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Territorial Programme of Paspardo

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Capriolo - foto di M.Canziani(IT, DE) The village of Paspardo is located in the central-eastern part of the valley Valle Camonica, in the southern Rhaetian Alps, partly included in the Adamello Regional Park and partly in the neighboring Nature Reserve of Rock Engravings of Ceto, Cimbergo and Paspardo, about 1,000 m above sea level.

Its name seems to derive from "pascuum aridum", which means barren pasture, to emphasize the harsh environment that local communities have always had to face.

Located at the foot of the imposing Pizzo Badile camuno, surrounded by the Conca del Volano with the impervious needles of the Tredenus right in front of the beautiful Concarena, it boasts the presence of centuries-old chestnut trees and numerous sites of primary importance in the wide range of rock art in Valle Camonica.

In particular, it stands out the presence - the only one in the Valley – of big warriors from the  VI cent. BC, between 90 and 140 cm high, of the less rare "shovels" dating back to a broad period that reaches the mid-Iron Age (beginning of the V cent. BC), of some topographic representations from the IV cent. BC, as well as of about one third of the representations of the symbolic Rosa Camuna in Valle Camonica and of the famous deer from the Iron Age, in the middle of hunting scenes or, less often, of ritual mounts, as also found in Poland and Austria.

Nowadays, the meadows and terraced fields have almost entirely disappeared, swallowed up by cool forests trying to hide centuries of slow domestication of the mountain and the hard work of generations to leave space, instead, to breathtaking views of the valley and to more contemplative and recreational acquaintances, such as walking, mountain biking or snowshoeing.

Several easy hiking routes lead to the discovery of ancient chestnut woods, which explain the presence in Paspardo of the Consortium of the Chestnut headquarters, and to the engravings sites. Higher routes lead instead through deciduous and coniferous forests to high-altitude pastures.
Very interesting is also the route through the ancient, surprising center of the village, enriched by historic portals and interesting examples of rural architecture.

In this land, Uomo e Territorio Pro Natura, together with the Municipality of Paspardo, the Consortium of the Chestnut, the keepers of huts and mountain dairies, and the economic operators in the catering and hospitality establishment, has given birth to a territorial programme aiming at the protection of the territory and at its development through the consolidation of sustainable local communities, for the present and future generations.

In particular, this project of territorial sustainability, which foresees a shared vision and a permanent work group, is based on the following topics:

• (biodiversity) fight against poaching, monitoring and restocking of ungulate populations, protection of large carnivores, re-naturalization of abandoned marginal agricultural areas, monitoring of populations of Galliformes
• (agriculture) preservation and enhancement of local products, restoration of terraced lawns, support to local farms for the renovation of buildings, diversification of the services and promotion / distribution of products
• (activities and hospitality) classification, organization and maintenance of the hiking routes network; creation of new online and offline communication tools; cultural activities; training of tour operators; recovery of disused estate properties for the purpose of structuring a spread hospitality service; coordination of the local tourist offer
• (volunteering) involvement of volunteers for the preservation and enhancement of local resources.

Come and enjoy this unique landscape and its natural, historical and cultural heritage, and support a laboratory for alpine sustainability which is unique in the world, as its engravings.

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