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"Selva Urbana", the green revolution with the reforestation of cities at its centres

In the Milan area "Selva Urbana" has been operating for a few years now, a non-profit environmental association, founded in 2014, which has already been able to plant about 5,000 trees in the Milan metropolitan area. More than 100 environmental activists are part of "Selva Urbana" who, by training, come from different sectors but are voluntarily committed to enhance the urban territory through the creation of forests. They do it as a community, through fun and creativity.

Their goal coincides with that of those who aim at urban reforestation to reduce CO2 in the air against climate change and recreate green spaces for citizenship. The projects of "Selva Urbana" are based on small forests composed of 50 to 600 forest trees per area, but that form ecosystems capable of enhancing even small green portions of the city.

The association collaborates with local governments by making the forests available to the territory, which then takes care of them, allowing the growth and success of the project. In its projects the association is also supported by local sponsors. Anyone can become a member of "Selva Urbana", a supporter by making a donation, donate their 5x1000 or become an ambassador of the association by growing the network in other territories. Since 2017 "Selva Urbana" is part of 1% for the Planet, a worldwide movement collector of profit and non-profit organizations with the task of helping to address the most urgent issues facing our planet. 

Selva Urbana has also developed its own manifesto of intent, in seven points, which focuses on the mission of the association. In first place, of course, urban forestation, followed by the desire to bring environmental education in schools. Third point is the protection of the environment and biodiversity at the center of the activities that are organized; fourth is the promotion of good practices for sustainable growth; fifth is environmental responsibility, with the desire to reintegrate the environment into the anthropological and social consciousness; sixth is the promotion of volunteering as an element of solidarity and aggregation and improvement of the territory. Finally, economic sustainability with the aim of making nature an attractive investment for financial markets.  

VEG-GAP Project - LIFE18 PRE IT 003
Duration: December 2018 - May 2022
Total Budget: 1,666,667 Euro
European Financial Contribution: 1,000,000 Euro
Coordinated by Mihaela Mircea, ENEA (IT)