The Prealpi Giulie Nature Park

The Prealpi Giulie Nature Park


The second volume in the series “Sustainable Paths” - Promoted by Snam in collaboration with Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper - is dedicated to the Prealpi Giulie Nature Park.

Il primo progetto inaugurato

Legambiente - progetto

The Sustainable Paths series stems from the intention to publicize the company’s commitment to environmental protection, vegetational and morphological restoration, the best practices that distinguish the work methods adopted by Snam. The book illustrates, in particular, two aspects: some of the landscape and natural beauties of Italy and, at the same time, how energy infrastructure can be integrated into them. The volume describes the experience gained by Snam and the Prealpi Giulie Nature Park in constructing a major energy structure, the Malborghetto-Bordano methane pipeline through which gas is transported from Russia to Italy.

Accompanied by images of the natural beauty, the volume explains how the laying of infrastructure can be compatible with the restoration of the original landscape and a conservation of the environment and the ecosystems. A theme of particular interest in Snam that, following criteria of sustainability and environmental protection, laid pipelines through 33 SCI (Sites of Community Importance), 18 Regional Parks, 4 National Parks (Foreste Casentinesi, Maiella, Appennino Lucano Val d’Agri Lagonegrese, Pollino) leaving the areas crossed unchanged, where not improved.

The “Sustainable Paths” series is, at the same time, a method through which Snam intends to enhance the value of the areas on the basis of a model of shared value aimed at creating opportunities for both the company and the areas in which it operates with the objective of promoting sustainable development.

Book’s presentation at Salone di Torino

The Prealpi Giulie Nature Park

The only one of its kind, a perfect place for man to mingle with the environment, nature and culture: this is the Prealpi Giulie Nature Park, the only transnational protected area in Italy, its eastern part extending across the border with Slovenia into Triglav National Park. Its area of just under 100 km2 comprises a concentration of flora and fauna that has no equal in any other natural environment in the Old Continent. A decisive contribution, from this point of view, comes from its privileged position, situated between three large bio-geographical regions of Europe: the Mediterranean, Alpine and Illyrian regions. At first glance and with the aid of a map, the Park may be divided from the geographical point of view into four macro-areas: the Massif of Mount Plauris, the Musi mountain range, the upper valley of Resia and Mount Canin.

The works

The Malborghetto-Bordano methane pipeline was potentiated in order to meet the country’s growing energy requirement and represents an example of economic and social development, achieved giving great consideration to the safeguarding of the environment and the interests of the local populations. One section of the pipeline runs through what is now the Nature Reserve of the Alba Valley, a protected area the management of which was assigned by the Regional Council to the company responsible for managing the Prealpi Giulie Nature Park. Snam followed the project closely throughout, from the study phase through to the environmental restoration works and monitoring of the effects of the work on the flora and fauna. The operations performed in Alba Valley again were not limited to the mere completion of the work. In fact, the work was not considered actually completed until the restoration works on the landscape, vegetation and other ecological features had been carried out.
Also in this case, to make this all possible, Snam based its operations on high levels of scientific competence with a multidisciplinary approach.

The Malborghetto-Bordano Methane Pipeline

It all began at the end of the nineties, when the need arose to modernize the pipeline supplying natural gas from Russia. This led to the idea of a new project to add a third pipeline, which was largely to follow the route of the pipelines already in operation so as to minimize its impact on the environment. Under these conditions, using a tried and tested “corridor”, it only took one year to complete the works.
Completion of the works was followed by a final phase that consisted in restoring the initial natural environmental conditions, so as to favour a rapid return of the flora and fauna. In order to fully assess the results obtained, Snam commissioned local research workers to certify the evolution of the flora and the presence of the fauna by monitoring the soil, the vegetation and the most representative animal species.

The Malborghetto-Bordano Methane Pipeline on Flickr


Independent's Corner (Pad 2)

The journalist and blogger Luca Conti presents Sustainable Paths. The Prealpi Giulie Nature Park, published by Il Sole 24 Ore in collaboration with Snam. A dialogue with him will be the writer Giorgio Caponetti (Marcos y Marcos). Speakers Giampiero Sammuri (Federparchi), Stefano Di Bernardo (Park of the Julian Alps), Domenico Negrini (Snam) and Matia Bonato (Bicycles Rossignoli Milan).



Il giornalista e blogger Luca Conti presenta Sentieri sostenibili. Il parco delle Prealpi Giulie, edito da Il sole 24 ore in collaborazione con Snam A dialogare con lui sarà lo scrittore Giorgio Caponetti (Marcos y Marcos). Intervengono Giampiero Sammuri (Federparchi), Stefano Di Bernardo (Parco delle Prealpi Giulie) e Domenico Negrini (Snam), Matia Bonato (Biciclette Rossignoli Milano).

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