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News from Italian river basin districts
Italian river basin districts:
"The update of the Water Management Plan in the catchment area of the Eastern Alps quantifies the impacts resulting from the significant pressures exerted on the water bodies of the district and therefore assesses their ecological and chemical status. The plan establishes a program of 1280 "punctual" and "general" measures, consistent with the environmental objectives set by the Water Directive 2000/60 / EC *, namely the achievement of the "good condition" of all waters within the set deadlines, except special cases expressly provided for. The estimated cost to carry out the program is approximately € 5,475,000,000 of which € 1,388,000,000 with secured financing.
Among the elements that distinguish this revision of the plan, it should be noted its greater adherence, both in architecture and in the knowledge base, to the dictates of the Water Directive 2000/60 / EC.
The setting of the plan is in line with the approaches followed at international and European level for environmental analyzes ".
2.Distretto Idrografico Padano
Awarding of two scholarships, Call dated 10/02/2020 for:
• Protection and management of water:
the goal will be a new vision of the theme of water resources, an approach to the theme of water compatible with the conservation of the natural heritage and the protection of the environment
• Hydrological and hydrographic network defense:
The verification and control of the hydrogeological structure; the defense of the territory and the regulation of water courses thanks to the flood plan; the protection of territories, inhabitants and infrastructures with specific regard to the naturalness of the riverbeds.
• Observation and planning:
Territorial plans for forecasting places, to protect people, resources and the environment. The activity of the Permanent Observatory to make projections on future water scenarios in the Po’s basin.
Great success for the "AcquaBook" 2019-2020 project, a free environmental education course for the water resource in Padania, characterized by interactive lessons, games, quizzes, classroom workshops, visits to drinking water and purification plants.
The project involves schools of all levels in the province of Cremona for a total of 3,478 pupils.
Presentation of the video that helps to read the water bill signed by Padania Acque S.P.A.
From today, reading the water bill in Padania will no longer be a puzzle. The video, available on the Padania Acque website, Youtube, Facebook and Instagram pages, will guide the user through the pages of the bill through a narrative voice facilitating access to the bill data without leaving home.
Green Deal of the PO River District.
On January 24, a meeting took place between the Secretary General of the Po River District Meuccio Berselli and the Minister for Agricultural Policies Teresa Bellanova.
Berselli presented a series of important new planning intervention projects in the area.
The "Green Deal" of the district is aimed at supporting the agri-food production excellence of the area between animal husbandry and agricultural production, improving the quality of the environment and natural resources for sustainable development.
3.Distretto Idrografico Appennino Settentrionale
The Permanent Institutional Conference adopts the new Plan - PAI "geomorphological instability"
In the session of 20 December 2019, the Permanent Institutional Conference of the Northern Apennine District Basin Authority approved the adoption of the Draft Plan - PAI "geomorphological instability" for the management of the risk of geomorphological instability.
The draft plan saw the active involvement of all the regions of the district, the Department of civil protection and the Ministry of the environment.
In the Official Gazette the adoption of the Plan - PAI "geomorphological instability".
In the Official Gazette no. 9 of 13.01.2020 the press release of the adoption of the "Plan of the catchment area of the catchment area of the Northern Apennines, hydrogeological structure for the management of the risk from geomorphological instabilities" was published relating to the territory of the Arno river basins , the Serchio river and the basins of Tuscany.
Water Safety Plan - 24 January 2020
The "Water Safety Plan" conference was held on 24 January at 10.00 at the Auditorium at the Duomo in via de ’Cerretani 54 / r in Florence.
Introduced by the World Health Organization, the "Water Safety Plan" is the model based on the assessment and management of the risks associated with all the phases that make up the water supply chain, from collection to consumption, guaranteeing the protection of water resources and the reduction of potential dangers to human health.
On 05/02/2020 the closing event of the PROTERINA-3Évolution project took place in the Ducal Palace of Genoa, which involved the Italian regions Liguria, Tuscany, Sardinia and the French of Corsica and Paca and the District Basin Authority of the Northern Apennines. The participants discussed the results achieved by good practices useful for improving the response capacity of the territory towards flood risk.
4.Distretto Idrografico Appennino centrale
01/17/2020 The updating of hazard maps and flood risk approved by the permanent institutional conference
The update of 20 December 2020 concerning the hazard and flood risk maps of the hydrographic district of the central Apennines has been adopted. In the coming days, the updated maps relating to the danger and flood risk of the central Apennine river basin district will be published on the Authority's website in a special section.
