A training day dedicated to forestry technicians as part of the LIFE Climate Positive project in Italy.

The European LIFE ClimatePositive project aims to respond to the problems of abandonment, fragmentation and degradation affecting the forestry sector in Italy, which the effects of the climate crisis have further worsened. Through its focus on promoting associationism and fundamental forest certification mechanisms, the project aims to improve the management of Italian forests, facilitate smallholders’ access to various forms of financing and contribute to European climate change adaptation and mitigation goals.

Included in the planned activities are training days for forestry technicians to strengthen skills on how to certify, calculate and monitor ecosystem services (with a focus on carbon and biodiversity) to ensure quality forest management over time.

These topics were the focus of the training day on Monday, 9 October, between Quarto d’Altino (VE) and the Bosco delle Crete, involving agronomists and forestry technicians. The day was divided into theoretical and practical session, the second one took place in the forest. The participants took measurements intending to apply the monitoring protocol for calculating carbon and biodiversity: a methodology to value the ecosystem services of forests and forestry activities on a national scale currently being tested. The Bosco delle Crete represents the fourth pilot case of the LIFE ClimatePositive project and is a fine example of forest associationism in the Venetian area.