The Emilia-Romagna Region enhances its funding activities for permanent forests in its "pianura" (lowland) municipalities' urban and peri-urban contexts by granting until 20 September further funds for its call 2021. €650,000 will be available for the 200 “pianura” municipalities to which the measures of the Regional Air Quality Plan have been extended from March 2021 for the establishment of new forest or urban forests to be completed by 31 December 2021.
Among the projects that can be funded there are three typologies:
A1) Permanent forest plantings with an area of not less than 2000 square metres and a width of not less than 20 metres (€20,000 per hectare with 75% co-financing). Requirements: (i) forest or urban forest characteristics; (ii) a density of not less than 600/plant per hectare;
A2) Permanent forest plantings with an area of not less than 2000 square metres and a width of not less than 20 metres (€15,000 per hectare with 75% co-financing). Requirements: (i) forest or urban forest characteristics; (ii) a density of not less than 400/plant per hectare;
B) Permanent forest planting for the establishment of wooded areas (complex shrubs) not less than 3 metres wide and of variable length, preferably consisting of a layer of tall trees and a layer of shrubs (maximum eligible costs: €20 per plant)
This funding line is aimed at achieving the "Obiettivi per la pianura" (Objective for lowland) as set out in Action 1 of the Regional Forestry Plan 2014-2020 and its guidelines for 2021-2027 and is therefore the model for the calls for proposals that will be issued in 2022 and 2023 with the aim of: increase forest areas in the “pianura”; create green corridors and increase and protect biodiversity; conserve and improve the agro-forestry landscape; mitigate the impact of large public and private infrastructures; support the re-launch of sectors and economic activities linked to the management of green areas and garden centre; raise awareness of issues related to the protection of the Earth through the enhancement of the function of trees and forests in their CO2 capture and storage activities.
The decision to ensure the continuity of these projects over the next two years also provides a concrete example of VEG-GAP's platform potential if it extends its scope beyond its Pilot City of Bologna in the near future. The VEG-GAP’s platform could indeed provide useful information and data for the drafting of reports that accompany projects' proposals to all 200 "pianura" municipalities, especially in the descriptions of the specific aims and objectives of the projects.