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Storm VAIA hit the north of Italy

A video produced by Compagnia delle Foreste with the collaboration of Giorgio Vacchiano (Pro Silva Italia).

A month after the storm Vaia, which hit the eastern central Alps provoking thousands of hectares of windfalls in the forests of Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, Lombardy and Friuli Venezia Giulia, Compagnia delle Foreste presents a video dedicated to the territories injured by Vaia storm.

The video was made in collaboration with Giorgio Vacchiano, member of Pro Silva Italia and researcher at the University of Milan, recognized in 2018 by the prestigious journal Nature as one of the 11 scholars in the world able to "leave their mark".

The film starts from a book of vintage photos dating back to 1917, which shows the extensive clear cuts that, during the First World War, were made in the Casentino Forests (Tuscany), now National Park and territory recognized as one of the most beautiful in Italy. The protagonists return to the places immortalised by vintage photos to show how, one hundred years after those events of great impact, the forest has returned.

Some of the vintage photographs strongly recall images of windfall collapses in the North-East italian regions. Hence the parallelism with the current emergency situation of the alpine forests, which need to be reconstituted by professionalism able to restore them and then manage them better, in the context of climate change.

A hope message for the affected areas: if we invest well today, we are sure, the forest will return better than before.

Here we also present some infographics on forest storms in Europe and Italy in the last decades, made by Compagnia delle foreste (

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The video has been patronaged by numerous associations and organizations in the forest and environmental sector as:

  • SISEF - Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology
  • CONAF - Council of the National Order of Agronomists and Forestry Doctors
  • Pro Silva Italia
  • FSC
  • PEFC
  • WWF
  • Legambiente
  • LIPU
  • Terra Onlus
  • International Model Forest Network
  • Model Forest of the Florentine Mountains
  • CONAIBO - National Coordination of Forest Enterprises
  • AIEL - Italian Association of Agroforestal Energies
  • Fiper - Italian federation of renewable energy producers
  • FederLegnoArredo - Italian wood industries association
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