domenica 21 novembre 2010

They raped the Salento Lecce and called development

They raped the Salento Lecce and called development

Alberto Bruno and Antonio Cortese * **


On 18 November 2010, the section south of Salento Italy Nostra organized'hotel Terminal at Marina di Leuca an interesting conference titled "Redevelopment of the landscape of Salento destruction, restoration and naturalization."

It 'was an opportunity to reflect on how to protect and enhance the landscape of Salento, Lecce and to provide information on what has been done for rape and destroy. A bitter note, however, by a hope that through a proposal that provides for the award of land use decisions to the people.


After Santa Maria di Leuca is only in Africa! Leuca is certainly one of the most popular of Salento in Lecce. Two thousand years ago was the ancient port of those who cross the Otranto channel to travel along routes that lead to nearby Greece and more distant destinations.

In this remote corner of Europe is Punta Melis, here the Romans made a temple dedicated to Minerva, then they become a Christian shrine. This church, now the Basilica, has been revered for centuries by pilgrims from all over Europe that would go in these distant lands along the routes established by sacred religious paths, such as the Francigena.

It is in this beautiful setting that Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 16:30 TERMINAL HOTEL conference was held on "The Landscape Salentino public property and wealth from salvare.RIQUALIFICAZIONE LANDSCAPE SALENTINO between destruction, restoration and naturalization" organized by the President Our the most active of Italy Marcello Seclì.

The interventions were the most significant technical, industry experts who report on the subject in a scientific manner.

The key relationships are worthy of note were assigned to the prof. Aldo Loris Rossi (Architect - Town Planner), prof. Silvano Marchiori (Professor of Systematic Botany at the University of Salento), Salvatore Mininanni architect (Architect - Town Planner) and of course the excellent Marcello Seclì.

The conference takes place in the extreme land of Salento, Lecce, whose territory has been violated in recent years from real estate speculation that has affected large areas of the coastal area the same speculation that has mercilessly Strup the hinterland resulted in the destruction, in many cases, entire areas of landscape. Just look at the huge development in recent years that have had the bathing establishments which in many cases, according to Marcello Seclì have produced irreversible alteration of sandy coastline.

The President Marcello Seclì then launches a dramatic warning about the wild wind that is typical of recent years and that in the coming months will see the location of over a thousand wind turbines, towering over 100 meters, along with 40 stations of biomass, lead to a very strong impact on the environment that will undermine the immense natural heritage and landscape of Salento in Lecce, as well as to determine with absolute certainty affect the health of the citizens of this land. And then how will the Regional Councillor for Agriculture Resources Dario Stefàno Niki Vendola with the Governor to support the guidelines of the development of Puglia are tourism and agriculture? But those who come specifically to Puglia and Lecce in Salento endangering his health? Maybe you're reading that I should make a small riflessioncina ... right?

Good Seclì then recalled the concreting of large areas of Salento Lecce that are not regulated either at the regional level, nor even on the provincial.

In Salento Lecce says Seclì, we can all see the quarries for the extraction of construction materials that have produced a significant effect on the surrounding land hydrogeological that are facing problems of poor water supply.

Prof. Aldo Loris Rossi in a video interview highlights the enormous potential of Salento Lecce as central place in the Mediterranean, which can play a major role in commercial trade and cultural relations between Europe and countries bordering the Great Salt Lake.

The error is being done today is to consider that part of the Italian and other European territories adjoining suburban areas as compared to countries such as Germany, France, Austria and Northern Europe, for which they have little access to economic resources Europe.

It is therefore vitally important to start looking at the Salento Lecce for what it is, the heart of the Mediterranean must regain that role he held historically, that is the cradle of culture and trade center between East and West through the modern Pan-European Corridor VIII .

The development plan Salento Lecce, according to Prof. Aldo Loris Rossi, presents a series of problems such as widespread urbanization that brings together in a confined space, however, many municipalities are managed through projects that can transform, in this case, the of Salento Lecce, in a true single, integrated urban area. That is why she needs to see the Doctors of the earth, agronomists, the only ones with the skills of rural landscape in a position to collaborate with architects and engineers, as such reported dall'insigne scholar is the result of the vision (vision) of latter.

Prof. Silvano Marchiori, professor of botany at the University of Salento, illustrated through a series of slides to the symbolic consequences of the intervention wicked man has produced in the territory of Salento Lecce in the last 50 years.

Evident is the state of the coasts, raped for decades by the speculation that led to the creation of dwellings directly behind the beaches and rocky ridges. On the Ionian coast, for example, we are witnessing the disappearance of the beaches and all'arretramento, a phenomenon which is directly related to the alteration of the dunes behind, the destruction of the pipes and in many cases to the alteration of the wetland located behind the dunes to the 'hinterland which plays a key role in the stormwater runoff and instead, once turned into parking lots, leading to impaired balance and the destruction of the dunes themselves.

Not to mention that of the Mediterranean on the Adriatic coast has been reduced to a minimum attendance of a prolonged and intensive pastures, which have resulted in the disappearance of these plants and laid bare the rock that now, being exposed to the winds and seas suffers from the erosion which at certain times, perhaps as a result of heavy rains, has produced vertical and sudden collapse of whole rock ridges. Another problem is found inland, where the cultivation of olive trees is threatened reckless use of herbicides and pesticides which, in addition to pollute the aquifer below, have led to the disappearance of many species of plants and animals by destroying the biodiversity of large part of the territory of Salento in Lecce. The professor's proposal is to implement targeted interventions to restore biodiversity typical of the Salento Lecce.

The architect and urban planner Mininanni highlights the importance of sensitizing the people towards protecting the environment while also recognizing that the landscape as a place of life in a community inevitably undergoes transformation processes of human and often destructive and not integrated. He also speaks of SS275 and the futility of the same only to earn 5 minutes in the morning to travel to the workplace. Then presents the project relating to Alliste where a transformation is taking place in the scientific area trying to integrate people and the environment to perfection leaving the coast clear of construction projects and moving the line of coast a hundred yards inland. It points out the futility of living close to the sea because of the obvious incompatibility between natural coastal erosion and man's will to live in security costs. His project is an attempt to restore the environment but not to restore it, a task that would not make sense because of the inability to reconstruct the historical past of a landscape. The areas in which action was taken have been scrapped, in the sense that believes the people present there to move further upstream compared to the coastline and the buildings and streets were demolished to make way for redevelopment of areas characterized by areas green, full of typical plants of which were put in direct contact with the coast, looking this way to recreate the conditions of the landscape 50 years ago. The project, piloted in this initial phase, will be repeated in other parts of the coast in the coming years.

A conclusion is quite clear that reading a territory derives from various skills and sensitivity and because such a reading to date has been entrusted only to engineers and Archietti there were consequences that their own colleagues have meaning in this conference. In addition there is the need to involve the public in any decision must be taken about the allocation of territory. To this should be, starting now, put in place participatory planning as a tool for rehabilitation and city planning and land in an environmentally friendly way, creating arrays appear when "place", "people" and "work.

Archaeologist * ** Agronomist

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