EFG MEDAL of MERIT No. 4
RENZO ZIA (in Memory)
Renzo ZIA was born in Livorno (Italy) in 1929 and died in December 1996. He graduated with full marks in Geological Sciences at Pisa University in 1954. He was a researcher of CNR Study Centre for Geology of the Apennines and an Associate Professor of Geology and Lithology at Pisa University. For several years he has worked as an independent professional in environmental and applied geology, geotechnics and hydrogeology.
Renzo ZIA was a member of many associations and committees, consultant to Development Agencies and adviser to Public Bodies. He worked abroad, as FAO expert and U.N.I.D.O. adviser in hydrogeology in Africa and Middle East.
Since the date of the EFG’s foundation in 1980, Renzo ZIA was a Member of the Council and was one of EFG's early Presidents, from 1983 to 1986. He also has served on the Editorial Committee of "The Geologist" Magazine. He was a Member of the Board of ONGI (now CNG) from 1975 to 1985, and President from 1979 to 1985.
He has always distinguished himself by a civil action of charge and incentive, in order to obtain a correct national environmental policy, the use of sustainable development of natural resources and the promotion of legislative instruments in the problems of soil defense and civil protection. He has to be remembered as providing an example of ethical strictness, for his humanity and for the enthusiasm that he was always able to transfer to young people.
Proposers : Floriano VILLA -- Carlo Enrico BRAVI
Seconder : Pietro DE PAOLA