We are an international consulting firm, spin-off of the University of Padova, that aims to restore the balance between people and nature. 

We support public and private organizations that want to make sustainable choices and adopt innovative nature-based solutions to improve the socio-economic and environmental performances of policies, projects and investments.

In all our services we guarantee quality and long-term sustainability through the three pillars that define our work: science, innovation and governance.


Technical assistance service for proposals “BioClima”

Regione Lombardia grants non-repayable capital funding to the managing bodies of protected areas and Natura 2000 sites and to public administrations for the realization of interventions of biodiversity conservation, adaptation to climate change and enhancement of ecosystem services of forests, protected areas and ecological networks in Lombardy, through the involvement of the private sector.


Do you want to become a climate positive company?

Discover the MARC approach, designed to accompany people and organisations along a path of environmental and social responsibility, a path that is not always easy and requires commitment and dedication.

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Certify the sustainability of your destination

Thanks to us, you can get your tourist destination GSTC certified and optimise some of its core elements: governance, management and marketing.

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Why investing in forests?

We provide advisory services to support investors throughout the investment process and management of the forest investment portfolio.

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Find out how to enhance natural areas

Our territory has enormous environmental resources and is rich in natural areas that provide important ecosystem services to the population. The management of protected areas and natural resources is a complex subject. We therefore aim to tackle it with an interdisciplinary approach that is able to respond to institutional, technical and economic demands. An approach called GRAN.

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zero deforestation

Regenerate your supply chain with EMMA

The main cause of deforestation in tropical countries is the expansion of agricultural areas. Find out how we help our partners to comply with the European Zero Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) which will oblige companies to make their supply chains safer and more traceable.

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Fedrigoni Paper Biodiversity Impact Strategy

  • 2022

In line with its sustainability strategy for 2030, Fedrigoni Paper is undertaking a new process to imporve its imapcts on biodiversity. With Etifor’s support, the company will conduct its first Biodiversity Impact Assessment to identify the impacts on the natural areas surrounding its paper mills. Based on that, Fedrigoni Paper will implement actions capable of mitigating the negative ones. 

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The famous premium paper company embarks on a new journey to contribute to biodiversity’s restoration

The Upcoming EU Proposal on “Deforestation-free Products”: from Theory to Practice through the Lessons Learned from the EUTR Implementation

  • 2022

This article compares the new proposal for the “Zero Deforestation” Regulation with the current EU Regulation on Timber (EUTR), with the aim to shed some light on the new rules and the implications for the actors involved.

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Over the last few months, the European Commission has been discussing the adoption of a new Regulation to curb deforestation and forest degradation driven by the expansion of agricultural land. Already named “Zero Deforestation”, this proposal aims at aligning the policies on import with EU sustainability goals. When adopted, the new Regulation will substitute the existing EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), expanding its scope and introducing stricter requirements for importers. This article analyses the main features of the new Regulation. Through a comparative analysis between the new proposal and the EUTR, this article wants to shed some light on the changes and implication of the “Zero Deforestation” Regulation. While the main focus of the EUTR was only on timber legality, the new Regulation introduces specific criteria for five additional agro-commodities, specifically cattle, palm oil, soy, cocoa, coffee, and some derived products such as leather and chocolate. The new Regulation also foresees more detailed requirements for the obligations and due diligence procedures. Specifically, the document introduces innovative elements such as the central information system for recording operator due diligence declarations and country benchmarking. This due diligence statement will also provide essential information for monitoring, namely the geographical coordinates of the farm or plantation where the commodities were grown. At the same time, the article identifies some critical aspects of the “Zero Deforestation” Regulation. For instance, the new proposal risks to put more economic and bureaucratic burden on both operator and competent authorities, which are already underfunded and understaffed. In connection to this, as the new Regulation involves more actors and from different sectors, greater efforts are needed to ensure a uniform implementation across all EU member states. Faced with these impending changes, Etifor has developed a new approach to support companies and organisations in making their supply chains deforestation-free. With careful analysis and assessment, our team can identify the best strategy to adapt to the new legislation, assessing risks and adopting innovative tools to comply with the regulation. Learn more about EMMA! TITLE OF THE ARTICLE The Upcoming EU Proposal on "Deforestation-free Products": from Theory to Practice through the Lessons Learned from the EUTR Implementation AUTHORS Elena Massarenti (Etifor), Nicola Andrighetto (Etifor), Mauro Masiero (University of Padova) PUBLICATION Paper presented at 11th conference of the Italian association of agricultural and applied economics (AIEAA), held on 16th - 17th June 2022 at the University of Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy), organized session: Cap, Farm to Fork and Green Deal: Policy Coherence, Governance, and Future Challenges. READ THE ARTICLE

Wildfires in Europe are changing: why and what can we do?

  • 2022

Wildfires have always existed, but in the summer of 2022 they presented special characteristics, indicating that the ‘normality’ is changing. Today, we are faced with what experts call ‘megafires’. What has changed and what can we do about it?

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Portugal, Spain, France and Italy among the most affected countries by fires

Etifor signs the WWF Call to Action promoting the transition to a nature positive economy

  • 2022

Etifor is among the more than 70 organisations supporting the Call to Action promoted by WWF. We recognise that central banks and financial institutions need to take responsibility for their impacts and to act against climate change and biodiversity loss. 

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Central banks and financial institutions are urged to act against climate change and biodiversity loss

Promoting science-based targets for a nature positive future

  • 2022

Because we believe that a nature positive approach is the best way to mitigate our impacts, Etifor has joined the SBTN Corporate Engagement Program to contribute to the design of new tools to better address environmental challenges.

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Etifor has joined the SBTN Corporate Engagement Program to contribute to the design of new tools to better address environmental challenges

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