Newsletter n.39


1.EXPERIENCES: Tourist Cycle Path National System


3.NEWS ON SOIL AND EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS: European Network of Cities for Agroecology



Tourist Cycle Path National System

A year has passed since an agreement protocol for building a series of cycle routes for tourists was launched. Together with the MIT (Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport) and the MIBACT (Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism), eight Italian regions have made the effort to build and maintain their bike routes: Piedmont, Veneto, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Campania, Basilicata e Puglia.

This is the first step towards building cycle paths, which will extend and join together all over the peninsula, including the ones formally recognised at European Union level. Continue reading “Tourist Cycle Path National System”

The SIP Forum’s Bill for Popular Initiative

A bill for popular initiative drafted by the SIP Forum on fighting soil consumption and on reutilizing urbanised soil has been finalized!

This was sent out to all those taking part (over 1000 organisations and thousands of individuals) to be evaluated carefully, and to in turn receive feedback for improvement.

The work was backed by the effort of 75 people of the SIP Forum’s specific Technical-Scientific Working Group. It is presented in a complex document, given the variety of different aspects of the matter to be confronted. We should also remind you that the current situation – Italy coming first in the EU soil consumption ranking (see Section D of the newsletter) – is due to the interaction and intertwining of various actors (from real estate promoters to politicians) who have not been defending soil and its fertility. To stop this unacceptable and incorrect behaviour every aspect had to be explained, and mechanisms devised to stop it were defined. Continue reading “The SIP Forum’s Bill for Popular Initiative”

People4Soil: We’re ready: let’s go on!

We have reached the deadline for gathering signatures for the European Citizens Initiative (ECI) people4soil! In a few days, we will know if the quorum of 1 million signatures has been reached. Regardless of the result, the real work begins now. The European institutions and their decision-making processes are the main but not the only objective of this ECI.

Efforts made to gather these signatures were important; people who took action represent the human capital to be used to trigger radical changes in mentality and sensitivity of all European citizens. Without this change, any directive or legislation will always be partial and powerless before increasing soil consumption. In some Member States, certain laws already in force have already shown their limits, and also their failure in carrying out acts. Continue reading “People4Soil: We’re ready: let’s go on!”

European Network of Cities for Agroecology

What brings Spanish, English, German, Belgian and French cities together?

The will to achieve environmental recovery in suburban areas by supporting ecosystems and organic agriculture. Under this light, around 15 cities including Bristol, Bruges, Freiburg, Grenoble and Madrid created the European Network of Cities for Agroecology. This idea came from a European Commission Life Project, and was launched last December in Zaragoza, at a convention entitled Huertas Life Km 0 (Vegetable Gardens, Life Km 0).

This laid the ground for the European network shortly joined by 15 cities. Continue reading “European Network of Cities for Agroecology”

EuropaCity – property speculation (France)

An old joke on city pollution ends with the following sentence: “Cities should be built in the countryside, because the air is cleaner”. This alone sums up the entire soil consumption issue!

Few people know (and those who do know, do not stress this enough) that Italy is the “leader” in Europe in terms of highest soil consumption. Italy alone accounts for 24,13% of the total loss of agricultural soil at EU level. This does not however mean that other States are much better off. Next in line is Spain with 19,61% and France with 11,85% , and there are other areas worse off than the Italian average. Continue reading “EuropaCity – property speculation (France)”

4 per 1000 Initiative: Some data on national policies relating to 4per1000

An analysis on how a State can put a 4per1000 initiative into practice has been missing until now. The French Ministry for Agriculture filled this gap and, on 19 July, published a booklet (only in FR) entitled “Implementation of policies related to 4per1000 at national level”.

The starting points are clear: a) climate change is the top challenge for the agricultural sector, it has to be acknowledged by the large number of draughts and increasing environmental disasters over the past few years; b) promoting more carbon accumulation in soil is a strong contribution for the safeguard of agriculture; c) increasing organic matter in soil allows further fertility, which could confront the food security challenge as well as increasing resistance to erosion, and water accumulation.

The framework is well defined and gives full meaning to the 4per1000 initiative. Continue reading “4 per 1000 Initiative: Some data on national policies relating to 4per1000”

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)