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The subscription into the Unesco World Heritage List requires a nomination phase during which we analyze the compliance of the studied site with the Unesco requisites and whose reference document is the Nomination format. Also, an important part of the report is the Monitoring Plan, dynamic tool aiming at ensuring that the exceptional values of the area are kept unchanged with the passage of time. In the described scenario we fit the recent nomination of the Piedmont site "The Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato"; purpose of this paper is to retrace the steps that led to the realization of the monitoring plan for the Nomination Format of the studied site and to explain the modalities of its execution. Source

Giannetti F.,Istituto Per le Piante da Legno e lAmbiente | Monaco C.,Polytechnic University of Turin | Perino M.,SEAcoop Societa Cooperativa Servizi e Attivita Agroforestali e Ambientali | Salvatori L.,Istituto superiore sui sistemi territoriali per linnovazione
Geoingegneria Ambientale e Mineraria

The existing national and European legislation about the environmental context has the primary objective of conserving natural heritage according to a systemic view of the environmental, natural and anthropic components. The project of the habitat map of the Nature 2000 Site Maritime Alps territory has these premises and it rapresents the cartographic base for the preparation of the SIC management plan and also defi nes the actions aimed at protecting, conserving and planning the natural environment. This work, involving people with different skills, was developed following and foresaw several steps: the photointerpretation of digital orthophotographs, the fl oristic and phytosociological surveys on-site, the implementation of the database with the habitat codes following the classifi cation scheme of Corine Biotopes and, fi nally, the topological analysis to verify and correct any errors created during the phase of digitization. The result of this work, now in the fi nal phase, is the creation of an accurate mapping of habitats present within the Nature 2000 Site and classifi ed according to the Corine Biotopes system, on which to set up actions for a correct management of the area of community interest. Source

Aicardi I.,Polytechnic University of Turin | Boccardo P.,Polytechnic University of Turin | Boccardo P.,Cooperation Technology | Chiabrando F.,Polytechnic University of Turin | And 6 more authors.
Applied Geomatics

In recent years natural- and human-induced hazards have turned into disasters with rising frequency and intensity. These disasters pose threats to prominent cultural and natural heritage sites of the world and therefore require the intervention of skilled technicians and staff with specific scientific and cultural training. It is necessary to contribute toward reducing slow as well as catastrophic risks in the short and long terms through the training of staff for intervention aimed at emergency management and mitigation of the impact and development of solutions with the collaboration of professionals working in this area. This paper presents a project realized by a multidisciplinary team of engineers, architect, hydrologists, and geologists, carried out through the cooperation between Politecnico di Torino and the Information Technology for Humanitarian Assistance, Cooperation and Action Association (ITHACA). The main goal was to provide a first training in geospatial data acquisition and processing for students attending the bachelor and master degree in architecture and engineering in order to start up a team of “volunteer mappers.” Indeed, the project is aimed at documenting the environmental and built heritage subject to disaster; the purpose is to improve the capabilities of the actors involved in the activities connected in geospatial data collection, integration, and sharing using modern geomatic methodology and techniques (terrestrial and aerial LiDAR, close-range and aerial photogrammetry, topographic and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) instruments, etc.). All the acquired data and processing results have been implemented in a WebGIS platform to share information with local authorities and organizations, such as Protezione Civile (Italian Civil Protection). The proposed area for testing the training activities is the village of Vernazza inside the Cinque Terre National Park in Liguria (Italy). The park is registered on the World Heritage list since 1997. The area was affected by an important flood on 25 October 2011. © 2014, Società Italiana di Fotogrammetria e Topografia (SIFET). Source

Cimnaghi E.,Istituto superiore sui sistemi territoriali per linnovazione | Dongiovanni M.G.,Istituto superiore sui sistemi territoriali per linnovazione
Geoingegneria Ambientale e Mineraria

The building sector has been identified as one of the biggest energy consumption sector (40% of the total EU energy consumption). To reduce this impact and improve the energy efficiency of their buildings, the Social Housing Organizations are experiencing low-energy building techniques and methods of restructuring and management of the existing buildings oriented towards sustainability. This is the context in which it developed AFTER project - Cost Optimum and Standard Solutions for Maintenance and Management of the Social Housing Stock. This project is funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme and it aims to improve the contribution of the SHOs with regard to the buildings maintenance and management. The purpose of this work is to report on the results achieved so far by the project and outline future lines of action, with special attention to the Italian case studies. Source

Marra G.,Istituto superiore sui sistemi territoriali per linnovazione | Melis G.,Istituto superiore sui sistemi territoriali per linnovazione | Gelormino E.,ASL TO5 Azienda Sanitaria Locale
Environnement, Risques et Sante

"Social mixing" policies have been introduced in urban areas of most European countries, first and foremost as a strategy to combat residential segregation and decrease the spatial concentration of disadvantaged households. Internationally, housing policies aimed at increasing the social mix are intended to build social capital in order to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities. This article summarises the main findings of a literature review - Housing and social mix - which looked at the potential impact of urban policies on health outcomes and inequities. Its main objective was to analyse the origins and rationale of social mix policies in Europe and to provide an overview of the various means used to promote diversity in housing structure and of the sociological theories underlying the presumed beneficial effects. The review investigated the association between social mix and social cohesion and used evidence collected from empirical studies to assess the effects of mixed neighbourhoods on social interactions and networks. Social mix policies rely on a common set of beliefs about the benefits of mixed communities, with little evidence to support them and a growing evidence base that contradicts them. Some authors suggest that efforts to improve social equity would be more effective if aimed directly at the disadvantaged themselves rather than at modifying the housing structure. Most agree that there is not enough evidence to reach definitive conclusions. A very cautious approach to housing policies aimed at social mix should therefore be adopted. This article presents the current debate on the desirability and usefulness of social mix as a policy goal, questioning the principles that are the basis of mixing policies and showing the extent to which its results are controversial. Copyright © 2015 John Libbey Eurotext. Source

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