Italian Atlas of Environmental Conflicts
The Italian Atlas of Environmental Conflicts is the first Italian open georeferenced Web Platform built by a interdisciplinary team composed of researchers, journalists, activists and territorial committees. It gathers information on the major Environmental conflicts in Italy. From Vajont to Casal Monferrato, from Taranto to Brescia, from the “Terra dei Fuochi” to the Susa Valley, from oil exploitation to the coal-fired power plants, from Industrial districts to agroindustry, from mega-infrastructures to waste management: a national map of the environmental (in) justice. The Atlas of the Italian environmental conflicts also gathers the experiences of active citizenship in defence of local territories and right to health.
The Atlas GIS database and map, in expansion and gathering today over 100 conflicts, is of easy access and consultation thanks to progressive filters and has been thought for the use of researchers, journalists, teachers, students, citizens, local entities and public institutions who have interest and liabilities in the protection of the environment and the public health.
The web platform is also a participative mapping tool: after registration as users, local committees, researchers and other civil society actors will be able to upload information on the platform, following few easy steps to fill in information on a given environmental conflict in a specific spread sheet, which, after previous validation by the CDCA’s research team, will become visible on the online Atlas.
In that sense, the Atlas is also a tool for documentation, citizen’s participation and networking, as well as a platform enhancing visibility and disseminating claims regarding environmental risks’ factors in the all country.
The cases gathered in the Atlas have been elaborated by university researchers, journalists and activists and local grassroots expert in environmental issues in tight collaboration. In addition, they provide a wide bibliography useful for further into depth documentation regarding specific themes and aspects of each conflict.
THANKS AND CREDITS
The Italian Atlas has been realised in part within the project EJOLT, funded under the European Commission FP7 programme and within the ISSC Transformations to Sustainability grant. The realisation of the Atlas has been made possible thanks to the support of the international EJATLAS team. We thanks the international EJAtlas team coordinated at ICTA-UAB by Dr. Leah Temper and for editors Leah Temper, Daniela del Bene and Joan Martinez Alier as well as webmasterYakup Cetinkaya.
This material is based upon work supported in part by seed grants from the ISSC under the Transformations to Sustainability Programme. The Programme is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and serves as a contribution to Future Earth. Supplementary support for seed grants is provided by the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) UK through the Newton Fund and the National Research Foundation of South Africa.”
The opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ISSC, Sida, other sponsors of the Transformations Programme or Future Earth.