The final report of June 30 2019, delivered by the European committee
Last July, the final report was delivered, the technical and financial report summarizing the 7 years of activity carried out as part of the Life Magredi Grasslands Project.
In the response letter, the European Commission expressed its appreciation for the considerable commitment made during the 7 years of activity, not least in the organization of the Final Conference whose success, in terms of participation and involvement of the schools and the territory was confirmed in person by the project monitor Alberto Cozzi invited to participate in the event.
The Commission also commended the significant conservation and restoration efforts, congratulating the Biodiversity Service on its excellent results in both quantitative and qualitative terms. The 480 hectares of dry grasslands recovered represent an even higher level of restoration than expected.
The letter ends with some requests of explanation on technical and financial aspects to which the Region will respond in the course of the coming weeks.
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On June 5 2019, at the request of the nursery of Montecchio Precalcino (VI) seedlings and seeds of Molinia caerulea and Eriphorum latifolium, were provided to the technicians of Veneto Agriculture coming from the biotopes and the Friuli nursery according to the agreement that establishes the exchange of plants, genetic material and germplasm between the nurseries managed by Veneto and the Autonomous Province of Trento and the collaboration with the University of Udine in order to ensure the protection of all the rarest and most endangered species worldwide and at community, national and regional level, including some species of the magredi and Friuli resurgences.
Rare species cultivations at the Friuli nursery Palazzolo dello Stella (Volpares company)
The Region through the Biodiversity Service has carried out the important Project Life Magredi Grasslands in order to recover, enhance and preserve a natural and historical environment that uniquely qualifies the region. The project has allowed the restoration of almost 500 hectares of dry grasslands on four Natura 2000 Sites in the high Friuli plain: the Magredi del Cellina, the Valley of the Medio Tagliamento, the Greto del Tagliamento and the Confluence of the Rivers Torre and Natisone. An important pillar of the project is also information and dissemination initiatives including a specific educational project aimed at schools.
As part of the review, the info material produced within the Life Project was distributed, including the publication "Magredi found?
All the participants were given a complimentary copy of the volume and other important info material produced as part of the project, including the text for teachers and nature guides "This year at school we promote the magredi!"
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The publication presented at the final conference
The evening dedicated to Land art in the magredi in Malnisio
At the Malnisio plant, there was a beautiful presentation evening of Stone balancing in the magredi by Vicenzo Sponga and Gabriele Meneguzzi, former directors of the important Land Art exhibition in Pordenone and Polcenigo "Humus Park". The event was organized by the cultural circle "Per le Antiche Vie? (On the Ancient routes) in collaboration with the Region's Biodiversity Service. Stefano Fabian spoke on behalf of the Region, the Mayor of Montereale and the President of the Association Vittorio Comina.
During the evening, the final conference of the Life Project in Udine was announced on May 17, in Udine, inviting everyone to participate.
On June 4, a meeting was held in Udine with an exchange of information with Roberta Ceriani and Andrea Ferrario of the Flora Indigenous Centre on the themes: seed and flower harvesting and propagation of native species, creation of a flower supply chain, restoration of meadows, identification of regional sites with high biodiversity to devote to flower harvesting for the restoration interventions of the degraded meadows.
The CFA is an entity that operates within the Park of Mount Barro and for years has been engaged in consulting activities on the recovery of the meadows on the ski slopes. For some time now it has followed a specific project dedicated to building up a flower supply chain to be used in the restoration of natural and semi-natural meadows with a high biodiversity content. The project is conducted in collaboration with some farmers interested in meadows and flower harvesting as a corporate added value. All this also in order to identify regional areas with a high biodiversity content under Legislation Decree 148/2018, attempting to connect flower producers with potential users by developing the flower supply chain already operational in other EU states.
The CFA was particularly interested in the LR 9/2015 regulations as a useful starting point for identifying the meadows high in biodiversity in Friuli and, through the inventory of permanent grasslands and locating those of greater value and potential also thanks to the parameters that describe their state of conservation.
As part of the networking activities, the CFA was asked to develop a partnership for possible Life Projects between Lombardy and the FVG Region able to promote a supply chain: permanent grasslands/flowers/subjects interested in restoring apart from the availability to become involved during the conference dedicated to the Grasslands Life Project and issues related to the protection and restoration of grasslands that was held in Friuli in early 2019.
