European Rewilding Network

Paspardo nel cuore – territorial programme

Paspardo nel cuore (Paspardo in my heart) is a territorial programme which aims to involve local communities, business operators and public administrations to work together in order to restore natural processes, using wildlife and wild landscapes to provide new economic opportunities to the local communities.

Project: Paspardo nel cuore – territorial programme
Region: Paspardo, Provincia di Brescia, Lombardia, Italia
Type of protection: Regional Park, Natural Park, SPA IT 2070401 Parco Naturale Adamello, SCI IT 2070005 Pizzo Badile-Alta Val Zumella, SCI IT 2070008 Cresta Monte Colombè-Cima Barbignaga, UNESCO’s heritage n. 94 nomination, “Rock Drawings in Valcamonica”
Habitat types: Forests of conifers and deciduous trees, alpine and sub-alpine grassland, heath, scrub, bogs, marshes, water fringed vegetation, chestnut copse
Keystone species: Brown bear (Ursus arctos), Alpine ibex (Capra ibex)
Fauna (mega) species present: Red deer (Cervus elaphus), Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra)
Type of project: Large-scale rehabilitations of natural processes, including herbivores, carnivores and/or scavengers being present, Methods and experiences to allow natural numbers and densities of native, wild or rewilded species, Pilot projects focusing on supporting key wildlife species being present in more natural densities, showing their role in the ecosystem, Projects based on a stewardship anchored in respect for land, water, and all living things, with a management striving to support natural processes and utilize nature’s own mechanism, Projects creating local pride and common ownership and responsibility for wild nature amongst land owners, communities and resource users, leading to new alternative uses, Re-introductions / re-stockings of locally extinct or rare key wildlife species, or breeding of such species with the goal to release them into the wild, Successful agreements with hunting entities about sustainable hunting and the development of wildlife watching tourism, in order to bring back wildlife in natural numbers, Successful examples of enterprises that are based on economic values of the wild and that contribute to rewilding through generating revenues, business, jobs and income, Successful examples of initiatives that address to reduce human-wildlife conflict, and show tangible benefits / reduced problems for the local people
Aim and vision: To maintain and restore habitats and species at favourable conservation status. To favor the conservation of large animals and support reintroduction of still rare species. To involve local communities and establish new business opportunities linked to the wildlife presence.
Paspardo is a well known destination for wildlife tourism which brings incomes for local communities, becoming a model of the positive interaction between human activities and nature conservation. Huge public support ensures adequate Natura 2000 management and conservation forest and pasture.
Uniqueness of the project: For thousands of years, with its rock engravings, Paspardo is a reference on an international scale of the spiritual relationship between man and nature. The project intends to walk in the path of this symbolic value to contribute to the definition of a new scenario of sustainable life on the Alps.
Other activities: Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Recreational activities, Research, Sale of sustainable products
Results so far: Paspardo and Saviore dell’Adamello, together with Braone, are one of the most advanced laboratories for environmental, social and economic sustainability in the Alps.
Inspirational value: Establishing conservation areas and issues is a way to preserve nature for future generations, although only few of these initiatives are transformed into real opportunities for local communities and then in real opportunities for nature conservation in the long term. The project intends to promote a case study exportable to other European mountain areas.
Experience you would like to share: Involvement of the local community
Experience you would like to gain: Best practices and planning for habitat conservation; Best techniques for habitat restoration, including through the use of large herbivorous mammals, including grazing of large herbivorous mammals
Map
Country
Italy
Start year
2014
Size (ha)
6140
Area type
Mountainous
Natural process
Other
Flagship species
Ibex

Paspardo nel cuore (Paspardo in my heart) is a territorial programme which aims to involve local communities, business operators and public administrations to work together in order to restore natural processes, using wildlife and wild landscapes to provide new economic opportunities to the local communities.

Map
Country
Italy
Start year
2014
Size (ha)
6140
Area type
Mountainous
Natural process
Other
Flagship species
Ibex
Specification
Project: Paspardo nel cuore – territorial programme
Region: Paspardo, Provincia di Brescia, Lombardia, Italia
Type of protection: Regional Park, Natural Park, SPA IT 2070401 Parco Naturale Adamello, SCI IT 2070005 Pizzo Badile-Alta Val Zumella, SCI IT 2070008 Cresta Monte Colombè-Cima Barbignaga, UNESCO’s heritage n. 94 nomination, “Rock Drawings in Valcamonica”
Habitat types: Forests of conifers and deciduous trees, alpine and sub-alpine grassland, heath, scrub, bogs, marshes, water fringed vegetation, chestnut copse
Keystone species: Brown bear (Ursus arctos), Alpine ibex (Capra ibex)
Fauna (mega) species present: Red deer (Cervus elaphus), Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra)
Description
Type of project: Large-scale rehabilitations of natural processes, including herbivores, carnivores and/or scavengers being present, Methods and experiences to allow natural numbers and densities of native, wild or rewilded species, Pilot projects focusing on supporting key wildlife species being present in more natural densities, showing their role in the ecosystem, Projects based on a stewardship anchored in respect for land, water, and all living things, with a management striving to support natural processes and utilize nature’s own mechanism, Projects creating local pride and common ownership and responsibility for wild nature amongst land owners, communities and resource users, leading to new alternative uses, Re-introductions / re-stockings of locally extinct or rare key wildlife species, or breeding of such species with the goal to release them into the wild, Successful agreements with hunting entities about sustainable hunting and the development of wildlife watching tourism, in order to bring back wildlife in natural numbers, Successful examples of enterprises that are based on economic values of the wild and that contribute to rewilding through generating revenues, business, jobs and income, Successful examples of initiatives that address to reduce human-wildlife conflict, and show tangible benefits / reduced problems for the local people
Aim and vision: To maintain and restore habitats and species at favourable conservation status. To favor the conservation of large animals and support reintroduction of still rare species. To involve local communities and establish new business opportunities linked to the wildlife presence.
Paspardo is a well known destination for wildlife tourism which brings incomes for local communities, becoming a model of the positive interaction between human activities and nature conservation. Huge public support ensures adequate Natura 2000 management and conservation forest and pasture.
Uniqueness of the project: For thousands of years, with its rock engravings, Paspardo is a reference on an international scale of the spiritual relationship between man and nature. The project intends to walk in the path of this symbolic value to contribute to the definition of a new scenario of sustainable life on the Alps.
Other activities: Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Recreational activities, Research, Sale of sustainable products
Achievements
Results so far: Paspardo and Saviore dell’Adamello, together with Braone, are one of the most advanced laboratories for environmental, social and economic sustainability in the Alps.
Exchange
Inspirational value: Establishing conservation areas and issues is a way to preserve nature for future generations, although only few of these initiatives are transformed into real opportunities for local communities and then in real opportunities for nature conservation in the long term. The project intends to promote a case study exportable to other European mountain areas.
Experience you would like to share: Involvement of the local community
Experience you would like to gain: Best practices and planning for habitat conservation; Best techniques for habitat restoration, including through the use of large herbivorous mammals, including grazing of large herbivorous mammals
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