Interreg IIIC - project part-financed by the European Union Forestry Commission Wales - Comisiwn Coedwigaeth Cymru

Robinwood, Italy (Liguria)


In charge of the Component: Project Management and Communication
Area: 5,420 km2
Population: 1,507,004

Over 70% of the Liguria territory is covered in forests. Both economic activities and population are concentrated on the coast with less than five per cent of Ligurian inhabitants living in the hinterland today. The countryside and forests are largely abandoned and the aim of Robinwood in Italy is to foster the socio-economic recovery of these areas.

Contact person: Ms. Daniela Minetti - Project Coordinator
E-mail: daniela.minetti@regione.liguria.it
Website: http://www.regione.liguria.it


Liguria is bounded to the north by the Alps and the Apennines, and on the south by approximately 450 km of coast. The region covers 5400 km2. 65 per cent of the territory is mountainous, 34 per cent hilly and only 1 per cent is flat land.

Both economic activities and the population are concentrated on the coast and less than 5% of the Ligurian inhabitants live in the hinterland today. The Ligurian territory has considerable environmental, natural and landscape , about 5 per cent consists of protected areas and over 20 per cent is under environmental protection. 355,000 hectares is forested, almost 65 per cent of the region, and more than two thirds of this area is coppice-woods.


The Regione Liguria is promoting initiatives also aimed at supporting and encouraging forest certification, seen as an opportunity to improve the sustainable management of forests, the enhancement of forest products and participation in territorial management by local authorities.

The objective of Robinwood is to foster the socio-economic recovery of these depressed areas through integrated forest management.