European projects - Stefano Carrano
  Capitalisation of activities carried out


Enhancement of Transhumance & Quality Shepherd
Among the hypothesis of tourism sustainable mobility developed inside ECORUTOUR project, an event of ecotourism was borne called “The Travel of Transhumance”. It is featured as a tourist travel to walk with the seasonal flocks journey to and fro the summer highland pastures of Amatrice (Rieti province). The event is finalised to the enhancement of the sustainable development of the Central Apennines Mountains, to the development of farming multifunctionality of mountain areas, to the promotion of extensive quality dairy products  and to the promotion of all the related chain system of local products and services at zero mile. The event is linked to a rich didactical documentation associated, on the historic, artistic and cultural aspects related to transhumance and shepherd’s word in the central Apennines Mountains and linked to transhumance all over the world. Find more details click on the website “The Travel of Transhumance”.       

Low-emission Tourism
The LIFE+ ECORUTORUR project, coordinated by the Emilia Romagna Region Tourism Authority with ARPA E.R. and ARSIAL as participating beneficiaries, was created by  S.Carrano, with the purpose to reduce carbon footprints in rural tourism. The proposal focused on farm accommodations  (agritourism) and on tourist services of important environmental protected areas in a new perspective of environmental sustainability involving all the local stakeholders (as local authorities, tourist operators, schools, tourists,  etc.) in different events and actions (as for zero-mile food, ecolabel and contests) taking place in two environmental protected areas: The Parco del Delta del Po (Emilia-Romagna region) and the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e dei Monti della Laga (Latium Region). Find more details into the ECORUTOUR website.

COMMON LANDS valorisation
The Interreg IVC project “COMMONS” was coordinated by Corsica Environment Office and saw ARSIAL in a partnership of 10 international organisations. Overall aim of the project is to compare regional policies and strategies for the identification and management of common lands in order to:
1) Gain a systematic understanding of institutional arrangements and policy strategy ;
2) Understand and compare common lands management systems in use in order to identify best practices.
3) Improve regional and national policy on common lands management and institutional arrangement. The study case targeted by ARSIAL’s action involves the territory of the
Allumiere Agrarian University (Rome). More details could be sought on the project website.

Low-environmental-impact intensive greenhouse agriculture
The European Life Environment project “SUSTGREENHOUSE”  2009-12, designed and accomplished by S. Carrano as coordinator of the communication for one of the partners involved, saw a disseminating action to enhance intensive greenhouse agriculture with low-emissions. To the project participated ARSIAL (beneficiary and coordinator) and the Department of Agroenvironmental Sciences and Technologies of University of Bologna.
The adoption of specific methods and innovations (mixing compost to the soil, precision farming systems, thermal screens) into the sustainable greenhouse during three years of trials allowed to obtain important benefits both on the environmental (spare in water up to 80% and in chemicals up to 36%) and on the economic side for the farmers. From the project’s website are downloadable didactical games, a training course on-line, video, detailed reports and the final conference acts.

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Sustainable fertilisation (composting)
The European Life Environment “FertiLIFE” 2002-05 project, designed and accompli-shed by S. Carrano in his own capacity of technical responsible for one of the partners, was developed in order to disseminate the concept of reducing the chemical input on agrarian soil and to promote the idea of recycling agricultural waste. The assumption to be validated assumed that in an high intensive vegetable farming area like that of Maccarese (near Rome Airport) it was possible to fertilise the crops thanks to the composting (aerobic fermentation) of the vegetable by-products obtained locally. The demonstration was led during three years of work, producing high quality compost in the AMA’s (Roma Municipal Waste Company) waste plant of Maccarese, testing it on different crops of local farmers, selling on the local market the obtained vegetable crops with a specific trade mark, assessing the environmental changes after three years of treatment, assessing the consumer’s acceptance of the sustainable fertilised produce, designing a new and more rational local logistic system. The project involved a strength disseminating activities performed thanks to local guided visits both to the composting plant and the tested crops, and to the involvement of local schools students creating specific brochures on composting and recycling for primary schools usage.Important scientific reports are issued on the WEB, concerning:  crops production results, certified by Tuscia University Vegetal Production Dept.,    environmental analysis results,  market sales results      


