LIFE-RII european project

Conference - New approaches to the analysis of rural land

New approaches to the analysis of rural land in the Project LIFE RII - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - City Council Hall, Piazza Dante 1, Quattro Castella (RE) 9.30 AM

miniatura conv_quattrocastella_enThe conference, organized in the second year after starting its operations, took stock of the situation and outlined the future steps of the project LIFE RII.

The central argument was the rural area, his study and his role in the soil protection and the mitigation of hydrogeological risk.

The meeting was opened by the Mayor of the Municipality of Quattro Castella, Dott. Andrea Tagliavini, who brought greetings and stressed the importance of the Project LIFE RII for the territory, while stressing the importance of a organic and rational management of water courses.

After a brief presentation of the speakers and the topics addressed by the conference, Arch. Baricchi illustrated the characteristics of the rural foothills of Reggio Emilia, understood as a complex system, the result, as it stands now, a historical stratification of human activities that have taken place and are held in the territory.

The next one intervention by Dr. Christian Farioli, representing the Authority of the Po river basin, drew attention on the regulatory framework and the planning, from the national to the European level and basin.

They have been shown to present not only the medium-term objectives (to be achieved by 2020), but also the tools and resources available.

In this context emerged the importance of the rural area, both from the economic point of view that from the environmental point of view: if on the one hand it is the seat of important productive activities, it is also the seat of issues, such as the nitrates of agricultural origin and excessive land use.

The second part of the conference was focused on the progress of the Project LIFE RII.

After an introductory speech by the Head of the regional soil protection Service, Drs. Monica Guida, has been discussed extensively in the present work already completed and work in progress along the canals by Dr. Aronne Ruffini (Land Reclamation Consortium of Central Emilia).

Finally, the University of Bologna has presented the latest developments in the elaboration of a valuation model to estimate a possible compensation for controllated flooding management of agricultural areas.

The day ended with an in-depth discussion on the topics covered.

The event was well attended (58 total admissions), comprising local authorities

technicians, professionals, representatives of associations, students and citizens.


The historical evolution of rural areas:
the case of the Reggio Emilia foothills

Walter Baricchi,
Freelance architect

The role of rural land in the basin's planning (ITA) (pdf3.56 MB)

Christian Farioli,
Po River Basin Authority

Presentation of the LIFE RII project (ITA) (pdf2.41 MB)

Monica Guida,

Head  of Soil and Coast Protection, and Land Reclamation Service,  Emilia-Romagna Regional Administration

Restoration works on foothills water streams: progress (ITA) (pdf26.65 MB)

Aronne Ruffini,

Head of Environment Area Emilia Central Reclamation Consortium

The theoretical approach to the flooding servitude: a model for the analysis in the territory of the LIFE RII Project (ITA) (pdf1.76 MB)

Alessandra Castellini, Alessandro Ragazzoni and Lucia Devenuto,
University of Bologna - Department of Agricultural Sciences



European project LIFE 11 ENV / IT / 000243
Developed and coordinated the Emilia-Romagna Soil and coast conservation, and land reclamation Service
Viale della Fiera, 8 - 40127 Bologna - ITALY Phone: +390515276811

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