse greenhouse-gas emissions associated with the various activities involved in an educational programme with the goal, by the end of the school year, to neutralise these emissions in various ways, including by planting trees in authorised parks and other areas. See here for more information.
Following the example of the city of Milan, which recently inaugurated the park BAM and dedicated a session of Bookcity Milan to poetry inspired by trees, entitled PoeTree and the City, we would like to close with the words of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and the first African women to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize: