A small but positive action for the environment as a norm which dates from the 29th of January 1992 has now been enshrined in law with full effect from the 16th of February 2019. This law states that any comune with a population of over 15,000 must plant a tree for every newborn or adopted child on its register within 6 months.
Deforestation and the destruction of green areas is occuring at an alarming pace in Italy. The Italian Environmental Protection and Research Centre – Ispra has declared that Italy is loosing its green areas at a rate of 2 metres squared a second.
The Comitato per lo sviluppo del verde pubblico, (Commitee for the Development of Public Green Areas) under the remit of the Ministry for the Environment will have responsibility for the project which includes an annual tree census. The law also protects ‘monumental’ trees and redefines National Tree Day ( 21st of November) promoting educational programs in schools to support the Kyoto Protocol.