Newsletter n.38


1. EXPERIENCES: The Italian Climate Network Onlus “School Project”

2. NEWS FROM THE SIP FORUM: “STOP Glyphosate” Campaign


3.NEWS ON SOIL AND EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS: The European Association for Rural Development Institutions (AEIAR)



The Italian Climate Network Onlus – “School Project”

In the ‘Experiences’ section we tend to report on initiatives which may inspire readers to take similar action. We illustrate practices which have led to interesting results and that could be adapted to other contexts by the reader. When there is a will, there is a way.

In this issue, we would like to draw your attention to the Italian Climate Network Onlus (ICN), [Onlus = Non-profit organization of social utility], which operates in the field of education. Italian Climate Action, an Italian partner of 350.org and member of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe (www.caneurope.org), is entirely run by volunteers (see picture above) who strive to raise both individual and collective awareness on climate change and defining adequate measures to counter one of the biggest challenges our century is facing. Continua a leggere “The Italian Climate Network Onlus – “School Project””


“Stop Glyphosate” Campaign

Good news: The European Citizens Initiative (ECI) to ban the use of glyphosate and other toxic pesticides has reached 1 million signatures! It is the 4th ECI to have been fully successful. The organizers decided to close the petition early in order to start the analysis procedure the EU institutions are obliged to respond to.

Why the urgency? Because (and this is the bad news) the European Commission sent in a proposal which will re-authorize glyphosate for another ten years. EU Member States ministers met in Brussels on 19 July, surrounded by protests organized by the Stop Glyphosate team near the European institutions

The glyphosate license which was given an 18-month long renewal in 2016, is about to expire again. The first vote is expected to take place in autumn. If we want the precaution to take place, civil society should keep fighting and persuade the institutions not to give in to chemical industry associations.


Taking part in National Soil Day on 4 July

National Soil Day took place during the previously announced technical scientific conference, with many Italian representatives working in the field of soil, territory and landscape. The ISPRA report provided the latest data on soil consumption (which can be downloaded here

The round table was not in the form of a debate between participants, but a series of individual presentations, without any time slots for each of the speeches, nor interaction among participants.

The SIP Forum highlighted the need to increase participation and awareness raising in order to obtain a critical mass to endure in soil, territory and landscape protection.

In the meeting, representatives and institutions engaged in dialogue, exchanged ideas, data and good intentions, but the general thinking was ‘out of this meeting room we have only enemies’.

The recording of the conference is available here


People4Soil: … less one month to go!

There is less one month to go until the deadline for signatures (12 September). In the entire European Union over 500 associations taking part in the initiative have increased activities and grown louder. Even though we are not up to date on the results of the campaign in Italy and in the rest of Europe, we think gathering signatures raised relevant awareness amongst people who in other circumstances would not have been interested in soil. Aside from its pre-determined aims, the ECI managed to bring 500 different associations together towards a common objective. We must not lose all this. After September 12 we could all start working together to achieve a European perspective on soil, territory and landscape protection.

Those who haven’t signed yet are still in time and can do so here: https://people4soil.eu/en.


The European Association for Rural Development (AEIAR)

When Florence was flooded in 1966, the European Association for Rural Development Institutions (AEIAR) was being created. The only thing these two events have in common is that they are both related to territorial management.

Why was the AEIAR founded? To upgrade agricultural structures, and take measures for the development of rural areas and land protection. With about 21 members from 10 EU Member States working in the field of rural development to improve the quality of life in rural areas through integrated rural development policies. This network is officially recognised by the European Commission and is therefore member of the Advisory Group on Rural Development of the Directorate General Agriculture and Rural Development. Continua a leggere “The European Association for Rural Development (AEIAR)”


ELD – Economics of Land Degradation

A theory on the havoc that is land degradation says economists are to blame for the harmful principle of giving everything an economic value. An approach in which all is valued quantitatively and financially… but also sees how happiness, joy and affection can affect the calculation of GDP.

ELD – Economics of land degradation – aims at giving value to soil by using business jargon. But it is aimed at all those who could be interested in preserving soil by seeing it as a value which goes from being an “economic” one, to a common good which acquires happiness, as opposed to profit.

ELD gathered all technical skills related to soil protection and achieved dialogue with actors, including economists, intending to support this type of value. Continua a leggere “ELD – Economics of Land Degradation”


4 per 1000 Initiative: something to attract more attention

On 27 June 2017 the Ministry of Agriculture has once again drawn attention to the 4 per 1000 initiative. The following appeared on the Ministry’s website: