Vall del Carme

Transforming the Vall del Carme into an example of sustainable development and resilience in the face of climate change

The project in Vall del Carme, Anoia (Catalonia), comes in response to the urgent need to address environmental and socio-economic challenges in the region. With the increase in forest fires (notably the Santa Coloma de Queralt fire of 1,600ha in 2021), drought and overexploitation of water resources, the importance of implementing innovative and sustainable solutions to protect and revitalise this valuable landscape is evident.

The territory comprises the municipalities of Carme, Orpí, Santa María de Miralles, la Llacuna, la Pobla de Claramunt and la Torre de Claramunt, covering an area of 13,500 ha, and is a recharge area of the Carme-Capellades aquifer (160 km2).

Business Model

In collaboration with various stakeholders, Nactiva proposes a holistic approach based on Resilient Landscapes. This model integrates financially viable programmes that generate impact at three levels: ecological, socio-economic and business. Through the channelling of public-private investments in forestry and water management projects, together with the articulation of ecosystem services value chains, we seek to transform the Vall del Carme into an example of sustainable development and resilience in the face of climate change.

In this model, organisations finance the implementation of specific practices and projects that contribute to the protection and regeneration of the landscape. Future income generated by ecosystem services (water harvesting, agricultural and livestock activity, fire risk, forestry activity, biodiversity, climate change mitigation…) is shared among the parties involved.

What is the expected benefit impact after activation?

  • Harvesting additional water
  • Harvesting of wood products
  • Harvesting of biomass for energy and other purposes
  • Procurement of non-timber forest products
  • CO2 sequestration
  • Improving biodiversity in managed forests
  • Reducing the risk of forest fires
  • Local socio-economic development
  • Promotion of tourism and recreational activities
  • Increased crop and livestock areas to restore the agroforestry mosaic

Which organisations are likely to be involved?

This program is perfect for creating synergies and collaborations with all types of entities, including:

  • Private companies: Companies interested in contributing to sustainability and compensation, buyers of ecosystem services, involvement in the territory/community, etc.
  • Territory partners: Municipalities, associations, agricultural parks, county councils, agricultural and livestock cooperatives, etc.
  • Investors: green/blue bonds, climate and/or impact investment funds, public administrations, philanthropic funds, insurance companies, etc.
  • Rural landowners: APF Miralles – Orpinell, BOSCAT, CPF, Municipalities, etc.
  • Technical partners: CTFC, ACA, Catalan Forestry, private organisations specialised in water management and nature-based solutions, etc.
  • Public and non-profit organisations: Generalitat de Catalunya, Santa Maria de Miralles Town Council, Orpí Town Council, Carme Town Council, EU funds, MITECO, foundations, etc.


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