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Issue #11 - December 2021
Drop by drop we improve land security


BEWARE project (BEtter Water Management for Advancing Resilient Communities in Europe), co-funded by the European Union LIFE Programme aims to improve hydraulic safety and territorial resilience in Altovicentino area, Vicenza Province (Italy).
It promotes the adoption of sustainable interventions through a participatory approach that actively involves interested stakeholders, encouraging them to adopt actions to reduce flood damages caused by the heavy rains that increasingly occur in the territory.


LIFE Beware presents the results of the participated path: AltoVicentino Mayors Adapt Strategy

On the 14th of December 2021 at 20:30, an event will be held online to present the results of the participatory process within the Life Beware project. This has involved all those who have experienced and managed it: administrators, citizens, professionals, municipal technicians, researchers. The process has led to the final drafting of the AltoVicentino Mayors Adapt Strategy through which Life Beware aims to identify actions that can increase resilience in dealing with extreme weather events.


AltoVicentino Mayors Adapt Strategy - What is it? What does it consist of? Let’s talk about it with Giulio Pesenti

This interview with Giulio Pesenti, facilitator and designer of the participatory process of LIFE Beware for Veneto Agricoltura, explains to those who follow the LIFE Beware project what a territorial action plan is and the reason why it was adopted for the Altovicentino, a territory often subject to intense meteorological phenomena. The Action Plan is the result of a reflection on the problems of the territory, on its weaknesses but also on its potentialities. Thanks to the participation of all the social groups, it has managed to obtain a varied and complete final product that takes into account the real complexity of the problem.

Cipani Middle School students imagine the conclusion of the ''Drop by Drop'' comic book

The comic book "Drop by drop" created as part of the LIFE BEWARE project and designed to raise awareness on environmental issues and climate change among children and the younger generation was brought to the Cipani middle school. Here, with the help of Art and Image professor Francesca Dal Santo, the third-grade students were asked to imagine and draw the conclusion of Thea's story.

Lapini’s exhibition on climate change becomes permanent

After the great success at the Festival "La Forma dell'acqua. Territori. Resilienza. Comunità" Lapini's exhibition continues to be freely open to the public until the works themselves deteriorate! Michele Lapini's photographs, two of which have been awarded international prizes, are exhibited in thirteen places between the municipalities of Marano Vicentino and Santorso, such as the Stazione delle Arti in Marano Vicentino, where, in addition to Lapini's photographs, you will also find the shots selected in the "Enore Marini" photographic competition promoted by the Movimento Salvaguardia Ambiente.


City of Milan's Food waste hubs

The city of Milan has won the first edition of the prestigious international Earthshot Prize for distributing food that is already in circulation to those who need it most, reducing waste while tackling food shortages for the poorest to eat. To do this, the city has set up a series of hubs and a network of infrastructures for food collection and redistribution, whereby food is collected mainly from supermarkets and company canteens, and redistributed to the city's needy by non-governmental organisations. Milan's three food hubs currently collect about 350 kg of food waste per day, and the city's model, applied to the world's most populous urban centres, could have a very significant impact, "implementable worldwide".


The LIFE Programme of the European Union is co-funding a wide variety of projects that involve public and private entities, civil society organisations and other stakeholders, in the implementation of measures and strategies for climate change adaptation. The LIFE BEWARE project is committed to building a network of projects
and initiatives for soil conservation, sustainable management of natural resources, promotion of environmental governance, biodiversity conservation and much more. In the section below, three important projects about the sustainable use of soil and flood risk mitigation are presented!


The cities of Rimini (Italy) and Krakow (Poland) analyzed nearly 90,000 of their urban trees by comparing location, species and age, ability to absorb climate-damaging CO2, and the amount of atmospheric particulate matter filtered by their leaves. This data – updated in real time per day and per year – and the results of the LIFE URBANGREEN project are now online.

The LIFE URBANGREEN project led by R3GIS based in northern Italy, aims at making the value of urban green spaces visible to citizens and increasing efficiency of maintenance activities through the GreenSpaces platform. The benefits that are being studied and quantified include the amount of particulate matter that trees filter out of the air and the amount of climate-damaging CO2 that is removed from the atmosphere. Cooling of the air in hot summer days by trees through transpiration and shading is also quantified and expressed in kWh of energy saved for cooling the same amount of air with an air conditioner. In Rimini 26,534 trees were analyzed for the services they provide to the city, in Krakow a total of 60,828 trees. The data is now available on the public portals for the cities of Rimini and Krakow. The two portals are part of a pilot project and are the first websites of this type developed in Europe. It is an attempt to make the ecosystem services provided by urban trees visible and to clearly state the importance of green spaces for climate change adaptation. Are you curious to know more? Here you find five videos that explain key tools developed by the LIFE URBANGREEN project in a nutshell. If you want to know more about the project, this document shows scientific results in detail as well as activities carried out step by step.


Climate change is happening and projected to continue. Our cities are constantly facing different impacts derived from climate change such as floods, heatwaves and storm surges among others, which not only cause significant economic and human losses but also pose challenges to urban living. LIFE BAETULO is a pilot project where a novel technology, an Integrated (and multi-hazard) Early Warning System, is applied for the first time in a city, in this case in Badalona (Spain), with the objective of reducing the exposure and vulnerability of citizens and other urban assets to climate-related hazards by providing anticipated information and alarms that allow taking preventive and response actions to minimize direct and indirect impacts and damages derived from climate change. Apart from an operational platform the project will implement a citizen’s app informing the Badalona’s inhabitants about the current and potential climate risks affecting the municipality and the actions they can take individually to decrease vulnerability to climate change and minimize impacts.
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This newsletter has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union under the LIFE. The contents of it are the sole responsibility of the LIFE BEWARE Consortium and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.
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