Portofino Mountain

Name of project:
Naturalistic and human studies on the protected area of Portofino Mountain
Country: Area of study:
Italy Portofino Mountain, Liguria
Fergus (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Project objectives:
To carry out a pilot study aimed at an overall definition of the environmental state of a complex protected area
Composition of the working group:
Personnel involved:
2 geologists photointerpreters, 1 GIS expert
Number man/months:
36 for the first phase + 12 for the second
Project steps:
In a first phase, thematic maps at 1:5,000 scale has been produced, concerning several subjects (land use and coverage, geology, lithology, tectonics, morphology, hydrogeology, soil and land units, forest fires, environmental hazards, constraints, road network, buildings and artefacts historically relevant). These maps were obtained by the interpretation of colour aerial photographs at various scales, the collection and study of bibliographic documents, surveys and analyses carried out in the field and in laboratories. Further, specific themes, such as climate, oceanography, fauna and quality of waters were dealt with, and the evolution of land use and cover from 1936 to 2000 was reconstructed with a 1:10,000 scale map.
Other experts contributed to the project with additional themes and all the data collected and produced were stored in a geographic database, managed in a GIS.
A second phase of the project concerned the identification and representation of the abandoned agricultural areas located around the Portofino Mountain, characterized by the presence of dry stone walls and scarps; the study was aimed at the production of maps at 1:2,000 scale, where the above-mentioned features were represented, classified by type and conservation state, to be used for an economic evaluation of a possible restoration of the area
Start (year/month): End (year/month): Value of the project:
01/2000 10/2003 € 172,290.00