Environmental Engineering Reference
A Case Study of Implementation: The Marche Regional
Ecological Network 16
The case study of the Marche Regional Ecological Network (Rete Ecologica
delle Marche, REM from hereon) represents an example of area of examina-
tion titled “Distinctive and Pleasant” in chapter 8.3. It closely examines the
relationships between the city and the immediate context trough the environ-
mental infrastructure. The project objectives are:
Create a strategy and measurements to face the problem of protection and
evaluation of the regional environmental heritage as a whole.
Define an area of intervention that concerns the entire regional territory
(not just nodes and corridors), defining the forms of contact with land-
scapes in the Marche region.
Manage the regional environmental system, governing the functions of
geographical and typological unity.
Guarantee a system of connections that ensures the functioning of the REM
for the complex of regional biodiversity by using both focus species and
species of conservation interest.
Establish modes of interaction between the REM and regional planning and
The project is developed on three different, yet complementary levels of
•The inter-regional scale , to highlight the role of the REM in the National
Ecological Network (REN ).
• The regional scale, to portray the Marche Region's ecological system and
its necessary connections to the landscape plan and the regional territorial
plan for placement within the framework.
•The local scale , to handle specific themes and propose implementation
projects, even with symbolic worth, in close connection with municipal
urban planning tools and territorial plans for provincial coordination.
Formation of the REM is articulated in three phases (recognition framework,
interpretive framework, and project framework) and is developed through
two complementary paths:
The first is an approach that integrates phytosociological information with
faunal and anthropic aspects to reach the definition of ecological-function-
al unity that is the basic element of the perspective part of the REM. A
characterization of the entire territorial matrix as a function of the ecolog-
ical network can thus be obtained.
16 The working group who drafted the REM project is composed of officials from the Marche
region, professionals from the University of Camerino (UNICAM) spin-off “Terre.it,” and
researchers from the following universities: Ancona, Camerino, Macerata, Torino, and Urbino
(general coordinator: Claudio Zabaglia; scientific coordinator: Massimo Sargolini; technical
coordinator: Paolo Perna).