On 2 August 2021, Cristina Macci, Grazia Masciandaro, CNR researchers and involved in the SUBSED project, met Luca Sittoni, senior advisor in the Ecosystem and Sediment Dynamics department of Deltares (Netherlands) and Program Manager and member of the EcoShape Building with Nature Management Team.
Cristina Macci and Luca Sittoni met in the “12th International SedNet Conference (online)” when, during the “Circular Economy” session, Cristina gave a presentation entitled “Recovery and environmental recycling of sediments: CNR IRET Pisa experience”, and Luca Sittoni gave the Keynote presentation “Beneficial Sediment Use and NatureBased Solutions: opportunities for sustainable and circular developments”.
During the meeting, the problem of sediments dredging and management was addressed, focusing on the importance of their remediation using natural technologies (NBS, Natuaral Based solution) and of their reuse.
In the Netherlands the sediments that comply with the limits set by national legislation, can be reused in the environment and also in agriculture, while in Italy it is not still possible.
This meeting gave rise to the interest in collaborating on future projects, in participating in the drafting of manuals containing case studies on sediment remediation and recovery (PIANC report on the Beneficial Use of Sediments) and the possibility of organizing a workshop to present their own experiences.
On 22 April 2021 the beneficiaries of the LIFE Subsed project and the external monitor Dr. Carlo Ponzio met during an online meeting on the occasion of the monitoring for the 30 months of the LIFE Subsed project. During the meeting, the progress of the project and the actions planned in the following months were illustrated.
Subsequently, on Monday 26 April, the beneficiaries and the external monitor met live at Flora Toscana to visit the experimental sites of the LIFE SUBSED project, and to personally verify the progress and results achieved with the planned activities.
In light of the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fifth periodic meeting of the LIFE SUBSED project was held online.
Although the contacts between the beneficiaries are almost daily, the coordination meetings represent an opportunity to present to the beneficiaries the progress of the individual actions and the results obtained. During the meeting the next steps and expected results have been also illustrated.
The beneficiaries, in light of the difficulties related to the current health emergency, have evaluated the possibility of requesting an extension of the duration of the project to EASME.
Below are the slides presented during the meeting.
On March 27th the beneficiaries of the LIFE Subsed project and the monitor Dr. Carlo Ponzio participated in an online meeting on the occasion of the monitoring for the 18 months of the LIFE Subsed project. Participants took part remotely in the event, in light of the issues related to the COVID-19 emergency. During the meeting, the progress of the project and the actions planned in the following months have been illustrated, also considering the impact that the current pandemic could have on the regular implementation of activities.
Here are the presentations prepared for the event.
Yesterday the first LIFE Subsed project monitoring meeting was held at the Flora Toscana coordinator’s premises. The project team and the Dr. Carlo Ponzio project monitor participated at the event.
Following are the presentations and some photos of the day.
Meeting with Francesco Bellino, Officer and Agronomist of the Puglia Region, at the headquarters of the Region in Bari.
During the meeting, Dr. Grazia Masciandaro presented the Subsed project, describing its objectives and expected results. In particular, the conversation covered aspects related to the use of dredged sediments in agriculture, with assessment of limits, advantages and costs. Particular attention has been paid to legislation, which unfortunately does not currently allow the use of reclaimed sediment in agriculture, but for which the LIFE Subsed project is working intensively.
LIFE Subsed at the Flora Toscana end-of-year meeting held in Pescia on 21 December 2018
In the context of the End-of-Year Meeting of Flora Toscana, which was attended by the Regional Councilor for Agriculture Marco Remaschi, the Regional Councilor Marco Niccolai, the President of the Nursery District Francesco Mati and the President of the Inter-Province Nursery District of Pistoia and Lucca Marco Carmazzi, the LIFE Subsed project has been presented.
Participation in the event of various public and private authorities represented a strong point for the dissemination of the objectives and results of Subsed. Here are some photos of the event.
On December 13th and 14th, the conference “Challenges and research opportunities in horticulture and floriculture: the role of CREA” was held in Pontecagnano, in the province of Salerno (here the agenda and the program of the event are available).
During the meeting the objectives and expected results of the project Life Subsed were presented by Dr. Stefania Nin of the project team of the CREA of Pescia.
Here are some photos of the event.
LIFE Subsed takes part in the European kick-off meeting held on 6 November at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Brussels
LIFE Subsed was presented at the European kick-off of LIFE17 projects by Dr. Maria Castellani, project manager for the Flora Toscana coordinator. The event, held at the Crowne Plaza Brussels hotel, represented an opportunity for discussion and networking with other projects and stakeholders from many parts of Europe.
The event agenda is available at the following link.
Photo gallery of the event
On Friday 5th October 2018, all the beneficiaries of the project met at the Flora Toscana headquarters, in Pescia (Italy), for the kick-off meeting of LIFE SubSed.
The agenda of the event is available in pdf format at this link.
The project presentation
The beneficiaries presentations
Presentation of management activity
Photo gallery of the event