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The project “ECORUTOUREnvironmentally COmpatible RUral TOURism in protected areas for a sustainable development at low emission of greenhouse gasses” is coordinated by the Emilia Romagna Region Tourism Authority with the participation of ARPA Emilia Romagna and ARSIAL – Agenzia Regionale per lo sviluppo e l’innovazione dell’agricoltura del Lazio.

Emilia Romagna is a major European region, a strategic hub that lies between the key areas of North-Central Europe, the Mediterranean basin, and the Adriatic and Danube. It has a thriving tertiary industry, with services for the business world spread throughout its territory, and in proportion to population, many provinces are at the top of the sector in Italy and Europe. The scale of investments and number of researchers in the field of science and technology are among the highest in Italy, and the regional university system ranks a clear first in drawing students from other regions. Its social services, healthcare, cultural heritage and life, and service industries are all at the cutting edge.

Starting from these foundations, a solid tourist industry has been built up over the years, with a wide variety of attractions ranging from seaside resorts, to spas, to culture, nature, river tourism and sports.

Over 38 million tourists came to the region in 2009, 73% of them to seaside destinations along Emilia Romagna’s 120-km coastline. Visitors are drawn by the sunshine, beaches, and theme parks that make for fun, relaxing vacations, but also by the health benefits offered by ancient hot springs at 22 establishments, fitted out with cutting-edge technological equipment.

The borders of the region are delineated by the Apennines, with fascinating itineraries that wander through 14 regional parks, 2 national parks and 18 ski resorts.

Everywhere, visitors can enjoy traditional local delicacies whose quality is renowned around the world, along with the beauty and historical legacy of art capitals, some of which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

An important role in the region’s development has been played by the largest river in Italy, the Po, which flows through four provinces, and even today is responsible for making nature and agriculture flourish in the area.

In short, Emilia Romagna is a modern, dynamic region that has managed to preserve its human side, where hospitality and tradition, art and culture, the environment and fine cuisine blend together into an experience that combines warmth with outstanding professionalism.

ARPA stands for the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection in Emilia-Romagna.  It was established under the Regional Law no. 44 of 19 April 1995 and has been operating since 1996.
ARPA is an institution for environmental control that gives technical and scientific support to regional, district and local Authorities.  Its functions, activities and tasks cover all aspects concerning environmental control, including:

  • monitoring various environmental components
  • management and surveillance of human activities and consequential territorial impacts
  • activities which support environmental impact assessment plans and projects
  • creation and management of a regional Environmental Information System.

Some of the most important activities undertaken by ARPA on behalf of its local clients are:

  • soil, water and air quality improvement plans
  • complex territorial analysis
  • ecosystem study and characterisation
  • research relevant to the development of environmental protection in production cycles (Life Cycle Assessment, Best Available Technique, etc.)

The Agency’s activities are aimed not only at local, regional and national institutions, but also at the business world and private citizens.

ARPA also collaborates with ISPRA, the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, the European Environmental Agency as well as  Italian, European and international institutes and research centers.

ARSIAL Latium Regional Agency for Agriculture Development & Innovation
The Agency is a Public instrumental Body of Latium Region  providing its own competence in the frame of the development & governance issues along the directions of the Regional Council” (Regional Laws 2/1995 and 15/2003). Presently it has a staff of about 170 employees and consultants.

Purposes
ARSIAL promotes the development and innovation of Latium farming system, supporting its multifunctional character, meant as the extension of agriculture competences for the management of agriculture & environment system and for services to rural territories.

 The Agency operates for the enhancement of quality and for economic and social components of the regional agriculture system.

Tasks
Arsial is mainly engaged in: 

  • Promotion, utilisation and transfer of technology innovation for agriculture and husbandry with the aim to improve economic efficiency of enterprises.
  • Supply enterprises with assistance and consulting for economic and financial problems.
  • Promotion, valorisation and enhancement of market accessibility for Latium typical products with main focus to the wine & food sector.
  • Supply assistance and supporting the agro-food enterprises wishing to obtain quality trade marks and brands in the European Union frame (AOC, AOP, etc…).
  • Preservation of biological diversity of plant and animal species, assuring conservation of endangered genetic resources.
  • Assuring food safety, with mainly care to the vigilance on Genetic Modified Organisms (GMO) diffusion.  
  • Carrying out agriculture development projects in compliance with regional environmental protection programs.
  • Assuring fish fauna of the internal waters of regional territory  preservation.
  • Moreover, ARSIAL has been entrusted with the management of the Wild Fauna Regional Monitoring Body and the surveillance of certifying bodies established by the Organic Agriculture Law. 

Life ECORUTOUR / Turismo rurale ambientalmente compatibile in aree protette per uno sviluppo sostenibile a bassa emissione di gas a effetto serra - LIFE08 ENV/IT/000404 - ECORUTOUR / Environmentally COmpatible RUral TOURism in protected areas for a sustainable development at low emission of greenhouse gasses - LIFE08 ENV/IT/000404

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