In the amphitheater after the first interventionsMeeting in the headquarter of the Cinque Terre Park and then inspection in the intervention area with the researchers of the University of Genoa, the project managers, the Manarola Foundation, the representatives of the Cinque Terre Park and Legambiente to evaluate the next actions to be carried out.
Work begins on the pilot siteIn recent days, the process of assigning the works of the first lot within the pilot site, the amphitheater of Manarola, has been completed with the aim of removing the rampant vegetation from the land and thus being able to verify the state of conservation of the walls to subsequently proceed with the restoration of the dry stone walls. The farms in charge will have ninety days to clean the uncultivated land from the vegetation.
Stonewallsforlife in Mora La Nova, CataloniaThe Stonewallsforlife project was presented during the meeting dedicated to Dry Stone and Traditional Architecture of the Catalan-speaking territories which took place from 5 to 7 November in Mora La Nova.
Meeting with the representatives of EU EnvironmentMeeting with the representatives of the Directorate General (DG) of the European Commission for the Environment and the Directorate General for Climate Action organized by the managing authority of the LIFE programme to discuss about the main aspects of the project and the current progress in relation to the start of the cleaning work in the intervention area in Manarola. The representatives of the DGs showed great interest in the themes of climate change and the preservation of the terraced landscape.
Second monitor visit in ManarolaIn the second monitoring visit , the project monitor visited the project intervention area and inspected the ongoing works. The project staff, together with the monitor climbed the Beccara trail until they reached the Corniolo Hill to overview the intervention area and concluded the visit on the grounds of Fondazione Manarola.
Stonewallsforlife at Politecnico di MilanoOn monday, May 3rd (11.30-13.00) our project will be part of an open lecture at the master class of European Environmental and Landscape Politics and Projects at the Politecnico di Milano. Emanuele Raso and Francesco Marchese will speak on behalf of the Cinque Terre National Park, respectively as demonstration site manager and junior program manager of the project.
Second “Virtual" Monitor VisitOn 20th April 2020, the monitor, Chiara Spotorno by NEEMO EEIG, discussed with the STONEWALLSFORLIFE partners the project activities so far, again in a "virtual” visit due to the current Covid-19 health situation. During the videoconference the Stonewallsforlife team presented the progress of the project. DISTAV is carrying on the in-depth study for the geotechnical characterization of the site where the stations will be placed. The National Park of Cinque Terre, coordinating beneficiary, has identified the first area of intervention, while Fondazione Manarola stipulated 38 contracts to have collect land for the restoration of dry-stone walls. The National Park is going to conclude a public tender to enroll a technical group of professionals to carry out the intervention that will take place in the “amphitheater” of Manarola. Both these partners are also working on the elaboration of the technical training documentation for the courses including the procedures to hire the training subject that will be in charge of organizing the courses. Legambiente presented a group of stakeholders interested in collaborating to the project and reported about the communication and dissemination activities undertaken press releases; articles and videos; participation to seminars and events; social media analysis. ITRB has identified Sierra de Tramontana in Mallorca as a site proposal for possible future projects and has already spoken with the Council of Mallorca which has responded enthusiastically. DIBA collected a hundred of positive responses from stakeholders and is still collecting data for future replication projects. After a afternoon financial and administrative sessions, the meeting ended positively, hoping to meet personally soon.
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).