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27/04/2016

The final outcomes of Ambrosiano project

The Ambrosiano project, which aimed at designing a feasibility study to improve the ecological connectivity between the Alto Milanese Park and the Ticino Park, came to an end. The field analysis carried out at the beginning of the project confirmed what has been assumed at the time of writing of the proposal, namely that the study area is severely degraded in terms of vegetation and wildlife.

Concerning vegetation, the partnership found that ecological fragmentation and the presence of non-native species grow gradually moving eastward from the Ticino Park. Concening wildlife, the study took into account those species capable of acting as indicator of the permeability of the corridor. Analyses on theriofauna (rate, roe deer, wild boar, red squirrel) have shown an ability to move up to two-thirds of the corridor, about 10 km from the Ticino Park. This further confirmed the high degree of fragmentation of the study area.

14 defragmentation measures have been identified to open up the corridor eastward and enhance its naturalness. These measures include specific actions to increase entomofauna, to overcome infrastructure barriers, to improve forests and to contrast the invasion of alien species. In addition, other actions aimed at improving the usability of the study area through communication materials and the improvement of infrastructure fruition have been designed.

 

The administrative, technical, economic and socio-political feasibility has been investigared as well. The analysis was conducted giving priority to those actions able to gain as much territory as possible ground eastward toward the Alto Milanese Park. The technical and administrative procedures to be undertaken to implement the interventions have been identified, as well as alternative sources of financing to those provided by Cariplo Foundation.

 

The response of the involved stakeholders has been very positive. In general, the political and social environment is receptive to the implementation of this feasibility study; considering the importance of the study area as potential pathway able to feed the Regional Ecological Network using the wide source of the Ticino Park, putting into practice the proposed measures would result in benefits for the whole Lombard biodiversity.