Ente Parchi Emilia Occidentale

Parks and Biodiversity Management Authority – Western Emilia (“Ente Parchi Emilia Occidentale”) is a public authority which deals with nature conservation, promoting sustainable agriculture and environmental education, and enhancing typical and quality products.

This public authority manages a wide natural area (more than 62.000 ha) which includes five regional Parks (Boschi di Carrega, Cento Laghi, Stirone and Piacenziano, Taro, Trebbia), and the four Reserves (Torrile and Trecasali, Ghirardi, Monte Prinzera, Parma Morta) in the territory of twenty-two municipalities. The area is located in the district of Parma and Piacenza (Emilia Romagna Region), northern Italy.

“Ente Parchi Emilia Occidentale” deals with:

  • management and conservation of landscapes, habitats (rivers, wetlands and forests), species and architectural heritage
  • sustainable tourism and fruition through a network of trails and visitor centers
  • environmental education projects and activities in collaboration with citizens and schools
  • enhancement of sustainable agriculture and typical products
  • volunteering and citizens’ participation

The “Ente Parchi Emilia Occidentale” staff counts approximately 28 people, technical and administrative employees, organized in different areas: Institutional affairs, tourism, communication and marketing, Public works and land use planning, Wildlife management and Security Guard, Storage, Research and Monitoring Services, Environmental and Sustainable Education, European
Project and Fisheries management. The experience gained by the staff in over twenty years of parks and regional reserves management in the areas of Biodiversity conservation, Environmental Education and the promotion of sustainable land policy ensures that “Ente Parchi Emilia Occidentale” has the ability and expertise to tackle complex projects with transversal characteristics.