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Roma Città Campagna

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity

Biodiversity can contribute to food security as well as better nutrition and health; it contributes to climate change adaptation, and strengthens local cultural identity, tradition and know how. 


Reflecting together on new linkages between food, agriculture and territory in our urban scenery.

It is a round table organized by the Municipality of Rome in collaboration with FAO Food for cities and Bioversity International which will be held on 21 May 2010. It will consist in a discussion on cities, food and nutrition, agriculture, and biodiversity. In the framework of La Settimana della Biodiversità - taking place in Rome from 20 to 23 May 2010 - consisting in conferences, roundtables, workshops for schoolchildren, a documentary film festival, photo exhibitions, concerts and readings.  

Provisional agenda:

4.30- 17.30 HRS – SALA OSPITI/ Auditorium Parco della Musica

Welcoming remarks
Pietro Di Paolo - Mayor of Rome / Delegate of the Mayor
Francesco Batistoni - Councillor of Agriculture, Lazio region
Paolo Giuntarelli - Director of the Environmental Protection Department

Round table (first part) - City of Rome: the current situation

Moderator: Stefano Padulosi, Senior Scientist
Diversity for Livelihoods Programme - Bioversity International

Urban gardens mapping, green areas of Rome
Simone Bozzato - The Italian Geographic Society

Rural-Urban linkages in Rome: past and future
Lucina Caravaggi - Sapienza University of Rome

The social role of urban agriculture and green areas in Rome
Paolo Gramiccia - Municipality of Rome

Feeding the cities – an economic approach
Francesco Pennacchi - University of Perugia

Farmer Markets, short chain and Zero Mileage initiative
Tony de Amicis - Campagna Amica Foundation

Q&A session


Round table (second part) - City of Rome: perspectives

Moderator: Mr. Paolo Gramiccia, Officer for the Urban Gardens and Agriculture and Farmer Markets of the Rome Municipality - Department of Environmental and Green Protection and Promotion of Sports

Food and nutrition security in cities
Alexander Müller - Assistant Director General NR department, FAO

Agro-biodiversity: purpose, challenges and opportunities
Stefano Padulosi - Bioversity International

Linking Practice to Policy for a local food system framework
Arthur Getz Escudero - Heifer Project International

Urban agriculture initiatives by the agricultural professional organizations of Rome
Massimo Biagetti - President of the CIA Roma
David Granirei - President of the Coldiretti Roma
Massimiliano Giansanti - President of the Confagricoltura Roma

Q&A session

Closing remarks