The Province of Terni is a Public Authority located in the Region Umbria, Central Italy, and specifically in the south edge of the region much closer to the Region Lazio (capital region) and the capital Rome, often positively affecting Terni’s overall territorial and economic dynamics.
Established by Royal Decree n.1/1927 the Province of Terni is by law identified as an intermediate public body that acts as a hinge between municipalities and Regions. In the EU statistic classification the Province is a NUTS III level entity.
The role of Provinces:
The main functions of the Italian Provinces include:
In the recent legislation and within a set of criteria ruled in and set by the State and the Region Umbria, the Province has an active role in devising overall strategies and policies and in addressing local development (of its municipalities) towards more sustainable solutions. In this regards the Province of Terni has been active since the late 1990s joining various national and European initiatives in the framework of the implementation of Agenda21 L within its territory, favouring a larger participation and thus a more democratic process.
The DITT, Integrated Touristic District of the Province of Terni, is a Consortium for shareholders established by the public system and private system to favour the qualification and development of the local touristic system. It is involved with the promotion of the territory of the Province of Terni aimed at the commercialisation of the touristic products of its associates, synergizing public aims and private interests.
Coordination of a wide area and local integration policies.
Interreg III B (Medoc Programme) - Rural Med.
The project run from 2003-2006 and focused, inter alias, on participatory processes of local communities in the construction of landscape identity and specifically on the implementation of the principles stated by the European Landscape Convention (Florence 2000), an important document backed by the Council of Europe.
Interreg III B (Medoc Programme): MEDACHTU - InterregIIIB.- Medocc Website: http://medacthu.regionpaca.fr/index.php
This is a project which run from 2006 to 2008 (it got a six months extension from the original termination date of June 2008). The project coordinated by the Region Provance and Alpe Cote D’Azur (France) aimed at putting at the disposal of a key players network of Civil Protection operating in the field of major risks, technological, scientific, material and human means thus allowing them, by an effort of dialogue and anticipation, to consolidate their individual and collective effectiveness.
Interreg III B (Medoc Programme)
“Contesto Historico Urbano, territorio y empleo” (http://www.urbal.org/1024/lingua1024.html) was financedin the framework of EU regional cooperation with Latin America and thus the specific URBAL project.
The project run from 2001-2003 and dealt with development of employment strategies and training applied to historical context and specifically to SMEs in both regional areas (Europe and Latin America). LP was Vila Franca del Penedes (Spain) and Terni was among the partners.
Leader + (2000-2006).
“Ecomuseum of the Orvietan Landscape” - Financed within the 2007-2010 programming period. The Ecomuseum combines various strategies of community (especially thosewith a small population that requires sound experience and professional expertise) participation later on incorporated in the Province Agenda 21 major action.
MED: “OSDDT-Med - Land-use and sustainable development of territories of mediterranean area”.
The object of the project is to develop a monitoring and evaluation system of land use based on commons methods between the European partners of the network.
The final goal is to increase the capacity of public administrations in charge of planning territory and land use to change their way of doing and managing that drove to an enormous consumption of soil in the last 20 years, and to adopt land use policies and management respectful of sustainable development criteria.
Therefore, the main idea of the project is to promote a coherent framework of governance based on spatial planning and management practices able to reduce soil consumption and therefore able to protect and to improve the natural heritage in order to gain a better quality of life.
The project is perfectly in line with the objectives of the “Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council, establishing a framework for the protection of soil and amending Directive 2004/35/EC”, that underlined: “Soil is a resource of common interest to the Community, although mainly private owned, and failure to protect it will undermine sustainability and long term competitiveness in Europe”.
To that end, three lines of intervention have been identified:
MED: “MODELAND - Med - Landscape, territorial mark of identity and driving force for a new model of territorial governance in Mediterranean rural areas”.
The object of the project is to enhance the landscape as a sign of identity of its inhabitants and as the drive behind territorial development.
The main aim is to produce a common methodology and “pilot actions” on the landscape management in order to create an advanced model of territorial government based on a key concept: the landscape. Common criteria will be set for the perception and impression surveys on the landscapes to be conducted among inhabitants and tourists in each territory.
The purpose of the surveys is to know the point of view of inhabitants and tourists as well as to stimulate their reflecting on the landscape. Furthermore, the survey will provide information on particularly valued landscape features, which will help identify which planning, restoration and optimisation actions are to be included in the action plan. The results from the surveys will be processed to elaborate a conclusions report in each territory and will allow to compare the results at interregional level.
A common methodology will be set for elaborating the studies integrating the 4 landscape domains targeted by the project in the 4 territories (inhabited areas and their surroundings; farmland landscape; river landscape; natural landscape).
