Deforestation made in Italy

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Last summer, following the major fires that hit Siberia, Amazonia and central Africa, the European Commission outlined new actions to protect and restore the world’s forests, which preserve the 80% of terrestrial biodiversity, contribute to the sustenance of about a quarter of the world population and constitute a fundamental resource in the fight against climate change. Among the actions envisaged are those related to the import of raw materials linked, directly or indirectly, to deforestation processes. Not only timber, but also meat, soy, palm oil, coffee, cocoa, leather … raw materials of which Italy is a major importer. This workshop intends to present the first results of several studies on such import flows, and how to promote deforestation-free consumption.

“Deforestation Made in Italy: The responsibilities of Italian businesses and consumers in the deforestation of the tropic countries” will be held in the Botanical Garden Auditorium at the University of Padua, Italy, on 10 December 2019. Through presentations on cutting edge research and a roundtable discussion, leading researchers, practitioners, and industry representatives will engage with the question of how to move towards deforestation-free Italian production and consumption.

The workshop is organised by the TESAF Department of the University of Padua in collaboration with the University of Milan and the University of Turin, with support from AsVIS Veneto, Banca Etica, Etifor, Lanza Foundation, Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology (SISEF) and the Forest Stewardhip Council. The event is also sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (Mipaaf).

For more information, and to register for this event, visit the workshop’s eventbrite page here.

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Davide Pettenella
Davide Pettenella is full professor at the University of Padova, Italy, where he teaches forest economics. He has published more than 400 papers through his research activities and field work within programmes financed by the European Commission, FAO, European Forestry Institute, World Bank, and by Italian national and regional institutions.