On June 22 and 23, an important step towards responsible forest management was taken in Luvinate (VA) with the conference “Forest Certification and Carbon Monitoring”.
The event was organized by the Municipality of Luvinate in collaboration with some of the leading Italian experts in the field: CREA, ETIFOR, Department of TESAF at the University of Padua, and FSC® within the framework of the LIFE ClimatePositive project. A training and discussion opportunity for the research community and forest technicians, that took place both in the classroom and in the forest, specifically in the Campo dei Fiori Regional Park, one of the pilot areas of the project, at ASFO Valli delle Sorgenti (a local landowners association).
In the field work several operational issues of great importance for forest technicians were addressed, including:
- Calculation of carbon stock in a forest and the subsequent generation of carbon credits.
- Application of the Potential Biodiversity Index as a tool to guide future management decisions.
- Requirements for obtaining FSC® certification for responsible forest management and the subsequent verification of positive impacts on ecosystem services.
These two highly attended days will soon be replicated in other areas of the LIFE ClimatePositive project, aiming to provide training and directly involve those who work with our forest ecosystems on a daily basis.
LIFE ClimatePositive is a project launched in 2023 with the contribution of the European Union’s LIFE financial instrument. It promotes SMART partnerships and innovative funding for responsible forest management and the enhancement of carbon sequestration capacity.
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