"Tevere Nostrum" is a photographic book dedicated to the foundational river of Rome and our civilization.
The volume contains all the information on the river, presented as "our oldest national natural monument" and relaunches the challenge of creating the 26th Italian national park around the Tiber, as the Tiber is the vital ecological waterway 405 km long, which runs through 56 municipalities of 4 Italian regions of high ecological value, characterized by unique environments and landscapes from the point of view of fauna and flora.
The message is of a river to be discovered and rediscovered, creating occasions like the Tiber Day in Rome, making it usable with accessible banks and banks, recovering the wonder of a natural spectacle.
5.Distretto Idrografico Appennino Meridionale
Water Management Plan II PHASE: 2015-2021 CYCLE
(Community Directive 2000/60 / EC, Legislative Decree 152/06, Law 13/09) drawn up in 2016 (Institutional Committee of March 3, 2016) - was approved with D.P.C.M. October 27, 2016 - Official Gazette no. 25 of January 31, 2017
Work program 2018/2021 - 2021/2027
Below is the link to contents already active and which will be activated to promote public participation and consultation (art.14 of Directive 2000/60 / EC) which will accompany the subsequent phases of the Water Management Plan, as well as the work program for the next three years, pursuant to art. 13 of Directive 2000/60 / EC in paragraph 7 provides that the river basin management plans are "reviewed and updated within fifteen years from the entry into force of this directive and every six years thereafter".
Flood Risk Management Plan
(Directive 2007/60 / EC, Legislative Decree 152/2006, Directive 2007/60 / EC, Legislative Decree 49/2010, Legislative Decree 219/2010)
First Flood Risk Management Plan of the Hydrographic District of the Southern Apennines PGRA DAM has been adopted, pursuant to art. 66 of Legislative Decree 152/2006, with Resolution No. 1 of the Integrated Institutional Committee of 17 December 2015, was approved by the Integrated Institutional Committee on 3 March 2016. With the issue of the Prime Minister's Decree on 27/10/2017 the first management cycle has ended.
Calendar and work program 2018/2021 - 2021/2027
Attached is the path and contents already active and that will be activated to promote public participation and consultation (art.14 of Directive 2000/60 / EC) which will accompany the subsequent phases of the Plan, as well as the work program for the next three years, pursuant to article 9 of the flood directive - taken from art. 9 paragraph 3 lett. a) of Legislative Decree 49/2010 - which provides "... the Member States take the appropriate measures to coordinate the application of the directive aiming to improve the effectiveness, the exchange of information and to achieve synergies and common benefits by keeping account of the environmental objectives referred to in Article 4 of Directive 2000/60 / EC ... "
Water for Gallura, a qualitative leap.
With the construction of a large construction site and an investment of four million euros, the Agnata water purifier, serving Olbia and the whole of Gallura, boasts a new section of tanks and treatment, filters and sludge dehydrators and by April 2020 it will be possible to pass the testing and start-up, allowing to bring the production of drinking water from the current 1,100 to 1,600 liters per second.
CONSOLIDATION, CONSERVATIVE AND ENVIRONMENTAL RENOVATION OF THE NATURAL ARCH OF PALINURO IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF CENTOLA
On 21 January 2020, a meeting of the Institutional College of the Program Agreement was held to verify the state of implementation of the interventions on the Natural Arch, preparatory to its reopening for tourist use. To speed up construction times and ensure the defense and protection of the Palinuro Natural Arch by the summer of 2021, the proposed solution is divided into two functional lots that will be built at a later date.
6.Distretto Idrografico Sardegna
Third planning cycle 2018 - 2021: Information on the review and update of the Management Plan of the Hydrographic District of Sardinia (PdG DIS)
"Directive 2000/60 / EC and Legislative Decree 152/06 establish that the DIS PdG is subject to review and update every six years, therefore the next update must close by December 2021".
San Martino, the hyper-mineral water that is liked by social media. Orders come from Facebook, new Instagram strategy from February. San Martino, it is a hypermineral water that flows from the fake Codrongianos, in the province of Sassari and takes 50 years to come up from the source. The wealth of carbohydrates and calcium has made the water win the three gold stars at the international "Itqi Superior Taste Award" in Brussels. Many orders come from social networks such as Facebook and Instagram and the company is starting to familiarize itself with WhatsApp Business and will soon launch its eCommerce platform.
