Luni, its archaeological area, the Roman amphitheater, the medieval villages and its Vermentino hills, enter the Unesco Man and the Biosphere program.
The MAB program, which just this year turns 50, was born to promote, on a basis
science, a balanced relationship between man and the environment through the protection of biodiversity e
good practices of sustainable development. The worldwide Network currently includes 727
Biosphere reserves (including 22 cross-border) in 131 countries. In Italy there are 20.
Luni is the first municipality in Liguria to join the Unesco MAB program.
“Entering this worldwide network – explains the mayor of Luni Alessandro Silvestri – it does not involve costs for the territory, nor constraints. It is an ethical and voluntary pact that commits us to sustainable use
of natural resources, a model of equitable economic and social development, a promotion of
cultural values and traditional practices with an eye, above all, towards young people.
Being part of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine Biosphere Reserve gives us prestige, because
we become a Unesco territory. It gives us opportunities because the MAB is primarily a pact of
local collaboration within a worldwide network “.
The Biosphere Reserve of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines was born in 2015 with an area of
over 223 thousand hectares, 38 municipalities in two regions, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. This year
Unesco has approved the extension to an area that has become over 490 thousand hectares and 80
Municipalities, including the Ligurian municipality of Luni.
“For our Biosphere Reserve – says the coordinator Fausto Giovanelli, president of the National Park – Luni is an important enrichment: it represents a point of reference, a vertex, a door that since the ancient Romans knew how to play a central role as the ancient testimonies remind us and as the name of the lands of Lunigiana underlines. What we seal today is a pact, an opening of relations between the hinterland and the sea, the Apennines and the Tyrrhenian coast. This represents a step forward for our communities that network and are ready to share projects and best practices ».