Le Green Spikes 2019 for rural municipalities have been announced by FEE Italy - Foundation for Environmental Education and Confagricoltura at Palazzo della Valle, Confagricoltura headquarters. Present the Mayors of the Municipalities that have obtained this recognition.
Tuscany is the region that has obtained the highest number of awards along with Marche and Piedmont. The procedural procedure, ISO 9001-2015 certified, guided the evaluation of the applications, allowing the Evaluation Committee to reach the final result. The contribution of various institutional bodies such as the Ministry of the Environment and the Protection of the Territory and the Sea was important in the work group; the Ministry of Agricultural, Food, Forestry and Tourism Policies; the Forest, Environmental and Agribusiness Protection Unit of the Carabinieri; ISPRA; the CNR and Confagricoltura.
42 rural locations in this fourth edition, they will be able to recognize the Spighe Verdi 2019. "Spighe Verdi" is a FEE program, designed to guide rural municipalities, step by step, to choose land management strategies in a virtuous path that benefits the environment and the quality of life of the entire community.
"Spighe Verdi" is an effective tool of development of our rural heritage, rich in natural and cultural resources, also with a view to employment. In order for the program to achieve maximum results, two essential elements are needed: the willingness of the municipal administration to start a path of improvement and the participation of the community and of the companies, especially the agricultural ones, in its realization.
To bring the rural municipalities to the gradual adoption of the "Spighe Verdi" scheme, FEE Italia shared with Confagricoltura a set of indicators capable of photographing the land management policies and directing them towards criteria of maximum attention to the sustainability. Some indicators taken into consideration were: public participation; education for sustainable development; the correct use of the land; the presence of typical agricultural productions, sustainability and innovation in agriculture; the quality of the tourist offer; the existence and degree of functionality of purification plants; waste management with particular regard to recycling; the enhancement of the natural areas possibly present in the territory and of the landscape; the care of urban furniture; accessibility for all without limitations. These are just some of the indicators that guide the program and will be susceptible to changes, with a view to continuous improvement and maximum involvement of Italian municipalities.
"Spighe Verdi" is based on FEE's thirty-year experience, present in 76 Countries, in the management of the international "Blue Flag" program, a voluntary eco-label assigned to the seaside tourist resorts. agriculture it has a priority role in the "Spighe Verdi" program, since it is here that the true cultural revolution must take place. From this need arises the collaboration between FEE Italia and Confagricoltura, already engaged on this front with the EcoCloud project which inspires many of the selected indicators.
"This extraordinary result is the result of the close and firm bond between agriculture and tourism." He explains Marco Neri, president of Confagricoltura Tuscany “Many of our companies have known with intelligence and ability to transform over the years, responding to the challenges of an evolving market and they have done so never betraying their nature as agricultural realities. For this reason it is essential that those who put the link with the territory and its specificities in the first place. can be put in a position to work. "
"It is with satisfaction that we are also announcing for the 2019 an increase in the rural municipalities that have obtained the Green Spikes, well 42 - said Claudio Mazza, president of FEE Italy -. It is a path that aims to stimulate the rural municipalities to a sustainable management of the territory - continues Mazza -, engaging them in a process of continuous improvement and creating a strategic link between local administrations and farmers for the enhancement of the territory. "
"More and more municipalities have made sustainability their great opportunity and agriculture is the sector from which to start the cultural revolution - he underlined Massimiliano Giansanti, president of Confagricoltura, highlighting how Spighe Verdi can represent a turning point, also in terms of marketing and communication, for the so far little known realities -. An imported card to play on the table of territorial competitiveness, as the Blue Flag Municipalities have done in over thirty years of life ".
The "Spighe Verdi" 2019 have been assigned in 13 Regions, one more than the previous edition. The three Regions with the highest number of awards are Marche, Tuscany and Piedmont, all with 6 locations. For the Marche: Esanatoglia, Grottammare, Matelica, Mondolfo, Montecassiano and Numana; for Tuscany :; for Piedmont: Pralormo, Alba, Santo Stefano Belbo, Vicoforte, Canelli and Volpedo. They follow the Campania with 5 localities (Agropoli, Positano, Pisciotta, Massa Lubrense and Ascea); Puglia with 4 (Castellaneta, Ostuni, Carovigno, Andria); Lazio with 4 (Canale Monterano, Anguillara Sabazia, Pontinia, Gaeta). There are three towns, Veneto (Porto Tolle, Caorle, Montagnana) and Abruzzo (Tortoreto, Giulianova, Roseto degli Abruzzi). There is a rural municipality for each of the remaining regions: Liguria (Lavagna), Umbria (Montefalco), Sicily (Ragusa), Calabria (Trebisacce), Trentino (Cavareno).