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BIODIVERSAMENTE CASTAGNO

An initiative created within the scope of the Regional Rural Development Programme RDP 2014-2020 - Operation Type 16.1.01 – Operational Groups of the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability – Focus Area 4A - Project BIODIVERSAMENTE CASTAGNO

BIODIVERSLY CHESTNUT “GUIDELINES FOR THE PRESERVATION AND PROMOTION OF CHESTNUT BIODIVERSITY IN EMILIA-ROMAGNA”

This three-year project was funded by the Emilia-Romagna Region for the purposes of Measure 16 of the RDP 2014-2020. BIODIVERSELY CHESTNUT came into being in response to the need to be aware of the biodiversity of chestnuts and their agro-ecosystem, as well as to promote the role of chestnut farmers as “guardians” of biodiversity and the territory. These objectives gave rise to the partnership between researchers, farms producing chestnuts, consortiums and associations of chestnut farmers, who created the official constitution of the operational group BIODIVERSLY CHESTNUT together before a notary. This is an important step towards better integration of the world of knowledge (Universities, research institutions) and the farming sector.

The project involves a collective study shared by the scientific community and chestnut producers to investigate the genetic variability of the chestnut germoplasm sampled at different sites in the Region. Soil from carefully selected sites which differed geo-pedologically, was studied using specific indices, such as biological quality (SBQ) and biological fertility index (BFI). Furthermore, this project aims to make the partner farms custodians of indigenous regional chestnut varieties, by grafting samples taken from field collections in Emilia-Romagna (Granaglione and Zocca) at their orchards. This is connected with the primary objective of the Operational Group, to test, identify and share the “guidelines for the study, preservation and promotion of chestnut biodiversity”.

The working method envisages a shared participatory approach in order to bring the results of research and the needs of the chestnut farmers closer together: an important step towards a “territorial culture” which also means a greater awareness of the role chestnut producers play in protecting environmental biodiversity.

FUNDING: RDP 2014-2020 EMILIA-ROMAGNA REGION Measure 16.1.01 – Operational Groups of the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability.

% FUNDING: 90% measure 16 Focus Area 4A - 80% measure 1
TOTAL COST: 173159.48 €
GRANT PERMITTED: 155694.73 €

With the contribution of EAFRD:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/IT/TXT/?uri=URISERV:l60032
REGULATION (UE) N. 1305/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND COUNCIL
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/IT/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32013R1305
 
Project start date: 15/07/2017; Project end date: 14/07/2020
 
BIODIVERSAMENTE CASTAGNO IOG Partnes:

I.Ter Soc. Coop. (Group leader)
Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna
Azienda Tizzano di Fogacci Stefano
Azienda Agricola La Martina di Degli Esposti Andrea
Azienda Agricola Antico Bosco di Canovi Daniele
Consorzio Castanicoltori dell'Appennino Bolognese
Consorzio Castanicoltori dell'Appennino Reggiano
Associazione Nazionale Città del Castagno

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