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UNIPA participated in the workshop "Climate change and vegetation in mediterranean mountains"

Giuseppe Bazan, from the University of Padova, participates at the workshop "Climate change and vegetation in mediterranean mountains", organised by the Italian Botanic Society in Pollino national park, from the 23rd to the 26th of June. Several Italian researchers will debate in the field about ecology, mountainous vegetation and their management. The workshop will be a place to discuss and transmit to the Italian botanic scientific community new interdisciplinary approaches carried out by MEMOLA project in landscape study.

UNIPA participated at the National Urbanists Conference at Catania (Sicily)

MEMOLA research activities have been presented yesterday at the National Urbanists Conference at Catania (Sicily). We spoke about Bio-cultural landscapes and the foundamental role that traditional irrigation systems can play to stimulate new models of sustainable grow and innovative regeneration of the landscapes based on their natural resources, historical and cultural.

It has also been a good chance to illustrate and discuss with urbanists the recent Water Policy Brief.

UNIPA participated at the 2016 SIEP-IALE Conference

The University of Palermo presented "Bio-cultural diversity of some ‪Mediterranean‬ ‪mountain‬‪ landscapes‬" by G. Bazan and G. Baiamonte at the 2016 SIEP-IALE conference Challenges of Anthroponce and the role of Landscapes ‪Ecology‬ in ‪Asti‬ (Italy)

Meeting of community botany

Thursday 28 April MEMOLA project, in collaboration with the Association Alba Nuova, set a meeting of community botany in Calatafimi Segesta (Italy) to conduct a census of old fruit trees in Trapani (Monti di Trapani)

Pedological and agronomic survey and sampling in the Euganean Hills

From 12 to 15 October 2015, UCO, UNIPA and UNIPD teams, have analyzed the three sample areas chosen for the pedological, botanical and agronomic study in the Euganean Hills:
1) The gardens of the Benedictine monastery of Praglia, where we interviewed the abbot Norberto, and the archivist of the monastery Mr. Guillermo who explained what was the historical agricultural management and how they do now;
2) The vineyards of Campagnola and Villa Alessi agritourisms at Faedo, where the typical wine of the Hills -the Moscato- is made, and where they have recovered the types of traditional vineyards of Colli that had been lost;
3) The terraced landscape of the old Castle of Baone, which is evaluating the change in land use from the Napoleonic land register of 1828 until today.

Biodiversity in Sicilian Agroecosystems: the old fruit trees

Cultural landscapes, with their agricultural ecosystems, are the place where the biodiversity of wild plants has been preserved and biodiversity of cultivates plants was generated. The current richness of fruit trees varieties is the result of a millennial process of introduction and domestication occurred in different historical periods and, therefore, closely linked to the people who come through Sicily.

One of the objective of the FP7 MEMOLA Project is understanding the processes of historical landscapes formation to draw strategies of preservation, diffusion and valorisation of the cultural heritage (both tangible and intangible) and of the environment.

For this reason, we are carrying out activities of dissemination in regards of cultivated plants biodiversity through workshops, training activities and this informative video.

The night of archaeology

On 28 July, at the castle of Baida (Balata di Baida-Castellammare del Golfo), we presented the preliminary results of the latest excavation campaign in Pizzo Monaco. In the same evening were defined multidisciplinary studies (soil and botanical) included at the research.

Land use and biodiversity assessment of the Upper Vjosa Valley

The University of Palermo and the CeRPHAAL association started the land-use and biodiversity assessment in the traditional agroecosystems of the Upper Vjosa Valley. The focus of the study was the observation of current and historical land-use patterns of the territory. A floristic collection around the sites of Lëmenjëza, Magjirica and the surrounding areas was carried out. Also we began a survey of the ethno-varieties of vines traditionally cultivated in the Upper Vjosa Valley.