Musumeci on the flood in Romagna: "Climate adaptation plan from 2024"

Musumeci on the flood in Romagna: "Climate adaptation plan from 2024"

Emilia Romagna is dealing with the effects of the flood that has sown deaths and devastation (there are still 23,000 displaced people and 673 roads closed) over a large portion of the territory. The government, during yesterday's Council of Ministers, explained through the voice of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni "that over 2 billion will be allocated to help the affected populations". An enormous figure, even if lower than the damages which amount, as underlined by the emergency commissioner Stefano Bonaccini, "to over 5 billion". But the problem of the effects of unstoppable climate change have been seen repeatedly in recent years with devastating effects in many situations.

Two billion for the Salva-Romagna decree

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The climate emergency plan
And the news of the day, then, comes from the Minister for Civil Protection Nello Musumeci who, in the course of his report to the Senate on the flooding in Emilia Romagna, underlined that "a plan for climate adaptation will be approved at the beginning of 2024". And he explained that: «Climate change is no longer an extraordinary phenomenon. Tropicalization arrived in Italy already ten years ago and led the government in office in 2016 to prepare a national plan for adaptation to the changed climate context. From 2016 until this government took office, that plan had not made significant progress, so much so that it was not made public. Together with Minister Pichetto Fratin we have accelerated its definition and between the beginning of this year and the beginning of next year, we will present it updated with the data processed between 2016 and 2020".

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No to environmental fundamentalism
And then came a jab at what the minister called "environmental fundamentalism". And he explains: «We need to arrive as soon as possible at a reform that takes into account the scarce planning capacity and the scarce spending capacity, despite the available resources. Then there are the authorization procedures, which above all on the environmental front force absolutely disarming and exhausting expectations: it is only possible for a certain fundamentalist environmentalism and certain exaggerated points of fundamentalism, where the river banks must be built with crushed stone, reinforced concrete or pre-packaged cages, recourse is made to the use of the earth, accusing the coypu, moles and rodents of having made the embankment fragile». The minister then added that: «I am confident that the government's proposals can find a fruitful opportunity for discussion with Parliament. We must do it outside any ideological cage, any prejudice. In the face of events like this, which unfortunately is not the first nor the last, we need to confront ourselves honestly».

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Record solidarity
Meanwhile, solidarity continues in aid of the population affected by the flood. In less than six days, 17.7 million euros were donated to the current account in the name of the Agency for Territorial Security and Civil Protection of Emilia-Romagna to support the people and communities affected by the flood. The fundraising launched by the Region - 'Aid for Emilia-Romagna' - is registering a huge mobilization and widespread solidarity that has already led thousands of individual citizens to pay amounts of all amounts. Just as large industrial Groups, internationally known brands, the world of sport have done, starting with numerous football clubs and the Circus of Formula One, that of entertainment. The same small and medium-sized companies, associations, volunteering. Work is already underway on a dedicated website for reporting on what has been collected and the use of each euro received, as has been done for similar campaigns.

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