In 2005, the Apulia region issued the regulation n.24/2005 establishing “Conservation measures related to priority wild birds’ species of Community Importance nesting in constructed centres located in SICs or SPAs”. This regulation compels architects and constructors to respect the traditional features of the houses in regional areas designated as SICs or SPAs. This prescription is thought in order to allow priority species protected by the EU and World Conventions on the protection of the wildlife such as the Falco Naumanni to keep on nesting and breeding in the historical centres of these places. Despite the approval and enter into force of this advanced provision, the restructuring works of ancient houses and the new buildings are often constructed in defiance of this regulation. These restructuring or construction interventions result in “sterilised” buildings which have no value for the breeding of priority species.
At the purpose of enforcing the regulation 24/2005 on the ground, a municipal building regulation will be drafted and approved by the municipal council of Gravina and Altamura during the project. This regulation will be drafted in collaboration with a regional officer which will collaborate with the officers of Gravina and Altamura. Once these municipal officers will be trained thanks to the work carried out in strict collaboration with the Region (see Action A2), they will meet architects and building companies in training seminars where the regional and municipal regulations will be jointly presented offering a comprehensive legislation framework for conservation of birds’ priority species.
This action will follow the typical scheme of the water-fall process where a resource train 2 or 3 resources that train about 30 – 40 resources among the more active architects and construction companies in the project area. This scheme allows a considerable saving in terms of human resources committed in the project, providing the added value of activating resources which are considered closer to the needs of the last beneficiaries (the general population).
Moreover this scheme favours the ownership of the project activities, compelling the involved municipal officers to become trainers playing a crucial role in putting in place and spreading at grassroots level the EU environmental policies and their significance.
Particularly the seminars will be conducted starting from the 3rd years and will be 4. 2 in the 2014 and 2 in 2015 involving about 20 among architects and constructors each time for a total of 80 technicians trained. The seminars will take place within the facilities of the Environmental Educational Centre, once it will be made accessible after the restructuring works.