Landscape Planning and Participatory Process ('Conca project')

Project information

Index: 1051R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Biodiversity and preservation of natural heritage (including air quality)
Location ITALY NORD-EST Bologna Emilia-Romagna Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2007
End: 2010

Topic of the practice

The involvement of inhabitants in decision-making on the occasion of a 'Landscape and Environmental Improvment Plan', a plan regarding landscape conservation.

Good Practice Information

The Conca project was developed with the active involvement of citizens. It delivered a unitary project for the valley, made of concrete actions (the Main Green Ring - system of greenways), integrated managerial proposals (the Protected Landscape of the Conca River), the activation of local stakeholders (from art workshops to the maintenance of the area) and of events ("A passo d’uomo festival").
The public bodies involved in the project were the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Emilia-Romagna Regional Government, Rimini Provincial Government and 12 Municipalities. These bodies also financed the project. The local communities were invited to participate to the project, through a participatory process open to inhabitants and cultural, environmental, employers’ associations.

Evidence of success

The technical consultants (landscape planners and designers, architects, communicators) were able to manage the necessity to carry on the project together with the whole range of public bodies and the inhabitants. They succeeded in mediating between the several different perspectives on the topic. The project was able to make the territory attractive because of its identity and recognizability.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Elena Farnè

Regione Emilia-Romagna, Servizio pianificazione urbanistica, Paesaggio e uso sostenibile del territorio

Annex completed on: 03-13-2015

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