The disaster in the Stava valley on July 19th 1985 was one of the most tragic of its kind in the world and it was one of the worst industrial and enviromental catastrophes in Italy.

The Foundation Stava 1985 was created in order to make sure that 268 innocent people did not die in vain on 19th July 1985 in the Stava Valley.

The Stava 1985 Foundation (charity) pursues the goal of “active memory” to disseminate knowledge on the origin, causes and responsibilities of the failure.

AREAS OF INTEREST

On 19th July 1985, the failure of the tailings dams of the Prestavèl fluorite mine gave rise to a mudflow, which devastated the Stava valley and caused the loss of 268 lives, as well as vast material and environmental destruction.

The Centre is open to individual visitors, families and groups. Here the events that happened on 19th July 1985 in the Stava valley are described and explained. It can be reached along the road from Tesero leading to Pampeago.

The history of this territory is recounted along a path that winds up the Stava valley. It starts at the bridge over the Rio Stava in the village of Tesero and leads to the ex-mining area on Mount Prestavèl.

Training courses on the themes of environmental education, land management, individual and corporate responsibility are addressed to the classes of schools, institutions and companies.

Information on the genesis, causes of and responsibilities for the disaster in the Stava valley, photographic documentation and scientific bibliography are an integral part of the catalogue that can be consulted online.

Relevant topics

The catastrophe in numbers

90 KM/H

MAX. SPEED OF THE MUDFLOW

268

VICTIMS IN 64 CEMETERIES OF ITALY

133

MILLIONS EUROS COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGES

10

PEOPLE CONVICTED

OUR COMMITMENT, YOUR SUPPORT

A Foundation

To prevent any similar predictable and avoidable events from happening ever again.

Support the Foundation

Projects and initiatives are funded through third party bequests and donations and/or contributions from public or private bodies.

ROLL OF HONOUR

Your support for our commitment: both institutions and private supporters are enrolled in the Stava 1985 Foundation’s Roll of Honour.