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Volume 15, issue 9 | Copyright

Special issue: New observing strategies for monitoring natural and technological...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 1941-1954, 2015
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Research article 01 Sep 2015

Research article | 01 Sep 2015

The environmental balance of the Alta Val d'Agri: a contribution to the evaluation of the industrial risk and strategic sustainable development

S. Loperte and C. Cosmi S. Loperte and C. Cosmi
  • Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis (IMAA) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), Tito Scalo (PZ), Italy

Abstract. This study presents the preliminary environmental balance of the Alta Val d'Agri (Basilicata Region, Southern Italy), an area of great naturalistic interest characterized by the presence of huge oil and gas fields. The Driving Forces-Pressure-State-Impact-Responses (DPSIR) methodology was used to outline the background in terms of environmental impacts mainly caused by oil extraction activities, as well as potential existing responses. The study aims at providing stakeholders with an exhaustive framework to identify the existing data, the main sources of pollution, their potential impacts, the associated industrial risks and the existing policy strategies. Moreover, the DPSIR approach allows the identification of the vulnerable areas and the definition of targeted actions for a sustainable development of the area.

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