To improve biodiversity through ecological river restoration and participatory design of PES

  • Sustainable investments
  • Parco Oglio Sud
  • Italy
  • 2015-2017
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Ecopay Connect Oglio Sud

The problem
Ecopay-Connect Oglio Sud aims to improve biodiversity through ecological river restoration and participatory design of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in Parco Regionale Oglio Sud. The project is lead by the Oglio Sud Park, in partnership with two Universities (the Dista Department of the Università degli Studi dell’Insubria and the TESAF Department of the Università degli Studi di Padova) and three consultancy firms (Graia, Bluprogetti ed Etifor). The project is  co-funded by Fondazione Cariplo and is supported by Consorzio Forestale Padano.

The solution
Etifor provides technical assistance to Oglio Sud Regional Park in implementing the following complementary project activities:

  • Action 7 – Analysis and economic valuation of ecosystem services produced by the Regional Park and by project restoration interventions. This activity entails the mapping of relevant ecosystem services, their economic evaluation in term of social and economic benefits for the local and regional community. Using InVEST, ETIFOR has been able to develop different ecosystem service provision scenarios, producing smart maps that show the effects of alternative river restoration activities and projects.
  • Action 8 – Participatory design of innovative and alternative financing instruments to enhance ecological connectivity of fragile riparian ecosystems of the Regional Park. Etifor conducted a feasibility study, including participatory workshops, for designing Payments for Ecosystem Services options for the Regional Park. Visitor Giving Schemes and other PES typologies were considered for the analysis.

Our contribution
The project has been remarkably successful at highlighting the importance of investing in the territory. From the feedback received and the concrete results that the working group has been able to achieve, there is a desire to apply the same model to other territories and it is on this front that partners will engage in the coming years.