LIFE Sic2Sic - In bici attraverso la Rete Natura 2000 italiana

LIFE16 GIE/IT/000700

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Contact details:

Contact person: MATTEO LENER
Tel: 0650074111
Email: matteo.lener@isprambiente.it

Project description:


In Italy, the Natura 2000 network comprises 2 756 sites, covering around 21% of the country’s territory. Many of these Natura 2000 network sites are seriously threatened by degradation, fragmentation of habitats, the introduction of invasive alien species, and the overexploitation of resources and species. All these elements together endanger local natural heritage. The threat is also partly attributable to the lack of general awareness of the importance of Natura 2000 sites among citizens and to the lack of an effective and proactive dialogue between citizen and institutions.


Objectives: The LIFE Sic2Sic project aims to promote citizen participation in the protection of biodiversity in Italy’s Natura 2000 network, by focusing on bicycling. The project team will establish a network of cycling routes in 169 Italian Natura 2000 sites, comprising a total distance of 6 000 km in 7 regions representative of different Italian biogeographic, natural, cultural and socio-economic realities. The direct involvement of cyclists, together with the project’s Learning by Cycling events, represents both an unconventional model of communication (“guerrilla marketing”) and a tool to stimulate citizens to be actively involved in and more aware of the protection of Natura 2000 network sites. The marked routes will also help establish a direct contact between citizens and local institutional actors, associations and business activities, to ensure a wider participation in the planning of an integrated management of the protected areas. The project will organise a series of regional and national events to support a process of valorisation of the role of Natura 2000 network sites, involving all decision-makers responsible for their governance. The project will help Italy achieve its EU 2020 strategy targets, paying particular attention to the priority objectives of protecting, preserving and improving natural capital; transforming the EU into a low-carbon, resource-efficient, greener and more competitive actor; improving environmental integration and policy coherence; and improving the sustainability of EU cities.

Expected results:

  • At least 10 000 citizens/cyclists, and an additional 10 000 young students, reached through 100 stages of the cycling network, and another 1 million through the Above The Line (ATL) and Below The Line (BTL) communication tools;
  • 100 cycling routes crossing the 169 Natura 2000 sites established (about 6 000 km) with panels providing information on local environmental characteristics and sustainable tourism opportunities;
  • Seven regional networks of green-oriented enterprises established;
  • At least 1 000 guides for the development of green oriented activities downloaded;
  • At least 2 000 citizens/cyclists and 2 000 young students trained to be active in data collection, with an additional 10 000 citizens/cyclists and 10 000 secondary school students trained through “direct contamination” and 1 000 citizens/cyclists and 1 000 students trained by publicising the application promoted in the project;
  • At least 1 000 university students trained and active through the 100 stages of the cycling route, 10 000 university students trained by “direct contamination” and 1 000 university students trained by publicising the application promoted in the project;
  • Interaction between at least 140 institutional, associative, entrepreneurial and territorial actors fostered during seven regional events;
  • Implementation of digital tools focused on participatory policy; and
  • Development of at least 15 practices supporting sustainable development leading to local agreements between stakeholders.

  • Results


Environmental issues addressed:

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale
Type of organisation Research institution
Description The Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA) was founded in 2008 to replace the former agency for environmental protection and the national institute for wildlife. ISPRA carries out research and implements environmental monitoring programmes.


Project reference LIFE16 GIE/IT/000700
Duration 01-SEP-2017 to 01-FEB -2020
Total budget 1,197,979.00 €
EU contribution 715,039.00 €
Project location Piemonte(Italia) Valle d'Aosta(Italia) Liguria(Italia) Lombardia(Italia) Trentino-Alto Adige(Italia) Veneto(Italia) Friuli-Venezia Giulia(Italia) Emilia-Romagna(Italia) Toscana(Italia) Umbria(Italia) Marche(Italia) Lazio(Italia) Campania(Italia) Abruzzo(Italia) Molise(Italia) Puglia(Italia) Basilicata(Italia) Calabria(Italia) Sicilia(Italia) Sardegna(Italia)


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