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Maurizio PROSPERI   Dr.  University Educator/Researcher 
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Maurizio PROSPERI published an article in March 2018.
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Giacomo Giannoccaro

30 shared publications

Department DiSAAT, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, via G. Amendola 165/a, 70121 Bari, Italy

Pasquale Pazienza

20 shared publications

Department of Economics; University of Foggia; Italy

Edgardo Sica

19 shared publications

Department of Economics University of Foggia (Italy)

Antonio Lopolito

10 shared publications

University of Foggia

Mariarosaria Lombardi

10 shared publications

University of Foggia

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Article 4 Reads 1 Citation The Magnitude and Cost of Groundwater Metering and Control in Agriculture Armando Ursitti, Giacomo Giannoccaro, Maurizio Prosperi, Emi... Published: 20 March 2018
Water, doi: 10.3390/w10030344
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Volumetric pricing as envisaged within the Water Framework Directive (60/2000) is a considerable challenge in terms of irrigation in Mediterranean regions, since a large share of the water source is groundwater. Enforcing this pricing scheme involves systematic metering and control (M&C) systems with subsequent high costs. This paper aims to fill the gap in the literature related to the assessment of costs for the metering and control of irrigation groundwater. The full operational cost of all activities related to the hypothetical services provided by a public agency is assessed for Apulia (a region in southern Italy). The results show that point-to-point metering services are quite costly, ranging from 38.5 to 59 euros per delivery point. New questions arise regarding whether the M&C of groundwater abstraction should be fully charged to end users (i.e., farmers), or also shared with the whole society as a public service aimed at environmental enhancement.
BOOK-CHAPTER 3 Reads 0 Citations Participatory Planning in Organic Solid Waste Management: A Backcasting Approach Roberta Sisto, Edgardo Sica, Mariarosaria Lombardi, Maurizio... Published: 28 April 2017
Food Waste Reduction and Valorisation, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-50088-1_13
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CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 5 Reads 0 Citations <strong>The magnitude and cost of groundwater monitoring and control in agriculture.</strong> Giacomo Giannoccaro, Armando Ursitti, Maurizio Prosperi Published: 22 November 2016
The 1st International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences, doi: 10.3390/ecws-1-e005
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As pointed out by Field and Field [1] there is a natural tendency among people to think that enacting a law automatically leads to the rectification of the problem to which it is addressed.

The implementation and effectiveness of a groundwater use limit as well as pricing policy crucially depends on enforcement capacity, sanctioning systems, and the need for the generation of information and its management. Key issue in groundwater management is the size of the groundwater user community. Groundwater aquifers can be very small, with only tens or hundreds of users, but generally there is a large extent of individual users. Enforcement ultimately requires energy and resources thus it turns into a costly activities. 

Implementing an on-farm monitoring and control system typically involves a fixed component such as installing measuring devices, setting up administration and facilities, and a variable component that increases with the water proceeds (i.e. monitoring and collection activities). Monitoring/detection, may include both measuring the performance of water users and monitoring their compliance with regulation, as well as the development of monitoring technologies [2].

The aim of this research is to define a framework analysis of groundwater monitoring and control in agriculture in order to assess its cost. In Mediterranean region, irrigation water accounts for the largest volume of groundwater withdraw by many individual small users. The magnitude of cost for an individual monitoring may oversize the expected economic return of groundwater control.  The case of Capitanata irrigation basin (Apulia region, South of Italy) is used to carry out the cost assessment of at-farm-gate monitoring and control systems on irrigation groundwater.   


  1. Field, B.C.; Field, M.K. Environmental economics: An introduction. McGraw-Hill: New York, 2002.
  2. McCann, L.; Colby, B.; Easter, K.W.; Kasterine, A.; Kuperan, K.V. Transaction cost measurement for evaluating environmental policies. Ecological Economics 2005, 52, 527-542.
Article 3 Reads 0 Citations Adoption of biodegradable mulching films in agriculture: is there a negative prejudice towards materials derived from or... Myriam Anna Scaringelli, Giacomo Giannoccaro, Maurizio Prosp... Published: 10 June 2016
Italian Journal of Agronomy, doi: 10.4081/ija.2016.716
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During the last years ongoing research has moved towards the valorisation of organic waste by the identification of possible products with a good market perspective. In this paper we consider the possibility of using the organic fraction of municipal waste to produce biodegradable mulching films for agricultural purposes. The aim of this research was to estimate the potential demand of horticultural farms located in the province of Foggia (Italy) for biodegradable films derived from organic waste. We carried out a survey of 107 producers in the area. Findings showed that the adoption of the innovative films does not depend on the nature of the raw material used and that the willingness to pay for such films is higher with respect to the price of similar products already available in the market. In addition, farmers’ preferences towards mulching films’ attributes (strength, durability, mechanical harvesting, transparency, etc.) are identified.
Article 4 Reads 3 Citations Puzzling stakeholder views for long-term planning in the bio-economy: A back-casting application Roberta Sisto, Mathijs Van Vliet, Maurizio Prosperi Published: 01 February 2016
Futures, doi: 10.1016/j.futures.2015.04.002
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Article 3 Reads 1 Citation Translating local stakeholders' perception in rural development strategies under uncertainty conditions: An application ... Antonio Lopolito, Maurizio Prosperi, Roberta Sisto, Emilio D... Published: 01 February 2015
Journal of Rural Studies, doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.12.005
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