agriculture

  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The P.R.I.M.E project had the objective of defining an Integrated Management System of beached posidonia  residues capable of combining the environmental protection needs of the marine and coastal ecosystem with the management of biomass waste and their potential reuse in agriculture. The phenomenon of posidonia residues stranding has always been perceived as a problem that creates inconvenience for citizens, swimmers, managers of bathing...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION Degradation, characterizing today much of our territory and in particular soils and landscape, is unfortunately advancing. Due to lack of adequate information, suitable databases and expert support, the institutions called upon to make decisions in terms of planning and management are often unprepared, or in great difficulty to face these problems. At the same time also farmers, foresters and local operators need practical information or useful tools for a...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION In recent decades, increasing urbanization and intensive agricultural activities have led to a progressive artificial transformation of watercourses, creating over time serious problems of hydraulic safety and poor ecological quality. In this context the RII project had the general aim of demonstrating that the key concepts of the Floods Directive 2007/60/EC and of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC, in terms of decreasing the risk of flooding and...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION Pollution of water resources is often due to an excessive concentration of nitrogen and phosphorus used in agriculture. A typical form of pollution is that caused by nitrates, a particularly soluble mineral form of nitrogen. The European Union, through the Nitrates Directive 676/91/CE, has been governing the use of nitrogen in agriculture since 1991. Protection of water against pollution in areas with high concentration of intensive farming activities is one of...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The most recent studies on climate change believe that the area of ​​the upper Adriatic will be characterized by an increase in average temperatures of the air and sea water, a decrease in precipitation, a greater frequency and intensity of extreme events as well as the rise of the sea level. The areas most vulnerable to these events will be the coastal areas that are exposed to the risk of saltwater infiltration in coastal aquifers, saline wedge intrusion, loss...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The WASSERMed project has analyzed, through a multidisciplinary approach, the current and future hydrological balance in Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East in terms of threats for the national and social security. This analysis included the determination of changes in average flows, frequency and size of extreme precipitation events, runoff, water balance at groundwater level, as well as social and economic factors such as changes in touristic...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION The LIFE GESTIRE project was conceived to face the need of an integrated strategy for the management of the Natura 2000 network in Lombardy, contributing – in line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 – to the restoration and maintenance of a sufficient conservation status of the sites, habitats and species in a region like Lombardy, characterized by strong pressures related to human settlements and production, and at the same time by a high richness of natural...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION The climate change imposes the implementation of adaptation and mitigation strategies in many sectors of the human activities which cause the emission of huge quantities of greenhouse gases. As for agriculture this need is especially felt in the case of greenhouse horticulture , as far as the traditional practices request the use of a lot of chemicals, energy and water which produces  large quantities of greenhouse gases and polluting effluents. This situation...