Place: Genoa, Italy
The regional agency for the protection of the Ligurian environment is the public reference body for environmental protection, protection of water resources, soil conservation and weather warnings civil protection. Arpal is part of the National System of Agencies for the Protection of the Environment, together with other regional and provincial agencies and Ispra, and is inserted in a three-level context: European, domestic and regional. It consists of almost 300 employees in charge of monitoring the regional environment and controlling potential sources of pollution. Concerning the sea, ARPAL has a long experience in assessing environmental quality, through chemical analyses of water, sediments and marine organisms, as well as habitat monitoring and bathing controls. Moreover, since 2015 Arpal is leading the Marine Strategy for the Western Mediterranean sub-region.