Environment and Landscape Observatory
Serving as a spokesperson for
the interests and expectations of civil society,
FAI supervises and intervenes
actively across the country to defend
Italy's landscape and cultural assets. To reinforce its activities, FAI
has set up its own Environment and Landscape Observatory,
which operates across three sectors:
legislation; environmental policy; and territorial disputes and
The Observatory conducts constant monitoring – both nationally and (where necessary) regionally – of the legislative principles that have a direct influence on environmental issues and/or issues relating to the cultural heritage (landscape and cultural assets). This work is today carried out thanks to a partnership with the Legal Department of WWF Italy.
Territorial Disputes and Emergencies
Since FAI is recognised as an environmental protection agency by the Italian Environment Ministry, it is considered a reference point on environmental issues. As an environmental protection agency, it is given access to, and entitled to participate in, various levels of policy-making, and is often called upon to make observations, deal with cases and supervise environmental protection activities.
There is a constant flow of “critical situations” relating to the environment and/or the landscape that are brought to FAI's attention and on which FAI is asked to intervene.
The scale of these cases is as wide as the nature of the issues involved, and the cases can often drag on and reappear time and again with minor variations. The principle on which the Observatory works is to respond to as many of the cases raised as possible. FAI's response to a given case – which can take any one of a number of forms – depends on the specifics of the case in question.
Highlighting the most beloved places in Italy in order
to ensure their future – this is the objective of “Italian
Places I Love”, the national survey
orchestrated by FAI in partnership with the Intesa Sanpaolo banking
group. Every two years, individuals are asked to state which places
they are particularly fond of – the places that they
would like to see commemorated and conserved intact for future
TRAINING THE SPOTLIGHTS
The “Training the Spotlights” project,
which has been up and running since 2010, sees each FAI
Delegation choose a local site that represents the
collective identity – one that has been abandoned or neglected but that
is very much worth saving with a view to reinstating its original
dignity. Each Delegation works hard to raise the necessary funds to
restore the site and give it back to the local community.
Environmental policy area
The department's objectives include the drafting of
positioning documents on the basis of the issues being dealt with.
These documents must then be rolled out across the trust's other
departments, the delegations and also overseas.