Genova, Italy
City population: 588904
Duration: 1999 – 2000
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Meso-scale: Regional, metropolitan and urban level
Project area: unknown
Type of area: Protected Area, Natural Heritage Area
Last updated: October 2021

The BEIGUA LIFE Project focused on the development and implementation of six management plans, one for each of the priority habitat types present at the site, to safeguard and restore these endangered habitats located right outside of Genova. Several activities of soil rehabilitation were carried out through planting native species and keeping under control invasive plant species. An awareness raising campaign was held to involve local communities as well (1).

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Overview

Nature-based solution

  • Parks and urban forests
  • Other

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Habitat and biodiversity conservation
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Environmental quality
  • Soil quality improvement
  • Economic development and employment (SDG 8)
  • Economic development: agriculture
  • Tourism support
  • Cultural heritage and cultural diversity
  • Preservation of natural heritage
  • Preservation of historic traditions

Focus

Protection of natural ecosystems, Knowledge creation and awareness raising, Monitoring of habitats and/or biodiversity

Project objectives

Goals of the intervention were: - to protect and enhance the biodiversity values of habitats and species present in the area, - to develop and maintain species belonging to spontaneous flora according to natural dynamism, - to preserve the land and to defend the soil from hydrogeological and fire fires, and - to promote a more balanced relationship between human and territorial actions, encouraging the development of compatible socio-economic activities like animal herding and tourism (2).

Implementation activities

"Among the measures foreseen there was the restoration of the Monte Beigua regional park’s tracks, which were to act as firebreaks, and constant surveillance in order to prevent wildfires and to hinder their propagation. Erosion of the meadows was to be tackled by planting local varieties of shrub and sowing native grasses, which would have stabilised the subsoil. The calcareous mires would have been preserved by regular mowing to block the dynamics of their natural succession. Invading species were to be eliminated from the dry heaths to favour the re-growth of the typical vegetation. Finally, accurate management of grazing would have helped to reduce the negative effects of excessive stocking densities" (1).

Biodiversity conservation or restoration-focused activities

Biodiversity conservation:

  • Protect and enhance urban habitats
  • Preserve and strengthen existing habitats and ecosystems
  • Reduce negative impacts and avoid the alteration/damage of ecosystem
  • Protect species
  • Undertake specific measures to protect species
  • Undertake specific measures to protect native species
  • Undertake specific measures to protect valued species
  • Control and clean invasive alien species
  • Means for conservation governance
  • Raise public awareness
  • Protect and apply traditional knowledge and conservation practices

Main beneficiaries

  • Non-government organisation/Civil Society
  • Citizens or community groups
  • Young people and children
  • Other

Governance

Management set-up

  • Led by non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Non-government organisation/civil society

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Dissemination of information and education

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

The Italian League for the Protection of Birds (LIPU) is a national NGO founded in 1965 and the coordinator of the project in partnership with Ente Parco Beigua-IT (1). The project mentions NBS as part of the implementation activities in line with the goals of the EU LIFE Project (1, 2 and 3).

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Yes (Nature protection and Biodiversity Directive 79/409 - Conservation of wild birds (02.04.1979) Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directive)
... a national policy or strategy? Yes (Law n. 157 of 11th February 1992 (http://www.minambiente.it/pagina/direttiva-uccelli).)
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown

Financing

Total cost

€500,000 - €2,000,000

Source(s) of funding

  • EU funds
  • Public regional budget

Type of funding

  • Earmarked public budget
  • Direct funding or subsidy

Non-financial contribution

Unknown

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased conservation or restoration of ecosystems
  • Reduced biodiversity loss
  • Increased number of species present
  • Increased protection of threatened species
  • Improved prevention or control of invasive alien species
  • Other

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Increased involvement of locals in the management of green spaces
  • Cultural heritage and sense of place
  • Increased awareness of flora and fauna as culturally and historically meaningful
  • Increased appreciation for natural spaces
  • Education
  • Increased support for education and scientific research
  • Increased knowledge of locals about local nature
  • Increased awareness of NBS and their benefits
  • Other

Type of reported impacts

Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system

Yes

Presence of indicators used in reporting

Yes

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

Yes

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

Yes

References

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