Pivato, Alberto, Vanin, Stefano, Palmeri, Luca, Barausse, Alberto, Mangione, Giovanni, Rasera, Michele and Gianluca, Monego (2013) Biopotentiality as an index of environmental compensation for composting plants. Waste Management. ISSN 0956053X

The Biopotentiality Index is a landscape ecology indicator, which can be used to estimate the latent energy of a given land and to assess the environmental impacts due to the loss of naturalness on a landscape scale. This indicator has been applied to estimate the effectiveness of the measures put in place to provide an environmental compensation for the revamping of a composting plant. These compensation measures are represented by a green belt with a minimum width of 25 m all around the plant, representing both a windbreak and a buffer zone, and by two wide wooded zones acting as core natural areas.

This case-study shows that the compensation index could be used as a key tool in order to negotiate the acceptance of waste treatment plant with the population

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