The conference held at the offices of the Lombardy Regional Authority in Milan at the end of November to mark the end of the first stage of the Mediation of Environmental Conflicts project provided much food for thought.
The goal of the project, conceived and developed by barrister Veronica Dini, is to extend application of civil mediation to environmental conflicts: “This innovative tool helps us look beyond the pre-packaged formulae of civil and administrative disputes,” said Nicola Giudice, head of the conciliation service at the Milan Arbitration Chamber.

The project is also an opportunity to create new green jobs, observed Sonia Cantoni of Fondazione Cariplo, one of the bodies promoting the project.

Given the importance of the issue and future prospects, the Regione Lombardia authority, represented by Claudia Maria Terzi, head of the Environment, Energy & Sustainable Development department, confirmed its strong interest in developing mediation of environmental conflicts, which are becoming increasingly frequent.

The conference was a chance to share ideas and experiences after a year of innovative interdisciplinary work: “One of the important results of this first stage is greater awareness among the organisations that have been involved,” said our own Sergio Vazzoler, who delivered a paper on environmental communication.

Watch the Amapola video report on the conference.