On May 12 2018, a walk was held to discover the ZSC "Confluence Of Torre and Natisone Rivers". During the event, the restoration work carried out within the Life Magredi Grasslands project and that carried out in collaboration with the Hunting Reserve and the Municipality of Chiopris Viscone was visited.
On April 27, 2018, the project was presented in an open-air route called "Stories of Cellina between Ravedis and Partidor: the signs of human-made transformation". During the event, Stefano Fabian spoke and presented the main activities and results achieved by the Life Magredi Grasslands project.
On April 16 2018, as part of the lesson on Ecology of Environmental Restoration of the degree course in Environmental Sciences, the seminar was held entitled "The restoration of dry grasslands in lowland and river environments: criticality and solutions: the example of the Life Magredi Grasslands Project. The seminar held by Dott. Oriolo saw the presence of about twenty students and doctoral student
On February 11 2018, about 30 people took part in the event "FORTEZZA FVG - From military space to shared space" created by Legambiente of Pordenone in collaboration with various bodies and associations. The event lasting half a day took place in the Dandolo Military shooting range (ZSC "Magredi del Cellina"). The attached leaflet for more information.
On October 26 2017, an important information exchange and networking meeting was held between the staff in charge of the Life Project and a delegation made up of staff from the Croatian Ministry of Environment and other associations and bodies of the Croatian Republic as well as some representatives of the Italian Ministry of Environment and Protection of the Territory and the Sea.
In the morning, a visit was planned to the areas at the Dandolo di Maniago (ZSC "Magredi del Cellina") to see the areas restored as part of the Life Magredi Grasslands project. This inspection had the aim of observing the results achieved by the actions of restoring the arid grasslands from uncultivated and previous cultivated lands. In the afternoon, another survey was carried out in the areas of the ZSC "Greto del Tagliamento" where it was possible to observe the areas subject to the action of restoration of dry grasslands starting from degraded newly formed bushes and areas invaded by the alien specie Amorpha fruticosa.
On June 8th, 2017 at the Economics Technical Institute "Odorico Mattiussi" of Pordenone about 40 students attended a lesson on Friuli Grasslands held by the Responsible for Communication of the Life Project.
The documentaries "Life Magredi Grasslands" and "Magredi yesterday, today and tomorrow" have been shown during the lesson and the publication of the same name in addition to "Pordenone's Magredi, the latest praires", "At school this year we promote Magredi", "By flower to flower" and "A protection network for Nature" have been distributed.
The Management of the Technical Institute on the basis of the stimulating experience presented subsequently a candidacy project fot FSE PON 2014-2020 Programme entitled "Act locally, think globally" to be carried out with the support and the collaboration of the Regional Service recipient and owner of Life Project.
If the submitted project is selected, it will be possible to involve some Local Associations and Administration in order to design some cycling routes across Magredi.
On May 28th, 2017 the Landscape and Biodiversity Regional Service guided a delegation of A.DI.P.A. Botanical and Horticultural Association in a visit of about 100 hectares of arid restored grasslands at Dandolo in Maniago. It was the first time members of the Association visited those that they could appreciate as the tallest meadows of the whole Padano Veneta Friulana plain. Attendands were excited about the results achieved by the Life Project, hoping for new insights to make this extraordinary botanical heritage still unknown to many enthusiasts.
The international networking conference "Environment needs LIFE for the next 25 years" was held on May 25th-26th, 2017 at the European Commission Conference Room in Ljubljana.
The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region's delegation attended the workshop on May 25th taking advatage of this occasion for exchanging information and experiences with other Life Projects beneficiaries both in Italy and in Europe.
During the round table dedicated to the comparison of the various Project's beneficiaries, some Officers of the Landscape and Biodiversity Regional Service illustrated the activities and results of the Life Magredi Grasslands Project through a poster specifically prepared for the convention.
Many delegations, both Italian and foreign, had the occasion to notice the wide amount of information (from publications to documentaries) prepared for the dissemination and promotional activity of Life Project.
On May 26th, 2017 at 20.30 at Villa Cattaneo - San Quirino (PN) a conference dedicated to the enhancement of Magredi and Resourgences area was held in a crowded hall.
