Life agriCOlture proposes an innovative partnership for soil sustainable management in the territory of the Emilian Apennine. A strategic collaboration between four bodies that, with different specificities and objectives, deal with management and sustainable development of this mountain area.
The Emilia Centrale Watershed Management Authority is a public-law entity that was born in October 2009 by the merging of the smaller Consortia of Parmigiana Moglia Secchia and Bentivoglio-Enza. It ensures the correct management of surface water (drainage and irrigation) for the protection and development of a large territory located between the provinces of Reggio Emilia, Parma and Modena. In its large mountain district it also ensures the protection and prevention of infrastructures, fields and other strategic assets from the severe hydrological instability that characterize Emilian Apennine.
The Burana Watershed Management Authority is a public-law institution that was founded in October 2009. It ensures the correct management of surface water (drainage and irrigation) for the protection and development of a large territory located between the provinces of Modena, Mantua, Ferrara, Bologna and Pistoia for a total area of 242.521 hectares. In its large mountain district (86.050 ha) it also ensures the protection and prevention of infrastructures, fields and other strategic assets from the severe hydrological instability that characterize Emilian Apennine.
CRPA S.p.A. is a company with prevailing public capital and strongly oriented towards social purposes. CRPA is structured in research areas: environment, animal husbandry, agronomy, economics and technical means, information systems. It has a specialized service in the diffusion and dissemination of research results. The CRPA laboratory analyzes zootechnical food, wastewater, animal waste, biomass materials and manure. CRPA has been collaborating with ISPRA in the inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture.
The Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park was established with D.P. May 21, 2001. It covers an area of over 26.000 hectares and includes territories from two administrative regions (Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna), 4 provinces (Reggio Emilia, Massa Carrara, Parma and Lucca) and 16 municipalities. Its district includes four State Natural Reserves and 16 sites belonging to the Natura2000 Network. Its activities are mainly aimed at the conservation and enhancement of the natural heritage, the reconstruction of the hydrogeological balance, and the promotion of the socio-economic potential of the territory.