The run-down of the 2022 activities at the Val Grande National Park in view of its expansion

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A great year is coming to an end for the Val Grande National Park: the year of expansion. In fact, the entry of Verbania, Ornavasso, and Mergozzo in the protected area is imminent, as well as the expansion of the borders into the Municipalities of Caprezzo, Cossogno and Vogogna.

The immediate future will be an important challenge for one of the most important national parks in the Bel Paese (Italy): the entrance of part of the new Municipalities and the entire territory of Caprezzo into the protected area represents a great opportunity, but it will also imply a great commitment.

The Val Grande National Park also broadens its gaze towards Lombardy (with the recent approval of the governor of the UNESCO MAB, which unites the Val Grande with the Ticino area) and towards Piemonte with the Geopark - also UNESCO - thanks to the important European conference held in Verbania at the end of September with the presence of 44 countries from all over the world.

The Val Grande Park confirms its strong interest in its populations, and its attachment to their history, traditions, and culture: the Park Authority has always placed its communities at the center, and the Comuniterrae project is the most fitting example. Within this now-consolidated initiative, the eco-museum of the Terre di Mezzo is taking shape, another piece of a project born from below and, for this reason, able to best represent the soul of the Park.

2023 will be the year of the renewal of the CETS (the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism), another flagship that will become the Park's strategic tourist objective for the next five years. In the coming months, attention will be focused on sustainable mobility, with the signing of agreements for the management of e-bikes and the definition of methods for using low-emission minibuses for some areas of the Park.