During the meeting organized by the Pro-Cordenons Association in collaboration with the Landscape and Biodiversity Regional Service, Stefano Fabian and Pierpaolo Zanchetta spoke about the various themes recalled by the evening's subtitle: from the paths and itineraries useful to support "slow" tourism, to the need to better coordinate rules and tools to manage the territory in order to avoid bureaucratic paralysis, to the restoration work carried out under the Life Magredi Grasslands Project.
The evening ended with the intervention of Gabriele Meneguzzi and Vincenzo Sponga who illustrated how magredi and riverbed landscapes have always been inspiration for people and artists who, like them, have been working for years in the field of Land Art and specifically of Stone Balancing.
During the other days connected to the event "Between Magredi and Resourgences", there were hiking, biking and horse riding, following the guiding line of the enogatronomic itineraries for the discovery of local and natural products also with night excursions organized by the Cordenonese Naturalistic Association.
On April 22nd 2016, in Vivaro, as part of "Let's meet in the Magredi" show the Life Project and the related documentary was presented. The event, organised in cooperation with the local Ecomuseum "Lis Aganis" was attended by about 25 people.
On April 9th 2016 at the Spilimbergo Agricultural Engineer Institute auditorium the Life Project was presented to students and citizenship. A first map of routes and hiking trails and a calendar for the visit of the dry grassland natural aspects during the different seasons were introduced.
The map, prepared by Keeppoint, is one of the planned tools to promote a "slow turism" inside Magredi. The event was attended by about 150 people including representatives of the Region, the Mayor of Spilimbergo and the President of the Institute. At the end of the conference, some local companies offered a free glimpse of the typical local products.
On March 31st 2016 a cooperation with "Pro Pordenone" Association for the preparation of a photographic book of Magredi and Pordenone Resourgences started. The Landscape and biodiversity Regional Service handled a specific chapter dedicated to "Magredi di Pordenone" relevance and to what the Region is doing as part of the Life Magredi Grasslands Project.
On September 15th 2016 7.00PM, at "Gelateria-Pasticceria Montereale" in Pordenone, on the occasion of the Pordenonelegge.it Festival the book "From Magredi to Noncello" will be presented.
Stefano Fabian, responsible for Life Magredi Grassland Project communication explains the environmental peculiarities of Magredi.
A key aspect of the Life Magredi Grasslands Project is represented by the information and divulgation activities dedicated to grasslands' awareness promotion, with particular relevance of the environmental education project for schools named "This year at school we promote Magredi!". It involved 56 classes, more than 120 teachers and over 1130 students in training and teaching paths: during 2013/2014 classroom and outdoors workshops were held, while during 2014/2015 it was set up a specific contest for the creation of a logo and a slogan useful to promote the grasslands.
Sunday, June 7th, 2015 at 9:30 at the Region Auditorium in Udine there was the official closing of the contest with the awarding of logos and slogans selected.
The ceremony was attended by:
Mariagrazia Santoro: Regional Councillor of infrastructure, mobility, spatial planning, public works, building
Magda Uliana: Regional Director of infrastructure, mobility, spatial planning, public works, building
Diego Masiello: Coordinator of the Educational Nature Center of Basovizza
Massimo Stroppa: Director of the Regional Forest Service
Graziano Danelin: Director of the Regional Natural Park of the Friulian Dolomites
Stefano Santi: Director of the Regional Natural Park of the Julian Alps
Stefano Fabian: Head of communication and educational activities of the Life Magredi Grasslands Project
Gianna Sgobino: Support environmental education activities
Magredi and Life Project were presented on Sunday May 24th, 2015 in Budoia as part of the first Meadows and Hay Feast.
Also as part of the NATIRA 2000 DAY week and in collaboration with Prodenone section of FAI Giovani Association, on May 17th, 2015 an hike in the SCI "Magredi del Cellina" at Dandolo/Maniago was carried out.
40 partecipants appreciated the beauty of the place and attended the presentation of the results of the grasslands recovery remedial measures conducted on about 100 hectares of formerly fallow lands. The astonishment was great and generalised when observing that where until only two years ago there was only a proliferation of brambles and weeds, wild orchids literally exploded in bloom: a clear sign of colonization already in place by the most typical species of the grasslands!
During the week dedicated to the "NATURE DAY 2000", Thursday May 14th at the hall of the City Library T. Degan in Pordenone the documentary "LIFE MAGREDI Grasslands - a project for recovering Friuli grasslands" was presented.
