Union of Municipalities of Romagna Forlivese

Sintesi del progetto LIFE CO2PES&PEF

The LIFECO2PES&PEF project was established in order to promote and support forest systems in CO2 storage and fire and crash risk prevention through 3 specific and measurable objectives:

1) The identification of a set of ecosystem services and evaluation of their benefits in the three indicated forest areas.

2) The improvement of the wood production system.

3) The creation of an ecosystem credit system to finance the same ecosystem services.

All project deliverables are public and accessible here

References to the standard and what aspects are considered

PEFC Italy has developed a methodology to support PEFC-certified forest and tree plantation owners to declare their contribution in terms of generating Ecosystem Services (ES) with a recognized methodology to help them quantify the Ecosystem Services generated by sustainable management from PEFC-certified areas.

PEFC Ecosystem Services certification provides assurance that the organization has effectively implemented practices that comply with the standards for Sustainable Forest Management (PEFC ITA 1000:2015 and PEFC ITA 1001-1 and PEFC ITA 1001-2) or Sustainable Tree Plantation Management (PEFC ITA 1004 and PEFC ITA 1004-1).

The standard produced in collaboration with PEFC Italy as part of the LIFE CO2PES&PEF project “Certification Standard for Ecosystem Services Generated by Sustainably Managed Forests and Plantations”,provides additional requirements necessary for certification and auditing, by qualified Certification Bodies, of Ecosystem Services (ES) of Sustainable Management in PEFC-certified forests and plantations in Italy.

Description of individual projects in the pilot areas

Union of Municipalities of Romagna Forlivese.

The identification of the areas of intervention within the "Fantella-Galeata" forest complex was carried out in collaboration with the University of Milan, indicating the areas having the greatest criticality with respect to the following risk factors: forest fire, hydrogeological instability and wind crashes. The intervention involved UdCs 19a and 27, of hectares 27.2122 and 13.1592, respectively, for which the current FMP provided the following interventions:

  • UdC 19a: intervention limited to coniferous forests close to roads. Urgent
  • UdC: maintenance of coppice governance in aged coppice, thinnings in transnsitory and irregular thickets. Urgent 1-2.

Guiding objective of the intervention was to reduce from forest fire risk. The executive project, prepared by Dr. Andrea Ghirelli of the Forest Management Service and approved by Determination No. 1464 of 06/12/2022 of the Head of the Service, planned to intervene on an area of about 10 hectares, divided as follows:

  1. Aged coppice predominantly of downy oak, with hornbeam and manna ash: sup. Ha. 3,9181;
  2. Young coniferous forests of artificial origin: sup. Ha. 2,6449;
  3. Irregular, predominantly black locust forest with abundant regeneration of native broadleaf trees: sup. Ha. 2,1283;
  4. Wooded strip along service road: sup. Ha. 0.6375;

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Project Contact


Scuola Sant'Anna Partner - LIFE CO2PES&PEF (lifeco2pefandpes.eu)


Piazza Martiri della Libertà, 33 () Italy




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