Bad weather, landslides and hydrogeological instability: the unsustainable cost of delays

The Pnrr has allocated 70 billion for the environment and 8 billion just to secure the territory

Yet another landslide, missing, the risk of having to count the dead again. The photograph taken today in Ischia it is the same that recurs, ever more frequently, with each wave of bad weather. The climate is changing, the atmospheric factors are more intense, but an unavoidable theme remains: the territory must be made safe. There are more sensitive areas, realities where a strong disturbance can bring devastation. Ischia, Stromboli this summer, the Marches in Senigallia. We need targeted, urgent interventions, every delay has an unsustainable cost.

For decades, it was money that was missing. Today, however, there are also resources. Almost 70 billion euros of Pnrr have been earmarked for environmental protection and, of these, 8.5 billion are intended for contrast to hydrogeological instability. This money will have to be used to help individual municipalities in securing the territory.

The objectives indicated are precisely those that serve to give answers to specific cases, such as that of Ischia: the prevention and contrast of the effects of climate change on the phenomena of hydrogeological instability and on the vulnerability of the territory. We expressly speak of structural and non-structural interventions for the management of flood risk and the reduction of hydrogeological risk. There are also 500 million for a prevention system, which through the processing and management of data can make it possible to identify and predict risks in the area.

Four tender procedures, in particular, have substantial financial resources to cover the works, divided into several lots, to be carried out in Lazio, Campania, Calabria, Sicily, Sardinia, Piedmont, Liguria and Lombardy. Their goal is to entrust architectural and engineering services for the eco-sustainable refurbishment of existing public building structures subject to protection, public areas and spaces and connecting routes, including cycle paths, for sustainable mobility.

The problem, as always, is being able to spend the sums allocated with effective and efficient projects, and within a reasonable time frame. To at least try to reduce emergency situations and not have to witness disasters helplessly, such as the one that is taking place in Ischia in these hours. (by Fabio Insenga)