Meeting between the Partnership of the Project and the Advisory BoardTwo meetings took place on the 26th of March: in the morning, a progress meeting between partners to discuss the latest developments and actions carried out and plan next steps; while in the afternoon, the first meeting with the members of the Advisory Board, made up of associations and professionals active at an international level in the recovery of terraced landscapes.
JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2021
Garraf Park presents StonewallsforlifeGarraf Park organised two meetings to present the Stonewallsforlife project, one with the Municipalities of the Garraf Park and Olèrdola Park (26 January) and the other with local organisations and stakeholders (23 February) with the aim of seeking new collaborations and invite them to participate. The meeting on the second day took place on a digital platform and can be seen on You Tube
Tender for the assignment of the worksThe Cinque Terre Park has initiated the tender procedure for the assignment of the project of designing, managing and executing the the restoration works on the terraces and dry stone walls.
Webinar with University of CamerinoEmanuele Raso, geologist of the Cinque Terre Park, and Francesco Marchese, consultant of the park, spoke during the webinar on excellent landscapes and climate change organized by UNICAM to showcase how Stonewalls4life project represents an innovative model in the context of climate change adaptation.
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2020
New stakeholders for the projectAbout thirty Italian and European associations have positively responded to the invitation of the Cinque Terre Park Director Patrizio Scarpellini to collaborate to the growth of the Stonewallsforlife project. Among them stand out the European countries that, together with Italy, are registered in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List because of their drystone walls: Cyprus, Croatia, France, Greece, Slovenia, Spain, and Switzerland.
Field activitiesThe researchers from the University of Genoa conducted fieldworks to delineate the geological and geomorphological setting of the intervention area and to understand the spatial distribution and maintenance conditions of drystone walls.
"Virtual" monitor visitOn 8th April 2020, the monitor, Chiara Spotorno by NEEMO EEIG, discussed with the STONEWALLSFORLIFE partners the project activities so far, in a "virtual” visit due to the current Covid-19 health emergency. In a long videoconference, stock has been taken about progress of the project, which is proceeding despite some slowdown due to contingent problems. Fondazione Manarola has already identified the first lots to work on, while researchers from DISTAV are evaluating the best technologies for intervening on drystone walls and drainage channels. Cinque Terre Park has started to fill in the paperwork for the organization of the courses, which are likely to begin next autumn. Legambiente and ITRB Group are carrying on the contacts with stakeholders, while Diputaciò Barcelona is identifying the best area for the project replication. The meeting ended positively, hoping to meet personally soon.
The Siggen SeminarThe seminar "Helping Protected Areas Adapt to Climate Change”, organized by Europarc, the Federation of National Parks and protected areas in Europe, was organized as videoconference call. Emanuele Raso, geologist and coordinator of the project on behalf of the Cinque Terre National Park, participated and reported that "The main topic, namely the climate change adaptation strategies, was dealt with a multidisciplinary approach. Various experts from both the management and the scientific field presented their point of view. It has been an excellent opportunity to lay the foundations for the climate change adaptation plan to be produced at the end of the project itself.”
With the students of the Erasmus Loresu projectStudents involved in the project Erasmus Loresu of the high school Fossati-Da Passano (La Spezia) attended a seminar on the natural and cultural heritage and on sustainability.
With Monash University studentsStudents from the Monash University attended a presentation of the project by the geologist Emanuele Raso and then visited the pilot site with the members of the Fondazione Manarola.
First activities in the pilot siteA team of researchers from the Cinque Terre National Park, DISTAV and ITRB realized a new geomorphological survey procedure to map and classify drystone walls in the pilot area.
Open Day of the Cinque Terre National ParkDuring the Open Day of the Cinque Terre National Park dedicated to the EU projects it coordinates, Emanuele Raso, Eugenio Bordoni and Santo Grammatico presented STONEWALLSFORLIFE.
Kick-off Meeting in ManarolaThe official presentation of the project took place in Vernazza (Cinque Terre). All partners were present as well as local stakeholders, citizens and associations.
Kick-off Meeting in BruxellesThe project STONEWALLSFORLIFE was presented during the Kick-off Meeting in Bruxelles, organized by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).