Il Monte Bignone Forestry Consortium was established in 2017 by four founding members: the districts of Baiardo, Ceriana, Perinaldo and Sanremo, followed by Apricale. Its task is the land management, according to the Statute and the Implementing Regulation.
Its primary goal is the design and implementation of improving initiatives in relation to sustainability. Among these initiatives there are the protection and enhancement of all resources connected with wooded and natural areas, including those for tourism and leisure. Among the business strategies the Consortium opted for we can find the research of a widely supported progam between local communities and users.
Where we are
Since Middle Ages the woody district of Monte Bignone, belonging to the cities of Sanremo, Ceriana, Baiardo, Apricale and Perinaldo, has been the reference point for wood supply (for working, building and burning…) for both population and business on the coast; with the loss of logging, woods, no longer managed, have recently undergone some changes and a seeming neglect. But the particular position and altitude are the prerequisites of the prosperity in biodiversity. This biodiversity has been recognized at a European level with the inclusion in the Rete Natura 2000 locations (Habitat directive), which means a particular attention has to be paid towards the preservation of its naturalness.
After centuries of respectful cohabitation, settlements and anthropic activities became rather agitated in the first half of the ‘900. Between 1936 and 1981 the area was accessible from the coast in less than half an hour thanks to the cableway S. Remo – S. Romolo – Monte Bignone, which has been created for enjoying the benefit of this mountain area. Here the tree density index is high and the air is pure which is the reason why the area is considered suitable for health toursim and healing breathing diseases. After that a phase of gradual and ever-increasing neglect followed. A minimal trend in recovering the population density in the hinterland strip has been very recently registered.
In the last decade however the most popular phenomenon has been the development of recreational-sport activities. Here outdoor enthusiats engage in various activities (such as trekking, mountain bike, trail running, horse riding, soft-air, ecc..), supported by a favourable climate which allows practicing these activities almost throughout the year round.