Reforestation in Italy

In addition to supporting international projects in India, Brazil, Nicaragua and Uganda, Fastweb is also committed to improving the Italian territory: this is why it has decided to collaborate with AzzeroCO2 and Legambiente on the national Mosaico Verde campaign, an important project to reforest and protect a number of Italian cities.

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Fastweb is committed to reforesting the suburbs of Italian cities together with AzzeroCO2 and Legambiente as part of the Mosaico Verde project. Green areas are necessary to improve air quality, to create leisure areas in which to play and relax and because they protect the biodiversity of plants and animals, reduce noise and mitigate heat.

We have already planted the first 15,000 trees and shrubs in Milano (Porto di Mare Park and Vettabbia Park), Roma (Cellulosa Park, Via Colombo Park, Mostacciano area), Bari (ASI Urban Park, via Minervino Park, Mola di Bari), Catania (Ulivi Park) and Torino (Piemonte Park), Pomigliano d’Arco (via Giuseppe Campanale), Pescara (via Celestino V), Cagliari (Municipalità di Pirri).

Area Porto di Mare – Rogoredo
Area Porto di Mare - Rogoredo

The Porto di Mare area, located in the south of Milan in an urbanised area between the city boundary and the Corvetto district, has a history of being used as a landfill for solid urban waste from 1973 to 1981. The area lies almost entirely within the perimeter of the Parco Agricolo Sud Milano and preserves important landscape elements and wildlife features of high naturalistic value that are recognised and protected at regional and national level. Since October 2017, the Municipality of Milan and the association Italia Nostra, with its Urban Forestation Centre, have been engaged in redevelopment work, which aims to recover the degraded area and make it usable for residents by planting new trees, consolidating the cycle and pedestrian paths, restoring the pond and grassland areas and cleaning up at least 50% of the area of the waste accumulated over the years.

Fastweb has therefore chosen to contribute to the redevelopment of this park by planting 2,000 trees, on a section of this area, which as they grow will improve the landscape and create shady areas to make the park more usable in summer.

Milan - Vettabbia Park
Milan - Vettabbia Park

The area of intervention is located within the Vettabbia Park, managed by the non-profit social enterprise Soulfood Forestfarms, which operates as a global accelerator for socio-environmental regeneration through the implementation of complex agroforestry systems and the involvement of citizens and companies in the field of CSR.

The area is set and acts as a boundary between the urban area and the countryside, a symbol of urban regeneration: from the construction of the Fondazione Prada and the Fastweb headquarters to the reopening of the farmsteads in the surrounding urban area and the creation of new social spaces for locals. By planting 1,000 plants, Fastweb wants to create a noise, dust and wind barrier and help absorb CO2. Species used: Field maple, black alder, wild apple, English oak, privet, white poplar, hawthorn.

Fastweb's reforestation projects are implemented in suburban or park areas, suitable for the creation of a real forest, or in urban areas suitable for the creation of a recreational space.

Thanks to a collaboration with AzzeroCO2 and Legambiente, the projects respond to the principles of biodiversity conservation with the use of different species, soil consolidation and stabilisation, the use of native species typical of the geographical area, landscape improvement, and community usability.

Quali sono i benefici?
Air quality
Maples, Turkey oaks, hackberry trees, linden trees and ash trees are among the most frequently used tree species in the city due to their ability to capture particulates and CO2.
Noise reduction
Some species of trees are used as noise barriers, especially near busy roads.
The creation of green areas enhances the land, which is sometimes disused or in a state of disrepair, making it more pleasant and improving the life of the surrounding neighbourhood.
Pockets of heat
Green areas, especially in built-up areas, help to mitigate air temperature in the summer season, reducing local overheating.
The use of different species of trees and shrubs promotes plant and animal biodiversity.

Forested areas become spaces where young people and the community can gather and socialise where it is possible to reconnect with nature.

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