In Lombardy's Ticino Valley Park (Parco lombardo della valle del Ticino) reforestation and preservation programmes have been carried out over an area of 1,286,800 square metres, compensating for the emission of 3,607,000 kg of CO2.
Ticino Park, with its 91,410 hectares of parkland, is located alongside the Ticino river, which flows between Piedmont and Lombardy. It was established in 1974 and it is the oldest regional park in Italy. In 2002 UNESCO nominated it a “biosphere reserve”, an internationally recognised status given to those areas that promote sustainable use of natural resources.
Thanks to reforestation and preservation activities carried out in Ticino Park, wild cherry trees, aspens, maples, elms, ashes, hazels, hawthorns, and brooms have been planted. LifeGate assigns carbon credits generated by these forests in order to compensate for the residual emissions – already reduced thanks to specialised partners – of companies that adhere to Zero Impact®.
Fauna and flora
Ticino Park's flora and fauna is bound to the ever-changing life of the Ticino river. In this valley, home to great biodiversity, conifers live in harmony with plain forests, moorlands and damp areas. As for the fauna, it is not uncommon to bump into a fox, badger or roe deer, all recently reintroduced. Reptiles and amphibians can also be found.
What to do in Ticino Park
Walks, solo or guided excursions. Yet Ticino Park is not all about nature. It is surrounded by history: there are castles, churches, ancient farmsteads and mills. For those who love sports it is possible to rent a bike and ride alongside the canals, which are also navigable in a canoe.