Toscana

  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The ecosystems of the islands of Montecristo and Pianosa, protected natural sanctuaries located in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, have been deeply modified by the presence of some invasive alien species introduced, voluntarily or accidentally, over the centuries by inhabitants and visitors. The MONTECRISTO project aimed to eradicate the black rat and ailanthus from the island, two of the three invasive alien species that threatened the area's...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The environmental impact of products and processes gains more and more importance as the industry related pollution, amount of waste produced and global warming are increasing. Among the industrial sectors, the textile manufacturing sector accounts for 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions globally, ranking eighth in the ranking of production sectors with the highest environmental impact preceded by the food, furniture and cosmetics sectors. Since fibers play a...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The SOILPRO Project was born with the ambitious goal of halting soil degradation in line with the EU’s Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection (COM (2006) 231). This purpose was pursued by encouraging cooperation, in an international context, between local and regional authorities and research centers involved in the project for the development and application of monitoring methods and spatial management of degradation risks based on innovative web-GIS techniques...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The purpose of the BISCOL project was to reduce the environmental impact of the dyeing process in the textile industry. Each phase of the textile production process requires huge quantities of water, energy and chemical compounds (coloring agents, surfactants etc.) to obtain products which satisfy the consumer demand. The daily water consumption of a medium-sized company with a production of about 8.000 kg of fabric per day is about 1,6 million liters of...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The silver fir, a conifer tree, which has seen a significant expansion in the period following the last ice age, in recent times has recorded a great regression of its distribution area due to several reasons among which the  human interventions and the reduction of atmospheric humidity. Even if the main cause of this regression is the human intervention, the changed climate conditions impact negatively the silver fir’s capacity to expand naturally by...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The population growth and the intensification of the urbanization process have led to an increase in the demand for drinking water in urban centers, where the quantity available is increasingly exploited and subject to depletion. However, the general perception of the problem is not adequate due to lack of information and difficult access to it or lack of awareness on the subject. In this general context, the WIZ project was aimed at the protection and...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The province of Florence, with an average of 669 kg of per capita waste per year (2007 data), had one of the highest productions of waste in Europe. In the same period the EU-27 average was 546 kg/ inhabitant. The WASTE LESS IN CHIANTI project aimed to contribute to the implementation of EU and national waste prevention policies through the implementation and monitoring of an integrated program of waste reduction actions and optimization of the collection...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION  The ECCELSA project aimed to consolidate the so-called "Cluster Approach" based on strengthening the relationships and sharing resources present in a territory, in order to improve compliance with the environmental regulations of SMEs located in Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Lazio, Liguria and Lombardy. SMEs are often not aware of the environmental repercussions of their activities and of the environmental legislation applicable to them. This cognitive gap is...
DESCRIPTION The LIFE Water SCIs project had the general goal of improving the conservation status of certain animal species of Community Interest populating the aquatic environments (wetlands and water courses) within the upper-Apennine area and the plains sur­rounding Prato, which were exposed to different threats. The acronym chosen for the project refers to both the Species of Community Interest (SCI) and the fact that all the identified target species (fishes, crustaceans, amphibians and...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION In 2010, during the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, Ministers and Representatives of the Member States of the European Region of the World Health Organization (WHO),  responsible for health and  environment, took a commitment, signing the Parma Declaration ("Protecting the health of children in a changing environment"), to reduce the percentage of diseases of environmental origin. Air pollution is recognized as the main risk...