A description of the documentary could briefly summarized as:
"With their silence and stillness the grasslands constitute a unique ecosystem dominated by the presence of stones locally called "claps".
The documentary explores the environment of arid grasslands in various aspects gradually revealing how and what - especially in summer and winter - appears as a stony barren desert but hides an environment rich in biodiversity. Steppes miraculously survived at the edges of the Po Valley.
For this reason the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia is developing the project LIFE MAGREDI GRASSLANDS that involves the restoration of 400 hectares of dry grasslands on four protected areas of European importance.
The documentary shows the various stages of restoration of the meadows threatened by the advance of the Woods and the invasion of non-native shrubs.
Thanks to this initiative the basis for transforming grassslands from an abandoned place to a chance to preserve and enhance a territory at the same time unusual, extraordinary and unexpected in the context of regional, Italian and European have been laid."
The work carried out by the Primary School of Cavasso Nuovo in collaboration with the Region from which the publication " Magredi, yesterday, today and tomorrow" had been taken became a documentary.
The production constitutes the visual archive of the experiences carried out by the children accompanied by teachers and by experts in the Magredi area, a site rich in biodiversity and in rare habitat protected at European level, an environment and rural frame that uniquely characterizes our Region and that can become an opportunity to enhance, together with the peculiarity of the places, also its most rare and special products.
On Saturday 12nd and Sunday 13th of April 2014, AIAPP (Italian Association of Landscape Architecture) in collaboration with the Regional Service for the Landscape and Biodiversity Protection organized two days dedicated to magredi within the annual exhibition "Landscapes and Open Gardens ".
During this spring edition AIAPP selected one hundred places on the Italian territory where the landscape resources and economic development are coexisting in a positive symbiosis. Ordinary and extraordinary landscapes that could be explored allowing visitors to discover and rediscover the richness of the unique and unusual landscapes and their ability to be the engine of economic development in all its meanings, from tourism to manufacturing, through am unusual interdisciplinary connection.
On Saturday 12th at the Modern Art Gallery Auditorium at Galvani Park in Pordenone, Stefano Fabian had introduced the Life Magredi Grasslands Project, illustrating how the Region is doing to protect biodiversity and to enhance this landscape so typically Friulian. The day later the attendands had the opportunity to take part of a tour dedicated to the Magredi's territorial peculiarities with a visit to some local wineries and wine tasting rooms followed by an inspection of the "Magredi del Cellina" protected site with the observation of local flora and fauna. During the tour the restoration activities carried out by the Region as part of the LIFE Project and realized thanks to the fundamental contribution of funds made available by the European Union were briefly explained. The visit, as a whole, has enabled participants to better understand the natural and socio-economic impact of these such unique and biodiversity-rich "ppor lands" and to understand how nature conservation is now perceived not only as a constraint but as opportunity to move energies and to promote the growth of positive proposals throughout the local area.
Cordenons, April 11st - The magredi - Magredis in Friulian language - meadows, ancient and unique natural environment between Tagliamento and Livenza rivers, as subject of a new documentary produced by the Press and Communication TV Production of Region Friuli Venezia Giulia was presented at the Cordenons Auditorium. Considered for a long time as empty and worthless arid stony spaces, Magredi entered today in the European Natura 2000 Protection Network. They have been the focus of a project that involved Cavasso Nuovo's schools and the Regional Department for the Land Planning to work on conservation and future, rekindling old links with nature and with the culture of the land.
A publication first and then a movie have picked up the story, the testimonies and experiences of those who lived deep bond with nature and a difficult environment. The "once upon a time" that grandparents have told the children of schools has become images marked by the cycle of the seasons. An important path for a recovery of the values ??connected to the land and to the centrality of the efforts over time by the men who have kept what experts today are calling biodiversity, elements that are also at the center of the new Landscape Plan that Friuli Venezia Giulia is developing in a continuos synergy with the territory said Cordenons' mayor Mario Ongaro and the Regional Council Member Mariagrazia Santoro.
As planned by the environmental education proposal "This year in school we promote grasslands", on December 12th 2013 in the Region Palace in Udine the training day dedicated to teachers of classes who have joinedthe two-years project was held.
