Entries by Matteo Gecchelin

It Takes A Flower

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Matteo Gecchelin
Botanical discoveries drive mankind toward an incessant need for determination. Species that live in a territory are distinguished from others and named. A true botanical version of a treasure hunt.

Alm Sweet Alm

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Matteo Gecchelin
Pastures are a living part of Alpine culture and landscape. They are a history of men and animals, an example of integration between man and nature and represent a landmark for mountain agriculture, economy and society.

A Battle in the Alps: A Story of Climate and Men

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Matteo Gecchelin
Ecological tensions in the Alps appear as intense today as never before. Are the mountains we have always believed immutable so indifferent to the shared actions of man and nature?

Enhancing Alpine Landscapes

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Matteo Gecchelin
How can forests protect us from natural hazards in the Alps? Technical preventive solutions have been accompanied by biological measures related to careful silvicultural practices for decades.

Water and trees… concrete and smog

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Matteo Gecchelin
Water crises, water bombs, and overbuilding. Can we design better, greener and more functional cities for our future? Nature and technology can help us: Have you ever heard of rain gardens?

Blue Water, Clear Water… Mountain Water

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Matteo Gecchelin
Nothing new on the forestry front! Hydrogeological safety technologies still pick up from the past. Time changes, but the people's needs remain unchanged. Will we know how to do better than our ancestors?

What time is it? It’s summer heatwaves time

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Matteo Gecchelin
Summer heatwaves turn out to be a predictable phenomenon for Italy. It is in recent weeks that the Ministry of Environment and Energy Security published the new National Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Will this be a definite turning point for our Country? In the meantime, heat persists, and even small provincial towns far from urban centers are affected by global climate dynamics.

A Pinnacle Crumbles in the Alps: Hydrogeological Safety in Veneto and Trentino

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Matteo Gecchelin
Two iconic pinnacles on the Veneto-Trentino border give way after a week of thunderstorms. Funding and technical knowledge are needed to prevent hydrogeological risk and strategic choices are needed to best guide the course of nature.

Like Dwarfs Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

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Matteo Gecchelin
What are Monumental Trees and how can they be recognized? Like for our grandparents, it is up to us to remember them, protect them and value them for the good of society.

Plants Know Their Way Forward: Alpine Species Migrate to Escape Environmental Changes

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Matteo Gecchelin
Flowers and plants are moving unexpectedly in the Alps to survive. By escaping environmental changes they will somehow make it. Are we also ready to deal with the environmental changes that we are facing?

The Energy Crisis is Pressuring Dairy Farms in Trentino and Veneto. What is the State of the Art?

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Matteo Gecchelin
The energy crisis halts milk and cheese production in mountain areas. State incentives for “multifunctional” farms can be effective against the ups and downs of the market and consumer demands.

Italy's Wood to Fight against the Energy Crisis: Economic and Environmental Sustainability

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Matteo Gecchelin
Thanks to its well-developed forestry sector, Italy can use its wood-energy industry to tackle today's energy and economic crisis and pave the path towards a true "Forest Sovereignty".

Even Plants Climb Mountains

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Matteo Gecchelin
How do plants travel? And how much is climate change contributing to their migrations?

CAREGA PROJECT: Local charcoal as a strategic tool for the bioeconomy of the Piccole Dolomiti Vicentine

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Matteo Gecchelin
The CAREGA Project offers a way to convert scraps of timber production into charcoal, thus from a production waste product into bioenergy.

A State-Of-The-Art Review of the Biomass Supply Chain in Trentino and Veneto

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Matteo Gecchelin
The EU has claimed that using biomass for energy purposes can cause too much pressure on local ecosystems. Is it really so also in Trentino and Veneto?

From prevention to action. Causes and consequences of forest fires in Italy

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Matteo Gecchelin
Prevention and adaptation are key to mitigate the risk of fires in Italy. How can we reduce the impact of forest fires on the environment and the society?

Adapt or burn. A look at the dramatic increase of wildfires in Italy to get ready for summer 2022

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Matteo Gecchelin
Droughts and high temperatures have raised the number of forest fires in the Alps. Unlike the fire-adapted Mediterranean environment, Alpine ecosystems are not ready for these events.

The environmental and cultural importance of species-rich mountain meadows and their ecological restoration

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Matteo Gecchelin
Meadows are a high-value element of the mountain landscape. Their conservation and restoration, however, requires a lot of maintenance, preservation, and protection.

Agroecology to fight back Alpine pastures abandonment

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Matteo Gecchelin
When it comes to mountain and rural areas abandonment, modern agroecology might be the solution to restore those landscapes that have been managed for centuries.