Topic of the practice
Enhancing local woods by sharing, developing and promoting local wood crafts and local timber use.
Good Practice Information
The aim of El Wood is to encourage a strong interaction between the Park and the local community operators involved in tourism, economic and cultural activities linked to the forestry system, thereby creating a network of private initiatives and public powers to meet the demands of the territory. This is achieved by:
o local crafts with young people;
o knowledge between craftsmen, and between craftsmen and
o ther local wood professionals;
o the importance of local wood use.
o by the identification of wood workers’ needs;
o by combining local wood transformers and implementing common and efficient tools;
o by identifying new products or strengthening traditional ones;
o by encouraging local public bodies to create new local markets.
o by organising common and large-scale marketing campaigns;
o through exhibits, fairs and etc. among citizens, tourists and people from other territories and among local stakeholders;
o by encouraging young people who have the potential to become the craftsmen of tomorrow
ELWOOD has been created in cooperation between four organizations: The regional natural Park Périgord-Limousin (lead partner - Limousin), the regional natural Park of Aveto (Liguria), the regional natural Park of Portofino (Liguria) and the municipality of Siculeni (Hargitha). The project was implemented in the Aveto Park, Liguria, Italy.
Evidence of success
The concept of the project is useful for regions with similar environmental and socio-economic situations looking to revitalise rural areas through sustainable forestry.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Paolo Cresta (director of the Park),
Parco Naturale Regionale dell’Aveto