Territorial planning in the town-country relationship
The European Intereg III B project “GreenLink”, 2007-08, was accomplished by
S. Carrano as technical consultant for one of the partners. The general project
aimed at studying and sharing concepts and principles and elaborating demonstra-
tive actions in order to optimize the strategies and the wise and respectful planning
of suburban green areas in Mediterranean countries. The specific purpose was the
elaboration of excellent local pilot examples around four axis: 1) technological
infrastructures and productive activities; 2) renewable energies and biodiversity;
3) educational, cultural and artistic activities; 4) sports, leisure and tourism.
In this frame the author accomplished 4 main studies of intervention for the
South Pontine Plain Area (the coastal plain south of Rome) that were issued on
the Web. They concern:
a)      sustainable management of tree shelter belts finalised to energy
b)      utilisation of climate monitoring techniques with the purpose of offering
productive facilities ad services for business, development and
environment protection in the frame of the global climate change;
d)      sustainable enhancement of integrated tourist pathways and the
productive valorisation of territorial underestimated values (landscape
and water resources, with detailed project tables).
Moreover a general overview on route tourism, concerning best practices,
suggestions for the design and technical aids was realised in order to help
local authorities in this matter.       

A CD on the “Valle dei Latini” District
On 2009 a CD collecting all the documents elaborated for the Valle dei Latini (Sacco river valley) District of Latium has been realised for the Latium Region Agriculture Authority. The documents refer mainly to: 1) the economic and social survey on the agriculture and agro-food  state in this District of Latium, whose 20 municipalities were severely affected by the problems originated by the pollution of the Sacco River; 2) the Feasibility Study for the conversion to No Food agriculture (Short Forestry Rotation and bio-energy) of the District, that the Agriculture Authority committed to a team of experts among whom ARSIAL, ENEA, CRPA and Agriconsulting. The CD has been realised in 1000 copies distributed by the Agriculture Authority and ARSIAL. Copies could be obtained on demand by whom interested.   

Small fruit farming
The activities carried out by S. Carrano in the frame of the small fruit farming
for seven years (1999-2005) in the broader frame of the European Regional
Development Fund for the Objective 5b (rural areas) and later of ARSIAL funding,
had the purpose of promoting the diffusion of raspberry,   gooseberry, 
blueberry and bramble in marginal areas of the Latium mountain and marginal
areas. In this frame extension activities were carried out in different places of the
region, consisting of demonstrative fields, technical assistance and trainers training.
The results were collected in two brochures (in Italian) issued on the web
concerning small fruit farming techniques and disease control.
Nutritional facts on fruit & vegetable
 Although not funded by European funds, this project was inserted here for the
importance of its results. These were achieved thanks to the collaboration of
the National Institute of Nutrition (INRAN) and issued for the first time (1994) in
Italian the nutritional values of the main fruit & vegetable products in order to
promote their consumption.

Urban waste characterisation & recycling
The European LIFE project “REMECOM”, 1995-97, was accomplished by
S. Carrano as technical responsible for one of the partners. The general project
aimed at creating a network of 18 local municipalities in six Member States to
exchange experiences concerning sampling and analysis of household waste.
The cities that participated in the activities of this network over three years
aimed to:
-          become more familiar with the composition of their household waste, 
improve recycling and assess the effectiveness of their sorting schemes;
-          exchange and compare the results while harmonising their data.
Among the project results was the realisation of a simple tool designed for
municipal authorities and technicians on how to assess household waste streams.
This tool was later issued by ADEME.  
The project results were later resumed and valorised by the European project  
MEDIACOM”, designed as a means of increasing awareness and gathering a
collection of examples of best practices in the waste management field.
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