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Drystone walls as a multi-purpose climate change adaptation tool

STONEWALLSFORLIFE aims at repairing drystone walls and ensuring their long-term maintenance, to protect the territory and its inhabitants against the effects of extreme weather events, which are becoming more and more frequent. Drystone walls are thus environmentally relevant since they can effectively improve both the resistance and the resilience of the territory to climate change.

STONEWALLSFORLIFE highlights the social and cultural value of drystone walls and supports their restoration by bringing together experienced builders with migrants and unoccupied people, thus facilitating their job placements and social inclusion.

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Areas of demonstration

The area of intervention is located in the Cinque Terre National Park, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List as a cultural landscape since 1997.

Terraces in the pilot area are managed by Fondazione Manarola Cinqueterre, a local association renting land from the owners, repairing drystone walls and the drainage channels and then renting plots out at the same price to the local farmers who engage for their maintenance.

Preparatory work for replication interventions will be conducted in several additional sites in the Cinque Terre National Park and in the Garraf Natural Park, managed by the Barcelona Provincial Council (DIBA).


Cinque Terre National Park, Italy

Garraf Natural Park, Catalonia, Spain



long term climate change adaptation effectiveness of drystone walls in Manarola, Cinque Terre National Park


improve resilience to climate change through sustainable innovative solutions, whose effects will be monitored


create adaptation strategy for local authorities
create and foster capacity and expertise among local stakeholders: associations, construction workers, agricultural sector


perform the scientific, technical and social preparatory work for replication interventions in 3 additional sites (40 hectares)

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