The forest complex falls within the “Model Forest of the Florentine Mountains”, the first and for now the only Italian reality accredited by an international network that aims to improve the integration and sustainability of forest and land management. Here the
since 1922 tons of carbon dioxide absorbed every year are over 650 thousand and the community can benefit from parking areas and lay-bys, which also host events and activities, in an area corresponding to approximately 2,400 football fields.
«The verification of ecosystem services – says the Director of Ersaf – represents the recognition of a commitment for which we have spent years. In the future it will certainly be extended to other aspects as well. Certification is an important tool to increase citizens’ awareness of the value of forests, and a possibility to attract resources for the maintenance and improvement of the benefits offered to the whole society ».
“We are convinced that the certification of ecosystem services represents an effective tool to make all citizens understand the multiplicity of functions performed by forests, and a way to demonstrate how active forest management can enhance these functions for the benefit of the whole community, local and global ”explains Toni Ventre, manager of the management, defense and use of the territory of the Union of Municipalities Valdarno and Valdisieve.
Thanks to the FSC procedure, Italy was the first nation in the world to certify, in February 2019, the five main natural services offered by woods and forests: conservation of biodiversity; improvement of water quality and quantity; soil conservation; increased carbon storage and sequestration; improvement of tourist-re-creative services. The first certified forests are those of some small owners of lowland forest areas united in the Waldplus group. A few months later, the verification of the poplar groves of a company between Mantua and Parma.