Coordinating Beneficiary


Ente di gestione per i Parchi e la Biodiversità-Romagna (MAR)

EPB-R was established by regional law of Emilia-Romagna 23 December 2011, n. 24. EPB-R manages the regional protected areas (one Natural Park, three Natural Reserves), the Natura 2000 sites (12 SCI, 4 SPA) and the conservation of biological and geological diversity in the eastern territory of the Emilia-Romagna region, from the Romagna Apennines to the Adriatic Sea. EPB-R is also responsible for nature conservation, sustainable tourism and environmental education in all the area of jurisdiction, whom territorial systems presents some well-characterized and high-interest nature, landscape and territorial. The Park Vena del Gesso Romagnola is managed by EPB-R, it is located in the hilly area straddling the provinces of Bologna and Ravenna and contains an outcrop of the Messinian gypsum of extreme geological interest and natural beauty that stretches across the valleys for about 25 km, and some areas of clay ravines or marlyarenaceous hills surrounding.

The gypsum outcrop creates precipitous and spectacular cliffs facing south, with Mediterranean character (maquis of the habitat 9340); the northern slopes are completely covered with forests (Quercur pubescens, Ostrya carpinifolia, Fraxinus ornus are the dominant species, with Acer campestre and Carpinus orientalis) of the habitat 91AA*. The whole area is characterized by widespread karst and host rich bats populations, with rare breeding species such as Rhinolophus euryale. The Natural Reserve Onferno is similar to the Park Vena del Gesso, but closer to the Adriatic Sea. The Natural Reserves Bosco della Frattona and Bosco di Scardavilla are protecting two important residual of the forests of low Apennine, with Quercus petreae, Quercus pubescens, Carpinus betulus, a local very rare forest type (habitat 91L0). The four areas have high natural value and they are Site of Community Importance (92/43/EEC directive) and the Vena del Gesso is also a Special Protected Area (09/147/EU directive).