7.Distretto Idrografico Sicilia
Marsala, Sicily, the purified waste water will be used in agriculture.
A community project called "Prosim", already funded for 3 million and 300 thousand euros, will be implemented in Marsala. The "pilot project" will serve for the reuse of purified waste water from agriculture.
Syracuse, dead fish in the crystal clear waters of the Pillirina: off to the inspections.
The Syracuse (Sicily) Plemmirio Consortium has informed the competent authorities on the discovery of numerous specimens of dead fish in the area between Punta Mola and Punta Tavola, in one of the outlets of the Marine Protected Area of Plemmirio.
Most expensive water bills in Palermo, Ferrandelli: "Immediately the confrontation in the Chamber"
"An urgent interrogation to find out whether the measures by the sole shareholder (Municipality of Palermo) intended to increase tariffs for citizens, including retroactivity, are legitimate," explains Fabrizio Ferrandelli, regarding his question at the Palermo municipal council on the increases foreseen in the Palermo water bills by the municipal aqueduct of Palermo (Amap).
01/31/2020 Failure of the "Voltano" aqueduct, without water 11 municipalities in Agrigento
Due to the failure of the conduct of the "Voltano" aqueduct 11 municipalities in the Agrigento area,in Sicily, are temporarily without water. The municipalities are: San Biagio Platani; Porto Empedocle (San Calogero reservoir); Comitini; Aragon; Agrigento (hamlets of San Michele, Zona Industriale, Fontanelle, Giardina Gallotti and Montaperto); Porto Empedocle (port area, Voltano users); Favara; Sant'Angelo Muxaro; St. Elizabeth; Raffadali; Joppolo Giancaxio.
News from Europe
The New European Green Pact
The European Commission has launched an ambitious new European Green Pact to address the EU's most pressing environmental and climate problems.
The European Green Pact will involve all sectors of the economy, in particular transport, energy, agriculture, construction and industries such as steel, cement, information and communication technology, textiles and chemicals.
The details of the new Green Pact are reported ina European Commission communication published on 11 December 2019. The document outlines over 50 key policy initiatives and concrete actions that the Commission will gradually launch in the coming years.
The ECHA list excludes unsafe substances that come into contact with drinking water
The interim agreement on the recast of the drinking water directive was reached on 18 December 2019 and is still subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and the Council.
In order to improve consumer protection and ensure equal safety standards for industry, ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) announced on January 14th on their website a list of chemicals that can be used. in materials that come into contact with drinking water.
01/18/2020 March 22 World Water Day
The World Water Day organized every year by the UN focuses on the link between climate change with a particular focus on innovation, science and the actions taken to face one of the challenges facing our planet. During this day many events are taking place globally to create more themes on water-related topics.
01/30/2020 The Spanish Health institute classifies the levels of trihalomethanes in drinking water According to a Spanish research carried out by the Global Health Institute of Barcelona (ISGlobal), over 6,500 cases of bladder cancer, almost 5% of all European cases, can be attributed to the presence of trihalomethanes (THM) in drinking water. The research analyzes tap water from 26 European countries. Trihalomethanes, and in particular chlorofluorocarbons, are highly harmful to the environment and the atmosphere; many are also considered carcinogenic.
News from the world
32nd UN-Water Meeting
Participants at the 32nd UN-Water Meeting moved through a packed agenda focused on issues related to the UN-Water programme of work for the coming biennium and the UN-Water 2030 Strategy, ways to accelerate progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 (clean water and sanitation) implementation, and ways to elevate and address water and sanitation challenges at the country and regional level in light of the UN reform process, among other issues. In addition to discussing the work programme for the next two years and the strategy to 2030, participants discussed input to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, which will extend to 2050.
Activities discussed during this meeting, which took place in Rome, Italy, from 28-29 January 2020, included the roadmap for upcoming high-level UN meetings that will take place in 2021 and 2023. Opportunities to use a variety of forums, summits and other meetings taking place in the lead up to these events were highlighted as points during which the conversation and inputs could be shaped into a cohesive and comprehensive strategy to address important SDG 6 issues. UN-Water’s Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6 and efforts to update monitoring and reporting in the lead up to these high-level meetings were also noted.