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The history

Financed by the UE’s LIFE ENVIRONMENT scheme, having as its objective the implementing of environmental policies within the Union, GIADA had involved as much as sixteen Municipalities in the Vicenza province, for total of about 120,000 people distributed over a territory of more than 340,000 square kilometres. A productive area involving elevated pollution risks, and as well a district absorbing 50% of the leathers manufactured all over Italy.

The birth of the GIADA project is the result of the cooperation between Vicenza Province, the Municipality of Arzignano, ARPAV (Regional Agency for Environmental Prevention and Protection in Veneto - Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente del Veneto) and ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies Energy and the Environment-Ente per le Nuove tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente), now in a position to create the conditions for a sustainable development of the territory.

The Chiampo valley industrial district is located on the border between the provinces of Vicenza and Verona and is characterized by bovine and calf leather manufacturing, being used almost exclusively in the furnishing, shoe and clothing industries.
The district territory can count on :
5 refluent waters purification plants for a total of 2,300.00 inhabitants
4 urban waste dumps (two of which already exhausted)
1 urban waste composting plant with a capacity of 18,000 tons/year
12 special waste dumps (one of which already operating)
9,000 tons/year of organic solvents released in the atmosphere, being employed in the leather tanning process

The project was made possible even by UE conspicuous contribution within the LIFE ENVIRONMENT (LIFE AMBIENTE) financial scheme. As a matter of fact, the high standards set by the proposal have been recognized and the project has been granted the most substantial financing than any other similar initiatives submitted by Italian participants.
The success of the initiative was ensured by the significant contribution of all the district’s Municipalities which have already been involved in it, and will follow the project’s major activities, as well as of entrepreneurs, workers, citizens and students.
Briefly, the GIADA project’s main objectives have been fixed as follows:
1. Reduction of air, water and soil pollution thanks to technological innovations being implemented by local businesses
2. Improvement of environmental protection in the territory, through the Agency set up
3. Citizens’ participation in environmental policies definition
4. Pledging economic growth and life quality improvement

Among the various activities carried out within the project, the following have to be mentioned:
1. Approval of environment policy guidelines
2. Environment investigations being carried out as a first step
3. Air quality monitoring
4. Water tables investigation
5. Dynamic olfactometry tests
6. Study and dynamics of connected purification systems
7. Implementing of operations aimed at obtaining environment certifications.

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Involved bodies
Comune di AlonteComune di AltissimoComune di ArzignanoComune di BrendolaComune di CastelgombertoComune di ChiampoComune di CrespadoroComune di GambellaraComune di LonigoComune di MontebelloComune di Montecchio MaggioreComune di MontorsoComune di NogaroleComune di San Pietro MussolinoComune di SaregoComune di TrissinoComune di Zermeghedo
Last update on 16/01/2020