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Varese: a beautiful and sustainable town

When a city is endowed with such natural beauty it cannot but preserve it. That's why we are particularly happy to welcome the city of Varese in the Pesticide Free Towns Network. We wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Environment Councilor, Dino De Simone, for his great support.

Varese has always been attentive to environmental policies and sustainability, so, starting from today, there’s a further reason to visit this wonderful Italian town, rich in castles and in beautiful landscapes.

The Municipality of Varese wrote us to be totally “agree on the need to reduce the use of chemical pesticides in cities as indicated and / or prescribed by several European directives and regulations and by the National Action Plan for the sustainable use of pesticides”. Their participation in the Pesticide Free Towns Network is a further, important step towards the sustainability.



PAN Europe welcomes Ragusa in the Pesticide Free Towns Network

The Municipality of Ragusa, in Sicily, has signed the pledge to join the Pesticide Free Towns Network. In doing that the town of Ragusa is committed to achieve a significant reduction of pesticide use in its public areas, to promote campaigns aimed at informing citizens about the transition to become pesticide-free, to exchange good practices and experience with other European towns. “Our Municipality always gave a great importance to the environment" – says Antonio Zanotto, the person in charge of the green areas of Ragusa. "We already use sustainable alternatives to glyphosate and this project is a great opportunity to us to develop our vision and to share good practices in order to protect the environment and to have a better quality of life”.



The town of Robilante joins the Pesticide Free Towns Network

Launched a few days ago in Italy, the Pesticide Free towns project has already found important adhesions. After the municipalities of Malles (BZ) and Occhiobello (RO) it is the turn of Robilante, in the province of Cuneo.

The picturesque town of Piedmont has an ancient water mill for milling corn and offers visitors beautiful landscapes and three museums: the museum of the accordion, the railway museum and the museum of sound and communication.

By joining the Pesticide Free towns Network, the municipality of Robilante reaffirms its commitment to ban pesticides in the common areas of the territory, using mainly manual weeding. One more reason to visit it and to taste its excellent polenta!



"Going pesticide free it is not only possible but beneficial!" Municipality of Occhiobello

"Our first step towards a sustainable future was... a step back!  In particular a step back from business as usual, starting reconsidering every single public work aiming at minimizing its environmental impact. Walking that way, pest control turned into integrated pest management and the role of pesticides become naturally irrelevant. Public decisions are assumed as consequence of a fact driven approach and the Municipality is now involved also in a scientific work in collaboration with local and regional health authorities. Going pesticides free it is not only possible but beneficial! As Daniele Chiarioni, Mayor of the Municipality of Occhiobello, underlines: “Going pesticides free it requires a strong effort towards innovative practices and the involvement of the population. It implies a new perception of the territory, where the health of our future generation and a safe environment can not be compared with an artificial cleanliness of public spaces. There is also an aesthetic value to consider, when we foster a natural environmental equilibrium of territory”  Since Summer 2015 herbicide use has been being phased-out and replaced by mechanical, manual and steam and flame approaches to weed management." Municipality of Occhiobello, May 2017

First steps towards a pesticide-free Edinburgh!

“The City of Edinburgh Council has undertaken trials to investigate alternatives to the use of herbicides in controlling weeds in its streets, parks and public open spaces. As a result, from Spring 2017 herbicide use is being phased-out and replaced by more mechanical, manual and mulching approaches to weed management. In other, more natural areas, weeds will be increasingly tolerated as part of the city’s Living Landscape” David Jamieson, Head of Parks, Greenspace & Cemeteries, City of Edinburgh Council, April 2017.

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