The Parco nazionale dell’ Appennino tosco-emiliano was established by a Presidential Decree on 21st of May 2001. It extends over 26.140 hectares and includes territories of two administrative Regions (Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna), 4 Province administrations and 14 municipalities. It includes four state natural reserves and 16 Natura 2000 sites.
The main purposes of the National Park are the conservation and valorisation of the natural heritage, the preservation and reconstruction of hydrogeologic balances and the promotion of local socio-economic activities.
Since its establishment the Park has implemented projects that aimed at the conservation and restoration of wildlife and plant species and ecosystems, the preservation of landscapes, the promotion of environmental education and training as well as low-impact recreational activities.
In addition, the Park has promoted the conservation and valorisation of traditional activities as an expression of cultural identity for the local communities. The technical and administrative staff of the park has gained specific experience in managing (technical and administrative management) as well as in coordinating actions of multi-partner projects, funded both by European financial instruments (LIFE, Italy-France Po-Maritime, Interreg , PSR, POR-FERS) and national (extraordinary funds of the Ministry of the Environment, regional funds and park budget funds).
In the period between 2008 and 2018, the National Park has been the coordinating beneficiary of n. 2 LIFE nature projects and associated partner of 4 other LIFE nature projects. Previously, a staff member took over the role of project manager for 2 other LIFE NATURA projects.