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Urban Sprawl Wrecking Italian Farmland through Landslides

11 September 2015

ITALY – Reduced rainfall infiltration caused by concreting over grasslands is putting rural communities at risk from landslides, warns an Italian farm group.

The National Confederation of Farmers (Coldiretti) has claimed that 690,000 hectares of farmland has either been developed on or washed away in landslides in the last decade.

The Union said 8.6 million people are at risk from the “dramatic impact” rainfall can have on soil hydrology.

A spokesperson said: “It is strange that the wrong development model has been used and investments have not been taken to preserve those that live and work in the countryside.”


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