Forest Pasture System Management Italy

Active forest pasture management understood as supporting sustainable planning and management, guarantees the maintenance of multiple forest-pasture functions (e.g. economy, environment, biodiversity conservation and hazard protection).


Primiero Valley

Primiero Valley towards the Pale di San Martino (Dolomites) as seen from Vette Feltrine, on the border between Trentino and Veneto.

Author: Ruggero Alberti, who works for PAT (the Italian practice partner).

Colbricon lakes

Colbricon lakes from Cima Cavallazza

Author: Ruggero Alberti, who works for PAT (the Italian practice partner).


Biogeographical Region

Mediterranean, South

Ecosystem Services

Water regulation, natural hazards protection, tourism and recreation

Initial Pioneer Innovations

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Innovation Stage



  • What is the innovation about?

    Where the forest begins to disappear, when it reaches its natural altitude limit, the mountain gives way to herbaceous surfaces, large open areas that man has over the centuries learned to use as a space available for grazing livestock. In the Province of Trento, a wise management of the territory aimed at preventing the abandonment of mountains has ensured that areas between woodland and pasture became an uninterrupted continuum. In fact, the two environments blend together to become wooded pastures that can sustain both wood production and grazing. The innovation pursues an active forest-pasture management and is based on two preconditions. In the forest, the Province of Trento adopts a close-to-nature silviculture approach aiming to foster natural regeneration, to improve structure and composition, and to keep production levels constant over time, allowing the forest to provide other functions beyond the productive one. As part of the management of the pastures, it promotes livestock breeding in order to maintain the production activities related to the mountain grazing. Interventions of environmental improvement so far have varied according to interests (economic, biological-naturalistic, cultural, landscape) and objectives (woods, pastures). 

    As part of the project, the Autonomous Province of Trento wants to try to introduce an integrated resource management approach by stimulating a new way of thinking by landowners, a different interpretation of the forest-rural pattern, moving from single to multiowner-multiyear interventions or initiatives based on multiland and multifuntion approach. The goal is to favour projects that sustain more than one function of the wood / pasture, to promote a long-term planning distributed over time and space. This can be achieved through actions at the technical level, by proposing a range of interventions with different priority outcomes, the social level, by finding shared objectives, preferences, interests, goods, and the economic level, by evaluating financing types and mechanisms.


News and Events

Our Forest Our Future: Sustainable forest management to address societal challenges

25 April 2019 / Seminar

Kick-off meeting InnoForESt

27 November 2017 / associative partner

Around 45 experts from the forestry sector representing 17 institutions gathered for the first time in Berlin to welcome the InnoForESt, a H2020 Innovation Action project.

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