Socio-Ecological Systems and the chestnut value chain in Northern Apennines

Nov 3, 2021

(Photo credit: Francesco Felici from University of Pisa)
The Northern Apennines regional Multi-Actor Platform (MAP) held a workshop on 16 October 2021.

The workshop provided an opportunity to bring together local and regional stakeholders and further work on the chestnut flour value chain. This value chain was selected because chestnuts are collected and processed by small farms that have a high territorial identity value.

The session was attended by local and regional authorities, farmers, land managers, researchers and associations.

The main objective of the workshop was to assess to what extent the different components of the selected drivers of change (precipitation, temperature, demographic change) might affect the susceptibility of the reference variable over the next 20 years. The reference variable of this value chain is the productivity of the different chestnut varieties.

In preparation for the workshop, information was collected on the structure and dynamics of the chestnut value chain and the sensitivity of the socio-ecological system to external threats. Before this workshop, 5 interviews and 12 online surveys were conducted with landowners, producers and producer associations, and local decision-makers.

The participants discussed the identification and description of the adaptive capacity of the system to the impact of droughts, floods, pest diseases and chestnut depopulation until 2040.

It was concluded that there is a need to increase the relationship between the different actors in order to increase the adaptive capacity of the socio-ecological system.

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