On April 24, a French delegation from the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of Environment took part to a meeting with Italian authorities, stakeholders and researchers in the city of Racale (Apulia region) to discuss the latest information on Xylella fastidiosa and raise awareness on the measures to take in order to hamper the spread of the bacterium in Europe.
The meeting was organized by Coop. ACLI Racale with the coordinators of H2020 projects POnTE and XF-ACTORS.
A French ministerial delegation composed by representatives of the Conseil général de l’alimentation, de l’agriculture et des espaces ruraux (CGAAER) and the Conseil général de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable (CGEDD) participated to a meeting with Italian researchers, stakeholders and policymakers to discuss various issues related to the spread of Xylella fastidiosa in Apulia region (southern Italy). The meeting took place on April 24 in Racale (Lecce), …
The main goal of the meeting was to exchange information and best practices on the various topics related to Xylella. In particular, the French delegation was interested to learn about the actions put in place to control this harmful pathogen, and the main consequences related to their implementation. To this aim, the meeting involving a wide number of local stakeholders with direct experience in the field proved to be very useful.
The wide exchange of opinions among participants has led to identify the following aspects that can be referred to as “lessons learned from the Apulian case study”:
– Effective communication and transparent governance are fundamental aspects for improving awareness about the disease and for delivering correct scientific-based information;
– To support the agricultural and agro-industrial sectors of the affected area, scientific knowledge is critical, along with specific support from the policy and evaluation of the economic and environmental sustainability;
– It is crucial to identify an institutional body that is legitimised to organize and host debates participated by all the actors involved on the various problems caused by Xylella, as it is Regional Government (Regione Puglia) for this specific case.
– Given the large number of legislative provisions emended at regional and national levels, difficulties are encountered often in the implementation of the EU legislative measures; a consensus was expressed about the need to give priority to the phytosanitary measures in the case of emerging pathogen(s) likewise the spread of X. fastidiosa.
The meeting was organized by Donato Boscia (IPSP-CNR and POnTE coordinator), Maria Saponari (IPSP-CNR and XF-ACTORS coordinator and Federico Manni of Coop. ACLI Racale, with the participation of representatives of the CGAAER and the CGEDD for the French delegation and a large number of Italian policymakers and organizations: Donato Metallo – Sindaco di Racale, Giulio Palumbo – Assessore all’agricoltura di Racale, Servizio Fitosanitario Regione Puglia, IAM-Bari, CIA Lecce, Ordine Dottori Agronomi e Forestali di Taranto e Lecce, Consorzio tutela DOP Terra d’Otranto, etc.