Nel Progetto ECORICE, una notevole importanza è stata attribuita al coinvolgimento del maggior numero di soggetti potenzialmente interessati (Azioni A.4, D e E.5).

Attraverso l'Azione E5 (IRFEN Network) la Provincia di Vercelli, in collaborazione con il Dipartimento di Biologia dell' Università di Pavia, ne cura i rapporti anche a livello internazionale, per coniugare una gestione durevole dell'ecosistema risicolo alla conservazione di habitat e specie protetti ai sensi delle Direttive Habitat e Uccelli.

L'obiettivo è quello di porre le basi per la redazione  di un Programma di Azione a livello internazionale.

Se sei interessato a partecipare alle attività di Progetto, puoi scrivere una mail a

Into the ECORICE Project, great emphasys is given to involve stakeholders.

The Provincia di Vercelli, together with the
Biology Department of Pavia University, takes care of such relationships up to the international level, aiming at combining a lasting sustainable rice farming with the safeguard of habitats and species protected by EU Directives.

Our goal is to write down an Action Plan at international scale.

If you want to contribute and be informed on such activities, please email us at


The IRFEN (International rice field ecological network), is a network of qualified stakeholders, belonging to EU Member Countries, who work on biodiversity management in rice field ecosystems, or rice growers and their associations.


Purpose of the international network:

1.       Improving knowledge on the relationship between biodiversity and farmer’s needs concerning rice production in Europe.

2.    Developing a shared programme promoting rice farming as the keeper of local natural assets (in particular those related with Natura 2000 Network)


During the first IRFEN meeting, held in Vercelli on February 2012, partners from Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Bulgaria shared their experience on rice-fields management of their own areas. The main topics, proposed for discussion by Provincia di Vercelli, concerned water cycle management, treatment of rice antagonist, stubble management, agricultural landscape elements, canal and embankment management and exotic species management (for more details see file attached).


 Given the significant diversities existing between different geographical areas and socio-economic contexts, the debate showed that, at present,  drafting of common international guidelines is hard to reach, because each country has its own criticalities, which differ among each other’s. Anyway, what we found is that every rice growing area is hosting species of animals and or plants protected under the Natura 2000 scheme. Thus, we can work together to draw up a common action plan which will be presented to ECORICE International Workshop, foreseen on 21st June 2013. During this meeting we will present shared contents and common actions which might be the subject of further development .

We invite you to join the IRFEN by a formal adhesion request.


For further information, please contact dr. Francesca Della Rocca email:; tel: +39 0382 986303, dr. Alice Cerutti  or. Francesco Pellicciari email:;



Thank you for your collaboration

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