The Institute for Air Pollution of the Cnr (Cnr-Iia) and Legambiente presented the 2020 report on sustainable islands, real ideal laboratories to face the most urgent environmental challenges, where you can apply innovative models in the energy sectors, of the water, waste, mobility and tourism.
The Report takes into consideration the areas of energy, circular economy, mobility and sustainable tourism, analyzing, with specific numbers, data and factsheets, the situation of 27 inhabited minor islands: Capri, Ischia, Procida, in Campania; Capraia, Giglio Island, Gorgona, Elba Island, in Tuscany; Ponza, Ventotene, in Lazio; Tremiti Islands, in Puglia; Pantelleria, Lampedusa, Linosa, Favignana, Marettimo, Levanzo, Ustica, Lipari, Vulcano, Stromboli, Panarea, Filicudi, Alicudi, Salina, in Sicily; Sant'Antioco, San Pietro, Maddalena, in Sardinia.
THESustainable Islands Observatory promoted by Legambiente and Cnr-Iia, it wants to contribute to the challenge towards a change that can make these islands a laboratory of environmental innovation. “If this situation was understandable a few decades ago, today we are forced to change direction - declares Edoardo Zanchini, vice president of Legambiente -. The goal of our work is to make it clear how today it is possible and necessary to achieve a profound and positive environmental change in these particular territories. To achieve this, policies must be changed and interventions accelerated, taking into account general interests, resident citizens as well as tourists, the environment and the economy. The delays on energy and purification, water and waste are significant but today they can be recovered thanks to the innovations described in the Report ".
"This challenge - continues Francesco Petracchini, Cnr-Iia director - concerns in particular the protection of the natural and landscape resources of our smaller islands, and the possibility of enhancing them with ambitious projects, as they represent a unique but vulnerable ecosystem, in a climatic scenario which foresees significant impacts linked to the increase in the temperature of the atmosphere and the sea, and to anthropogenic pressures due to tourism in the summer months. In the future on the smaller islands there will be a need for more solar systems and electric cars, but also for respect for traditions and for the enhancement of environmental and historical qualities, such as typical crops cultivated with wisdom for centuries to adapt to morphological and climatic conditions, of biodiversity and unique geological ".
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