21 March 2019
Italy World News

Sea Polluted in Italy: a Hidden Emergency?

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Apulia against pollution at sea: 10 polluted sites found in Foggia while the protocol concerning the collection of marine waste was signed in Molfetta. A group of experts, on the other hand, deals with the plastic emergency in the Mediterranean.

This is a hidden environmental emergency that is unpredictable concerning its consequences. There was waste spilled up until 1981 close to the suburbs of Foggia, in the countryside. Gentile & co have found those landfills where someone grows.

Those lands were once industrial or storage sites and former quarries filled with rubbish. Today, they have returned to agricultural land.

The question posed by the local representatives of Italy in the Municipality: from the post-war period to 1980, where was the waste from Foggia poured and what is there today and above those abandoned discharges?

The working group managed to map around ten sites. It is almost always a former quarry that is abandoned or that was used to bury waste. At that point, the quarry was covered by a meter of land and in some cases, it was cultivated or is still cultivated.
We are faced with a memory of facts and particles. These have since been lost. They haven’t even been passed on to subsequent purchasers of some of those soils. According to some members of the Asl and Arpa, Zooprofilattico should monitor these areas. This is so they can find out what is there. The dioxin in the soils has a persistence that can continue for a long time and could span up to 100 years.

The Report was Drawn up by the Group

The members of the group report: “Going back to the sites of Foggia wasnt easy, with the failure of AMICA (the municipal company that deals with urban sanitation failed in 2012) all the documents were seized and arent accessible“.

Given the lack of official documents, research operations were based purely on the testimony of some citizens.

The Hope: the Authorities Take Steps

We sincerely hope that well start monitoring the 10 areas weve identified, even if It would have been preferable for the institutions to be aware of them. It is rather alarming that everything is ignored or hidden. We assume that it isnt environmental crimes because that was the way waste was handled in that period, because the legislation went into effect in 1981. There’s waste there. These landfills have probably contaminated the groundwater. What we ask for is that the authorities responsible for the analysis of the wells verify if the quality of the land is suitable to produce food. (To understand the extent of pollution)“.

The Protocol Concerning the Collection of Marine Litter

A memorandum was signed between the Fishing Owners Association, Municipal Administration, ASM, Port Authority and Legacoop Puglia. The fisheries and aquaculture department are to implement the recovery of marine waste by the fishermen. They are to raise awareness of the issue.

At the moment, there are ten vessels involved but soon they intend to extend the project to the whole Molfetta navy. Each “entity” will carry out its task, cooperate and will live up to what is established in the protocol. They will try to divulge the project by sensitizing many people about marine pollution.

Therefore, the organizational and functional modalities of this interesting protocol have been defined. This is among its aims, which includes the safeguarding of the marine environment and the responsibility of those who work at sea.
Everyone has a role in this virtuous chain that starts as experimentation that is then to be enlarged. In order to spread the protection of the sea and the ecosystem, an exhibition was held. It included topics such as waste, differentiation, and collection, which saw the participation of various schools.
This collection of marine litter will allow you to catalog them and verify their provenance by identifying the areas of greatest concentration.

The Fishermen? The Guardians of the Sea

The fishermen, with the greatest satisfaction of all, become allies and guardians of the sea from which they get the livelihood. They will then enjoy benefits and incentives, and they will be encouraged to collaborate and become promoters. The sea could, therefore, become cleaner and less polluted with them, with considerable benefits for everyone.

Blue Sea Land, Experts Together to Tackle the Plastic Emergency in the Mediterranean. Approved the Document of the Regions on the new Common Agricultural Policy 2021-2027

The Mediterranean Sea is one of the most polluted seas on the planet in terms of plastic. From the macro to the micro, and even the non-visible things such as paint residues, waste from tires and pesticides.

A conference that addresses one of the most important issues of this edition of Blue Sea Land – said Nino Carlino, President of the District of Fishing and Blue Growth – with at the same table European projects in the field and common strategies to find solutions immediately in the agenda’s common policies of the countries of the basin “.

Miguel Garcia Herraiz, Deputy Secretary General of the Union for Mediterranean, an expert in the blue economy gave a statement. He said: “Were witnessing growing conflicts, generated by climate change, water scarcity. But the issue of waste at sea is increasingly worrying associations and governments. Plastic is one of the major emergencies coming from tourism, industry, and fishing. Its immediately necessary to manage the phenomenon at the Mediterranean level and to involve politics“.

Margherita Ferrante, Laboratory Environmental Hygiene University of Catania: “Fish is a fundamental resource for our quality of life, because its consumption actively opposes cardiovascular diseases if linked to a healthy lifestyle. UNICT has activated two scholarships and a doctorate in biology to monitor the Ionian coast in three years. Then well enlarge to other areas of the Mediterranean and also to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts“.

Numerous Interventions Were Made During the Conference, During Which the Focus was on the Pollution in the Mediterranean.

Accumulated by a common denominator, they tried to devise and respect a document divided into the following points:

– The position of the Regions and the Autonomous Provinces on the post-2020 CAP reform of the agriculture sector
-Task force system on China set up at Mise: a hypothesis involving Regions;
-Information on issues related to the acquisition of anti-mafia documentation;
– Information on the discipline audition from the opening hours of the shops held on October 2nd at the X Commission of the Chamber of Deputies.

Finally, Councilor Girolamo Turano concluded: “The signed document traces the guidelines for the next important events. A very relevant text, especially for those countries where internationalization is still far away. I thank those who with their presence have allowed the creation and discussion of these points in Mazara del Vallo during the Expo Blue Sea Land the ideal place for the comparison of ideas on certain topics. This meeting can be an excellent basis for Blue Sea Land’s next edition“.

Eleonora Boccun

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