IMET has been established by Law No. 349 of July 8, 1986 as recently (modified by the Legislative Decree No. 300 of July 30, 1999) to exercises the functions attributed to the Government in the field of environment and land protection. In this framework the Ministry is responsible for the coordination of EU activities and for the execution of the obligations and commitments deriving from EU Treaty and from International agreements concerning the environment.
The Ministry for the Environment and Territory operates in the following fields:
Involvement in Research
IMET participates in this project through the Department for Environmental Research and Development (RAS), which has the specific tasks of supporting public and private research organisations such as CNR, INGV, ENEA, University’s scientific Departments for targeted actions and promoting environmental programs and pilot projects, in co-operation with international and national, regional and local bodies.
Research programs and actions are developed and financed within the framework of the Multi-annual National Plan of Research, which is implemented in collaboration with other Ministries, i.e. Finance, Scientific and Technological Research, Industry, Health and Agriculture.
IMET has allocated over 70 Million Euro in about 35 research activities, to be developed in three years. Most of the research activities in progress involve different aspects related to sustainable water management in developing and transition countries.
In order to achieve the UN MDGs, IMET is involved in sharing the developed technology and know-how on land-basis pollution reduction, biodiversity, living resources restoration, reversing degradation of damaged marine ecosystems.
IMET supports actions focused on several thematic priorities: develop the potential for sustainable management of water resources for protecting the fragile environment of water scarce regions; strengthen local capacity and foster sharing of knowledge on water management; support the decentralisation process of water services, in order to create opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships.
Name: Claudio Rapicetta
Name: Patrizia Esposito