Petrignano - Integrated management systems of the Petrignano area : new models against the nitrates pollution
This project introduced â€“ in the Umbra Valley - a new participatory approach in resource management and agricultural production, deemed to be the principal cause of nitrate pollution of alluvial aquifers. The project stressed the introduction of agronomic techniques with low environmental impact, in particular concerning nitrates leaching. Very good results were achieved by applying a bottom-up approach in resource management and agricultural production aimed at involving local formers through their associations. Eighteen showcase fields were established on 163 hectares over four years and the soil and groundwater nitrate content was regularly monitored through specific instruments and water analysis. The project actively participated in the formulation of a regional Action Plan for nitrates vulnerable zones and cooperated in the formulation of the Regional water preservation plan.