Bem Diverso Project – field visit to Alto Rio Pardo, Minhas Gerais, Brazil

A field trip was held in the Alto Rio Pardo, in Brasil, to visit experiences in this agro-forestry area.
The trip is part of the initiative on Mainstreaming Sustainable Use of Forests for Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Alleviation, under the “Sector Dialogues”, and it is promoted by the European Union, Ministry of Economy, EMBRAPA and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil and the Bem Diverso UNDP/GEF Project.
Sector Dialogues are a cooperation instrument aimed at reinforcing the strategic partnership between the EU and Brazil, based on the principles of reciprocity, complementarity and mutual interest. Dialogues address to enhance exchange of knowledge, experiences and best practices at technical and political level, around key areas of interest for both sides.
Giacomo is the Consultant in charge to prepare the Sectorial Dialogues Programme document.

http://bemdiverso.org.br/not%C3%ADcias/miss%C3%A3o-europeia-visita-o-territ%C3%B3rio-do-alto-rio-pardo

Cost–benefit analysis on the introduction of the Strategic Environmental Assessment in Cabo Verde

Last year a new Decree-Law for the introduction of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in Cape Verde was prepared, under the BIO-TUR project. The option of introducing the SEA needed to be deeply analyzed, in order to assess costs and benefits.
The cost-benefit analysis, based on ecosystem services approach, has been finalized during the last month and the Final Report presented to UNDP Cape Verde Country Office and National Directorate of Environment.
SEA should be introduced in the Country, to avoid negative impacts, mostly due to tourism infrastructures development in Sal, Boavista and Maio. The costs of the “zero” scenario (i.e. no introduction of SEA in the Cape Verdean legislation) would overpass 30 times the costs of its introduction and SEA should support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, for the sustainable and inclusive growth of the Country.
The cost-benefits analysis has been prepared by Paulino Dias and Giacomo Cozzolino.

Project and Financial management services for European Projects

In the last 10 years SETIN has gained extensive experience in the field of Project Management of complex projects and in Financial Management for the financial reporting, mainly European funded projects.
Based on this experience, SETIN has developed a highly professional team that allows us to provide quality services in the following areas:
• Project Management of European projects
• Financial Management and Reporting of funded projects
• Project Monitoring

For more info you can write an e-mail to: mail@setinsrl.eu

CORALIFE Project

Ecolinfa experts actively participated in the preparation of the full proposal of CORALIFE Project. The main objective of CORALIFE is to maintain and restore the marine biodiversity of reef habitats in Civitavecchia and Argentario M. coastal areas (Italy), included in the “Habitats Directive” under the code 1170 “Reef”.
The project actions will restore the habitat through the recovery, maintenance and restocking of coralligenous species that are accidentally caught as bycatch during fishing activities. The project will defend unregulated diving activities, anchoring on reef sites and mortalities caused by fishing activities.
Main objectives are:
• development of facilities for the deployment of an Observing Maintaining and Farming System (OMF) that will ultimately enable the reintroduction of bycatch organisms back to their natural environment on natural substrates of selected sites
• standardization of protocols, methods and techniques related to coral recovery, in situ transplantation and conservation
• active involvement of local fishermen for sample collection and the development of a Code of Conduct.
• moorings for the protection of reef habitats hotspots and the establishment of interdicted areas to fishing and anchorage
• involvement of diving associations in the protection activities

The Value Of Pollinators To The Ecosystem And Our Economy

“Every season, pollination from honey bees, native bees, and flies deliver billions of dollars (U.S.) in economic value” Forbes writes.

According to the USDA, one colony of honey bees is worth 100 times more to the community than to the beekeeper — meaning the value they deliver extends well beyond their actual price.

Ecosystem Services provided by pollinators are very important at global level and we have considered them in our ecosystem services economic valuations.

SETIN has participated to the last Horizon 2020 call on low carbon future

SETIN is part of a consortium made of academia and economic operators, which has submitted a proposal under the last Horizon 2020 call on “BUILDING A LOW-CARBON, CLIMATE RESILIENT FUTURE: SECURE, CLEAN AND EFFICIENT ENERGY”.

The Project Proposal addresses the work programme topic “Decarbonisation of the EU building stock: innovative approaches and affordable solutions changing the market for buildings renovation”.

It is based on energy optimization of existing residential buildings taking into consideration climate change.

Alessandro has prepared the Project Proposal in cooperation with other partners.

Life SEPOSSO organizes the “Restoring e governance” Networking event in Ischia (NA)

In the whole of the planned events in Ischia (NA), last 27 September in the port of the city, M.EDU.S.A s.r.l. of Alessandra Benini hosted the meeting  “Restoring e Governance” organized by LIFE SEPOSSO at the “Navigando verso Aenaria” multimedia room, in Ischia Ponte.

The “Regno di Nettuno” Marine Protected Area, the Anton Dohrn Zoological Station, the Life ROC-POP project, the Horizon 2020 MERCES project and the Interreg SASPAS project participated in the event. The aim of the meeting was to share the scientific and divulgation targets as well as the results achieved to date by the various invited projects.

SETIN is one of the SEPOSSO partners, Alessandro is the Project Manager and Giacomo the Ecosystem Services Specialist of the project.

Final Conference of LIFE TartaLife Project held on September in Portonovo (Ancona)

The final TartaLife conference has been held on Friday, September 20 at the Seebay Hotel in Portonovo (AN). All the project partners have been illustrated the activities carried out and the results achieved in these 6 years of the project will participate. In addition some representatives of local authorities, fishermen and also various experts on the theme of sea turtles conservation, have attended the conference.

The TartaLife main results are:

  • 100% reduction of turtle bycatch obtained with TEDs,
  • 100% reduction of turtle bycatch obtained with UV-LED lamps and collapsible fish pots,
  • 30% reduction of turtle bycatch obtained using circle hooks, with reduction of direct mortality,
  • more than 1.500 turtles rescued by TartaLife centers,
  • more than 5000 public events.

Alessandro has been the Project Manager of TartaLife.

 

The cooperation instrument for partnership between EU and Brazil is supporting sustainable forestry management

Sector Dialogues are a cooperation instrument aimed at reinforcing the strategic partnership between the EU and Brazil, based on the principles of reciprocity, complementarity and mutual interest. Dialogues address to enhance exchange of knowledge, experiences and best practices at technical and political level, around key areas of interest for both sides.

This instrument is supporting the development of a cooperation initiative in the field of sustainable forestry in Brazil, focused on technical-scientific cooperation between different institutions. The overall objective of this initiative is to Mainstream Sustainable Use of Forests for Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Alleviation.

Giacomo is working on this project.

http://www.sectordialogues.org/

Amazzonia

Ecosystem Services Partnership World Conference – Hannover, October 2019

The 10th conference of Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will take place in Hanover, Germany, between the 21st and the 25th of October.

The ESP10 conference locations are the Leibniz University for the opening day on Monday, and the Hannover Congress Centre for the rest of the conference.

The conference program will include seven key-notes speeches and about fifty sessions.

More than 600 delegates from all over the world will attend the conference. Giacomo will represent Ecolinfa and he will present an abstract on our last experience on protected areas in Cape Verde.

https://www.espconference.org/esp10