Our Park was awarded UNESCO's Man and Biosphere designation for our commitment to improving relationships between our people and the environment
The Park's Designation
In June 2015, the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park was honored to receive the prestigious UNESCO status of Man and Biosphere Reserve. The reserve encompasses the entire Park as well as 21 additional municipalities. Together, our reserve is committed to conserving, developing, and learning about nature's dynamic connection to man in order to inspire a positive future.
what it encompassesArea:
- 223,229 hectares (551,610 acres)
- (4.5% Core, 11.5% Buffer, 84% Transition)**
Within the Park: 13 municipalities
Within the MaB UNESCO site: 34 municipalities
Municipalities within the MaB UNESCO reserve
- Reggio Emilia: Baiso, Ventasso*, Canossa, Carpineti, Casina, Castelnovo ne' Monti*, Toano, Vetto, Vezzano, Villa Minozzo*
- Parma: Berceto, Calestano, Corniglio*, Monchio delle Corti*, Langhirano, Lesignano, Neviano degli Arduini, Palanzano, Tizzano Val Parma
- Modena: Frassinoro
- Massa Carrara: Bagnone*, Casola in Lunigiana, Comano*, Filattiera*, Fivizzano*, Fosdinovo, Licciana Nardi*, Villafranca in Lunigiana
- Lucca: Castelnuovo Garfagnana, Giuncugnano-Sillano*, Piazza al Serchio, Pieve Fosciana, San Romano in Garfagnana*, Villa Collemandina*
*13 Municipalities that are within Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park
**Under one biosphere reserve there are three distinct zones: the core area, buffer zone and transition area. The core area is the most strictly protected territory and is responsible for the conservation of landscapes, ecosystems, species and genetic variation. The buffer zone is located around the core area and is used for activities compatible with sound ecological practices that can strengthen scientific research, monitoring, training and education. The transition area is the external part of the reserve where the maximum number of activities are permitted that promote sustainable economic and human development.