Based on the results of the surveys and on a civic participation strategy relying on Terni’s expertise, each partner will identify priority improvement actions in the 4 landscape domains within its territory. The participatory process will comprise events open to local communities and experts. The action plan will define the actions to be conducted and their features, namely calendar, involved actors and allocated resources.
The purpose of the action is to raise social awareness regarding the value of landscapes by securing the involvement of the general public, of the users of these natural resources and of the decision makers and experts.
All this can be achieved through territorial cohesion and actively participation in favour of environmental protection within the framework of sustainable development that are the priority objectives of the MED Programme.
Innovation, protection and enhancement of natural resources and heritage, sustainable development, gender equality and non discrimination constitute general principles of intervention for the project.
The project should have a true trans-national added-value and visible effects on the socio-economic sector, on public policies, in certain local activities etc.
Interreg IVC Project: Brandscapes (Local economies for branded landscapes).
Urban farming can provide an economical base for maintaining the valuable cultural landscapes near European urban areas. Several regions have successfully implemented policies to stimulate urban farming and have been able to maintain their valuable cultural landscapes. Other regions still struggle with this issue. The project aims at the exchange of experiences and knowledge, transfer and further development of policies dedicated to the protection and enhancement of cultural landscapes near urban areas.
Pilot project: Knowledge Partnership
KEA Project intends to build a bridge to link education and companies, knowledge and work experience, technological innovation and new pedagogical approach, research and best practices sharing. This aim will be applied to multifunctional agricultural sector and there will be involved Universities, farms, agricultural trade associations, public authorities, training companies and institutions. The students, graduate and/or under graduated, are the main target. Global financial crisis has created unemployment, especially youth employment. The students became the first vulnerable group of the job world. That’s why the Project is also open to male and female Unemployed. Also research and innovation suffer form this context of international crisis. Trough cross-disciplinary synergies and knowledge alliance this Project seeks the aims which Europe 2020 Strategy shows as the development way.
So, the activities of KEA Project will be composed essentially of: education-pedagogical aspect; technology application; building of strategic alliances.
The strategies which will be adopted are:
The foreseen outputs are:
The web and the videos which are the first document to record the activities and to disseminate the experience to other Universities not involved in the Project will be important.
The Platform will be easily accessible by smartphone.
Programme: Life Long Learning
Sub-Programme: Leonardo da Vinci
The Cerere project is aimed at the following:
The pedagogical and training methods provide for an interdisciplinary approach and mutual learning. In order to obtain development that is qualitatively and quantitatively relevant to the training, all the professionals (for example: agronomists, psychologists, farmers and social workers, technicians from the Municipality and professional partners, companies and the chamber of commerce) will be trained on the possibility of developing agricultural multifunctionality and on the procedure for creating territorial networks. A computerised platform will be created and this space will be utilised as a virtual classroom and as an area for sharing and communication between partners. Over and above making the partnership efficient and effective, this kind of tool will be important in boosting dialogue with associations, schools, institutes, companies and public bodies, encouraging the formation of Solidarity Purchasing Groups (G.A.S.).
The results, which will be monitored by means of quantitative measures (as seen in the attachment), are briefly as follows: reports on the course and problems that have emerged, a guide to the best communication practises identified in the agro-social sector, number of participants at the course, an attendance register for the course, an attendance register for team meetings, number of contacts and accesses to the computerised platform, number of meetings promoted in the territory.
Programme: Progress - Social Experimentations.
Project: MR CHO - Make the right choice.
The project which we wish to propose involves an overall change in the social and economic framework of the territory in question, that is, Terni Province. For over fifty years, the Province has benefited from the economic wealth derived from the products of big industries and enterprises with allied activities thereto.
Unfortunately, the metallurgical and chemical sectors in question in the territory are now in crisis and for approximately ten years, not only has it not increased but there has been a significant decrease as well. As a result, this may in the near future lead to the closure of many important businesses, which will therefore have an important negative effect on the number of employees.
Obviously the constant decrease in employment resources is linked to this unstoppable decline in the industry: we are therefore faced with a distinct decrease in employment and a fall in the population.
In order to hold back the situation, a quick and suitable change in course is necessary, starting with the relationship between school and work and with the methods of labour orientation. In this sense, it should be emphasized that, in simplifying the transition into the working world, the project falls within the objectives of Europe 2020 and also within the strategies of Italy 2020 of the Labour Ministry. We believe that it is necessary to try out a permanent orientation process focussing particularly on young people who are attending the last few years of junior high school or high school and who must choose their future studies or work in our territory, which is big enough to be able to achieve realistic and repeatable results. The experimental project, addressing 1700 out of a total of 3400 students in the Province, is aimed at allowing the students to make the best choice, which will guarantee a greater possibility of placement for them and greater development and social inclusion for the territory.