The Department of Environmental Protection is the operative structure of Roma Capitale (City of Rome) that defines and implements the environmental policies of the city. The juridical sphere of its intervention can be schematically represented as follows:
• Management of urban green spaces, archaeological – monumental and agriculture, which represent 67% of the vast municipality covering about 129,000 hectares making Rome the greenest capital in Europe (85,000 hectares) and the largest agricultural community in Europe;
• Ensuring proper management of urban waste by adopting appropriate policies for the prevention and reduction of waste, reuse and recovery of materials, (which also provide for awareness-raising campaigns targeted at citizens), through the development of separate waste collection system and control by A.M.A. Spa;
• Protection of the territory, subsoil and river courses through the relocation of demolition plants, reclamation of inactive quarries and polluted sites, monitoring of aquifers of Roma Capitale and enhancement of rivers Tiber and Aniene;
• Prevention and reduction of air, noise and electromagnetic pollution, carried out through monitoring, urban planning and legislative instruments;
• Protection of animal rights and biodiversity through the promotion and enhancement of animal rights activism, the adoption of companion animals (through awareness-raising campaigns) and the development of legislative tools against stray animals and animal abuse.