With the approval of the new regional forest regulation, the Umbria Region has achieved the objective of reordering and modernising forest legislation, joining the administrations that concretely promote sustainable forest management.

The aim is to strengthen the role of forests in mitigating climate change, ensuring water quality, preserving biodiversity and providing woody and non-woody products, providing decisive support for regional development strategies geared towards the green economy.

On 23-4-2020 a Skype Call was held between the UCT technicians Louis Montagnoli – Paolo Burini and two researchers of the Department of Engineering of the University of Perugia, Fabio Bianconi and Marco Filippucci, on the project of redevelopment of the site of Pietrafitta in Trasimeno Area (formerly Plant of Enel – National Electricity Authority).

This is an area currently not cultivated with ponds, which is thought to be transformed into a wood-burning area to create a wood production chain with strictly local economic, touristic and social activities within it.

This would allow the maximum use of local human resources with the aim of creating new jobs in a predominantly agricultural area. The idea is to create a horizontal forest (high stem) with paths, areas of use (slowtourism, trekking, picnics, bike paths, sport fishing, seaplanes, etc.). Wood production would have two purposes, industrial and renewable energy (biomass).

The logic is always that of circularity and “zero km” (recovery, reuse, short supply chain).

A theoretical model of enhancement will be proposed that closely enmitate the environment, territory, rural and
urban population, for a decisive change in terms of eco-sustainability.

This fits fully into LIVERUR‘s design objectives.

Written by: Paolo Burini – UCT.