• Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • 14:00 - 18:00
  • Memo
  • Ravezzi 1 Room South Hall

Organized by: Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee and Italian Cluster of Green Chemistry SPRING

As reported in the Final Report of the High Level Panel of the European Decarbonisation Pathways Initiative, published by the European Commission at the end of 2018, the soil is a "non-renewable" resource, which has many fundamental functions for the maintenance of life on earth and to capture CO2 from the atmosphere. However, according to the Report “The Status of the World's Soil Resources” produced by FAO's Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils, today 33% of the soils is moderately to highly degraded and affected by salinization, compaction, chemical pollution by acidification and depletion of nutrients. Over the next thirty years, it is estimated that at least 4 billion people will live in arid areas. To reverse this trend, the bioeconomy can play a key role in protecting the soil, decarbonising the economy and creating new income opportunities and a symbiotic society, ensuring an efficient use of resources.

Section chair
Claudio Ciavatta, University of Bologna, Department of Technologies and Agro-Food Sciences


14.00-14.05 Introduction by the chair
Claudio Ciavatta, University of Bologna, Department of Technologies and Agro-Food Sciences

14.05-14.20 Bioeconomy for territorial regeneration
Catia Bastioli, CEO Novamont, Member of the High Level Panel of the European Decarbonisation Pathways and Member of the Mission Board for Soil Health and Food of European Commission

14.20-14.35 The role of the soil organic matter (SOM)
David Powlson, Rothamsted Research Lawes Trust Senior Fellow and Honorary member of the British Society of Soil Science

14.35-14.50 Cropping systems for bioeconomy and for improving soil ecosystem services
Massimo Fagnano, University of Naples Federico II, Agricultural Department

Best Practices

14.50-15.05 Biochar and COMBI: the beauty of pyrolysis for Carbon sequestration and improving soil resilience to Climate Change
David Chiaramonti, Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Florence

15.05 – 15.20 Assessing sustainable agricultural practices on marginal dryland through the soil carbon stock dynamic
Lorenzo D’Avino, CREA Research Centre for Agriculture and Environment

15.20-15.35 Enhancement of soil ecosystem services in viticulture: the Life SOIL4WINE project
Enrico Cancila, Head of the Economic Development and Environment Unit ART-ER

15.35 – 15.50 Recovery of phosphorus and nitrogen from civil wastewater treatment by digestion processes of livestock effluents
Desdemona Oliva, Head of Research and Development, Gruppo CAP

15.50-16.05 The role of bioherbicides for a more sustainable agriculture
Maurizio Vurro, Research Director, Institute of Food Production Sciences, National Research Council, Bari

16.05 -17.35 PANEL DISCUSSION: The responsible management of the soil

Confagricoltura – Ezio Veggia President of the Italian Bioeconomy Federation
Coldiretti – Francesco  Ciancaleoni, Environment and Territory Area
FederBio (TBC) – Paolo Carenmolla, General Secretary
Assobioplastiche – Carmine Pagnozzi, Director
Italian Composting Consortium - Massimo Centemero, Director

17.35-17.50 Closure by the chairs