Local Action Plan of Roccavaldina, Italy


Roccavaldina is a village of great historical and architectural value, located on the Tyrrhenian slope of the Peloritani Mountains, and set in a position of great scenic beauty overlooking the Gulf of Milazzo and the Aeolian Islands. The creation of the park in Roccavaldina constitutes a solid basis for the implementation of the good practices already tested in two of the Parks of Beauty and Science that have been active for years, the Horcynus Orca Park and the Forte Petrazza Social Park in Messina. Before the process of social and environmental transformation was initiated, these sites were neglected areas of illegal dumps, occupied by organised crime, which over the years had made them two of the main drug dealing areas in the central and northern areas of the city.


The Local Action Plan (LAP) for Roccavaldina represents a comprehensive strategy aimed at fostering sustainable development and community empowerment in the region. The plan is structured around the integration of participatory programs, socio-educational initiatives, and innovative economic models geared towards social and environmental sustainability. One of the central initiatives within the Local Action Plan is the establishment of the Parks of Beauty and Science (PBS), which serve as educational networks focusing on combating inequality and addressing climate change. These parks promote community education, support transformative processes in the region, and serve as international hubs of attraction.


Territorial Socio-Economic Approach (TSR®)

Facilitates community engagement and the convergence of policies and practices towards locally recognized values and principles. Through the TSR® methodology, the LAP seeks to address various dimensions of community well-being, including cultural awareness, environmental sustainability, social cohesion, and economic redistribution.

Actions – Roadmap – 2024

It is essential to continue monitoring progress, addressing challenges, and refining strategies to ensure the effective implementation of the Local Action Plan. This will require ongoing collaboration between government agencies, community organizations, businesses, and residents.

Development of the Olivettian Hub

Establishment of a research and development center focusing on bioplastics and ecological transition, alongside a production facility and a FabLab for innovation and education.

Promotion of Responsible Tourism

Enhancing tourism opportunities while prioritizing environmental sustainability and community engagement.

Establishment of a Renewable Energy Solidarity Community

Creating a community-driven renewable energy network to address energy poverty and promote sustainable development.

Support for Sustainable Agriculture

Facilitating cooperation among local agricultural producers to strengthen the local economy and promote sustainable practices.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Regular assessment of LAP implementation to track progress, identify areas for improvement, and ensure accountability.

Stakeholder Engagement

Continued engagement with local communities, businesses, and institutions to foster ownership and participation in LAP initiatives.

Capacity Building

Investing in capacity-building initiatives to enhance local skills, knowledge, and resources for sustainable development.

Adaptation and Resilience

Building adaptive capacity and resilience to address emerging challenges and uncertainties, such as climate change impacts and economic transitions.


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