FERGUS-ON “The true journey of discovery does not look for new lands, but has new eyes”. Marcel Proust
FERGUS-ON Phase I - Data collection A knowledge of the territory makes up the first phase. This is obtained through a collection of data in situ whose main topics are: Climatology Environmental geology Water resources Pedology Vegetation Fauna Real property
FERGUS-ON Phase II - Data analysis and arrangement of management tools This phase will imply the creation of: • a Digital Elevation Model (D.E.M.) • a Geographic Information System (G.I.S.), in order to make: • an Ecologic Map of the Landscape • a Bio-diversity Map.
FERGUS-ON The collected data will be useful for the arrangement of a referential structure for the landscape planning via successive inter-linked modelling phases: • representational models • process models • evaluation models • changing models • impact models • choice models.
FERGUS-ON The modelling results are examined according to some evolving cultural sceneries: i.e. an ‘Arcadia-type’ tourism or return to an idyllic state, a ‘Disneyland-type’ tourism or alienated enjoyment of free time, an ‘ecologic-type’ tourism and so on. Such analyses will lead to: • a Portofino Knowledge System (P.K.S.) • and, from it, to a Decision Support System (D.S.S.) The D.S.S. is a system which will allow the competent public authorities to identify and solve the problems by taking the most appropriate decisions when dealing with landscape management.
FERGUS-ON Decision Support System (D.S.S.) The Decision Support System (D.S.S.) will in specific allow: • to co-ordinate the production and spread processes of knowledge and information; • to evaluate the consequences of different actions (simulations); • to use a learning instrument which will allow communication, interpretation and experimentation, in order to develop coherent solutions with the desired environmental quality; • to support (rather than substitute) the expressed technical evaluations; • to improve the quality level of the decision making.
FERGUS-ON Phase III - Creation of the EcoCentre and training activities In this last phase, as well as the knowledge and instrument system, the Foundation has the aim of creating an ‘EcoCentre’: an operational factor for the entire project, a support and place which will generate innovation, an independent but at the same time inter-linked centre with all the subjects able to pick up the behavioural changing signs dictated by the new millennium. The aim of the Centre will be to transform the know-how acquired in situ into a stronger environmental sensitivity of the local authorities and communities.
FERGUS-ON Phase III - Creation of the EcoCentre and training activities
FERGUS-ON Within this phase, the activity of the Fergus Foundation will focus on the training and development of technical-administrative people and of operators in the educational sector, with the aim of: • spreading the subjects linked to environment education; • awakening society to the environmental problems of the lived area.
FERGUS-ON Expected activities: • A centre for a confrontation at European level, between experts on eco-economics, able to give information on the convenience of the present model of resource withdrawal. • The management of forums on specific subjects, ‘the conversations on Portofino’, and of annual meetings of assessment and confrontation between the most advanced European experiences. • Organised relations with universities, suggesting innovative research lines: from intelligent instrumental monitoring, to bio-monitoring.
FERGUS-ON • A laboratory for the preservation, maintenance and valorisation of the bio-diversity (e.g. arboreal archaeology). • A support for the environmental preservation intervention (e.g. ‘eco-software’). • The ecologic conversion of the productive activities: • possible agriculture (a new agricultural landscape); • re-conversion of tourist activities based on ‘bio-centred’ free time consumption schemes (e.g. ‘bio-watching’).
FERGUS-ON What is under development Within Phase II (Data analysis and arrangement of management tools), the following points are still under development: • Ecologic Landscape Map; • faunal research for the compilation of the Bio-diversities Map; • census of the agricultural terracing; • photographic investigation for the compilation of a computerised herbarium; • the web site; • the entire modelling phase. The completion of the analyses regarding the promontory of the Monte of Portofino and the annexed Sea Preserve, and all Phase III (Creation of the EcoCentre and training activities) still have to be carried out.
FERGUS-ON Educational role of the EcoCentre The EcoCentre is also an educational place for: • observations of the natural and cultivated environments (bio-watching); • organised technical-scientific activities; • selected ecologic solutions, as well as for individualisation of the training paths of new environment professions, for modalities and permanent training techniques integrated by new computerised environmental and telecom technologies (eco-software) which will allow net- work connections and distance-working locations; • promotion of a holistic approach for environmental problems; • organisation of conferences and training for the reception of environmental tourism.
FERGUS-ON Accomplished activities / Documents The following list of maps has already been put into a Geographic Information System (G.I.S.) where the inter- sectorial compatibilities have already been checked: 1. Geologic map 2. Hydro-geologic map 3. Morphologic map 4. Lithologic map 5. Map of fractures 6. Map of geologic sections 7. Map of hydrogeographic grid 8. Pedologic map 9. Map of vegetable associations Volume “Phytocoenosis and Map of Vegetation of the Promontorio of Portofino” 10. Map of the fauna
FERGUS-ON Accomplished activities / Documents (follow up of Geographic Information System - G.I.S.) 11. Map of land use (year 1936) 12. Map of land use (year 1954) 13. Map of land use (year 1974) 14. Map of land use (year 1991) 15. Map of present land use (year 2000) 16. Maps of fire 17. Maps of bounds 18. Map of roads, buildings and of excursion itineraries of historical interest Digital Elevation Model 19. D.E.M. - Map of exposures 20. D.E.M. - Map of gradients 21. D.E.M. - Map of elevations and bathymetry 22. D.E.M. - Map of irradiation 23. Map of analytic-perceptive photographic investigation
FERGUS-ON Accomplished activities / Documents Book “Phytocoenosis and vegetation map of the Promontorio of Portofino”
FERGUS-ON Accomplished activities / Documents 23. Map of analytic-perceptive photographic investigation A27: Example of ‘cultivated land, located in the upper west side of Valle Vescini.
FERGUS-ON Accomplished activities / Documents 23. Map of analytic-perceptive photographic investigation B49: Outcrop of Portofino Conglomerate in Punta Chiappa: the bedding planes, immersed towards SE, are evident because exposed by marine erosion.
FERGUS-ON Accomplished activities / Documents 23. Map of analytic-perceptive photographic investigation B77: Resort Pietre Strette, characterised by blocks of Portofino Conglomerate tectonic disjointed and shaped by meteorological agents.
FERGUS-ON Accomplished activities / Documents 23. Map of analytic-perceptive photographic investigation C19: West side of Seno of San Fruttuoso. Rather evident is the monocline structure of the Portofino Conglomerate interrupted and disordered by a set of normal parallel faults facing NW-SE circa.
FERGUS-ON Accomplished activities / Documents 23. Map of analytic-perceptive photographic investigation E24: Niche of detachment and accumulation of recent landslide of bedding type, placed at level with the anticline, and laying below Castellaro of Camogli.E23:Complex folded structures in the Calcariof Monte Antola exposed in the sidebetween Castellaro of Camogli and SanRocco.