In the same day Stefano Fabian described the ecology aspects of the dry grasslands, the Life Project contents and the printed booklet with some cards for conducting specific laboratory activities in the classroom and outdoor; Cristiano Francescato in detail described the recovering measures and the monitoring activities inside the four sites involved by the project; Roberto Parodi has highlighted particular aspects related to the avifauna; Mauro Galdana and Raffaela Corrado have taken care of the part relating to environmental education; Antonio Cordenons proposed a series of images dedicated to the grassland landscapes,Antonio Cossuta finally animated a short final workshop.
During the day in addition to the three publications that the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia dedicated to the grasslands, other informative and naturalistic material edited by the Region were distributed in order to allow an improving of the teaching activity scheduled by the project.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 , at 20.30 , at the municipal hall of Vivaro , was held an information evening dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the magredi within the project " Life Magredi Grasslands ." The meeting organized by the municipality of Vivaro , New Cavasso , Maniago was organized in collaboration with the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and saw the participation of: ARPA FVG , ERSA , AS " Western Friuli ," Province , Coldiretti and Breeders Association FVG .
The event was included in the calendar of initiatives that UNESCO , in ? Scope of the week focused on sustainable development , this year decided to dedicate the " LANDSCAPES of BEAUTY ."
The evening also was included in the margins and at the conclusion of the Project Agenda 21 " Open Spaces " at the conclusion of what will be called the new Rules of Rural Police through the involvement of the population and local institutions .
During the meeting were discussed the ecology , landscape and biodiversity of the magredi and the remedial measures , as well as outreach initiatives related to the same Project Life .
The event also included the projection nature and content of photographs dedicated to the artistic landscape of the magredi . The intense and beautiful images of Sergio and Antonio Vaccher Cordenons that for years has been dedicated to the photography of this natural environment so special, have aroused great emotion and interest in the audience agreed .
On May 12th, 2013 the Hunting, Fish Resources and Biodiversity Regional Service, in collaboration with the Udine's branch of Italian Association UOEI (Unione Operaia Escursionisti Italiani), organized an excursion dedicated to the Life Project Grasslands.
The walking path has been articulated for about 8 hours between the "Biotope regional nature magredi of San Quirino" and continued through the SCI of "Magredi the Cellina" to the wildlife observation tower of San Foca (S.Quirino). From here the group of hikers, led by an officer and by a naturalist that the Region has made available for the occasion, crossed the bridge over the Cellina river continuing in the direction of the Dandolo (Maniago) reaching the place subjected to restoration.
The tour, in addition to allowing participants to understand the aims of Life project and the important conservation objectives that the Region and the European Union through the project have set up on the Friulian magredi topic, has produced great enthusiasm by all the walkers which declared that they never had been able to pass through meadows of plain so vast and full of blooms and to appreciate the value represented by the biodiversity associated with them.
During the monitoring visit on April 18th 2013, the European Commission's advisor Alberto Cozzi went, along with the regional Staff who follow the LIFE Project, in the places of the 4 interested SCIs to verify the outcome of the first restoration of dry grasslands.
on Tuesday, April 9th at 8:30PM, at the Centre "Alberto Pasquini" in Zoppola was held the presentation of the Project Life Magredi Grasslands.
The event was organized by the Region in collaboration with the Municipal Library of Zoppola and with the support of Free University of Zoppola, Craf, Eco-museum Lis Aganis, Elementary School and Nuovo Cavasso Grava Bike Association.
During the meeting dedicated to "Magredi of Pordenone" Special Protection Area and "Magredi the Cellina" SCI, Stefano Fabian of Hunting, Fishing Resources and Biodiversity Regional Service presented the peculiarities of the latest dry grasslands of Friuli Venezia Giulia dedicating a large space to the interventions that the Region is implementing through the Life Project also emphasizing the ongoing informative and educational initiatives. On the occasion was proposed an exhibition of photographs, taken by Sergio Vaccher, Antonio Cordenons and Stefano Fabian, a collection of unpublished and suggestive images and movies of the landscapes and of the unique biodiversity of the magredi.
At the end of the meeting, all attendees (nearly 100 people) received a free copy of the publications dedicated to the Magredi topic issued by the Region. The event was a huge success, so much so that some of the several people who came to the event, as demonstration of the interest that magredi topic is able to arouse, remained standing due to unavailability of seats.