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Isola Polvese

Practice on:

Public-private partnership in natural (and protected) areas.

Practical details:
NUTS 2: ITE2 Umbria
Start date:
Type of initiative:  public-private partnership
Description of the practice:

The good practice demonstrates that public-private partnership is fruitful in particular to obtain sustainable development of economical activities in natural-protected areas.

Polvese Island practice is linked to Perugia province public policies aiming to preserve and to exploit natural areas.

This practice is about the collaboration between Perugia province and three private cooperatives in managing economical activities on a protected area: Polvese Island. They signed an agreement in which the Province engages in giving public buildings, and other facilities to the three cooperatives: "Aurora Cooperative" which is involved in catering sector, "Il Progresso Cooperative" which manages olive oil production on the island and "Plestina Cooperative" which is involved in environmental education activities, aimed especially to scholarship (in the future on the island there will be developed also sport activities: kitesurf and sailing school).  Thanks to this agreement Perugia Province wanted:

(1) to guarantee (and to monitor) sustainable development of economical activities in a natural side;

(2) to increase new kind of tourism (environmental,  eco-tourism, sport-tourism);

(3) to make alive a natural area through letting people enter a protected area and through continuous monitoring of biological parameters;

(4) to increase induced development for other economical operators.

The stakeholders involved in this practice are: Perugia Province (public authority), the three private cooperatives (beneficiaries of direct economical inputs), the ferry boat company (beneficiary of indirect economical inputs) , bars and restaurants in the embarkation areas (beneficiaries of indirect economical inputs).

Evidence of success
Biological/biodiversity values:

The biological aspect of the Polvese Island is constitued by: wetland and forest. The wetland is formed by a strip of hydrophytes that surround the island in a discontinuous way: the maximum amplitude on the eastern and southern sides (about 50 meters) thins out consistently on the North due to the increased steepness of the banks and the nature rocky - pebble fund. The forest covers an area that extends for about 25% of the total area of the northest part of the island. The plant species are Mediterranean species: oaks, flowering ash and buckthorn, in the undergrowth viturno, laurel, holly and privet. The lake has always represented an important area for waterfowl wintering, resting and reproduction, and for a perfect habitat for fish species live and reproduce.

Visual impact and recreational value:

Polvese Island is linked with visual heritage it preserves interesting historical legacies, such as S.Secondo Monastry, S.Giuliano Church, and a 14th century castle. Also remarkable is the Water Plants Garden. Recently, the Castle was restored, in order to use it also for didactic-cultural aims (theater, exhibitions, etc.).Moreover "Plestina Cooperative" manages many recreational activities aimed to tourists and to scholarship, such as: educational routes to discover nature, history, endogastronomy of the island. Once a year in October there is the event “Open House at the Oil Mills” during which people enter mill and taste olive oil just compressed.

Cultural heritage:

Polvese Island and Trasimeno Lake in general are in a strict connection with cultural heritage, thanks to fishermen, they are the true character of the Trasimeno, which have always animated and alive with their particular boats plowing the waters of the lake, defying even the most terrible storms, are the true keepers of the secrets of this special natural treasure. Their dedication to these waters, usually passed from father to son, their knowledge of lunar phases, has always made these mythical figures or particularly into the surrounding natural-lake. It's possible still enjoy the presence of characters intent on repairing the nets and mowing the canes.

Environmental impact:

Activities above-mentioned have got a good impact on the environment, as a matter of fact Perugia Province constantly monitor biological and environmental parameters on the island. For example

(1) Perugia Province put some bath boxes on the island to monitor bat populations (bats are an ecological parameter about safeness of an area).

(2) Perugia province manages natural treatment of wastewater using phytodepuration systems.

(3) Perugia province has promoted since 1998 wintering waterbird census (IWC programme) at Lake Trasimeno.

Economic viability:

Perugia Province use its own funds to manage Polvese Island. In the past Perugia Province together with local public authority managed a Life Nature project on"Habitat Restoration and Conservation Herons on Lake Trasimeno", thanks to this project they restored 12 ha of alluvial forests along banks.

Transferibility of this practice is quite high, in particular it's possible to transfer the "public-private collaboration" approach aimed to natural areas preservation and development.

Contact details:
Name: Ing. Gianluca Paggi
Organisation: Perugia Province
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Completed on: 29.07.2011
Date added: 6.9.2011  Hits: 189
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