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BEWARE Newsletter
Issue #3 - June 2020
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.


Do you want to contribute to reducing flood risk in your territory?

LIFE BEWARE promoted the activation of a Help Desk service for citizens, municipalities and enterprises in the Altovicentino area. The Help Desk will provide information about the characteristics and benefits of Natural Water Retention Measures. Rain gardens, green roofs, infiltration trenches and pervious pavements are just a few examples of the interventions that it is possible to implement to reduce the hydraulic risk of a territory. The free help desk, managed by the Department of Territory and Agro-Forestal Systems (TESAF) of Padua University, will share information about the methods of construction, the types available on the market and the costs.


Natural Water Retention Measures in the Altovicentino area, Italia

The characteristics and benefits of the 7 Natural Water Retention Measures implemented by LIFE BEWARE have been presented as a case study in the European Climate Adaptation Platform Climate-ADAPT - a partnership between the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA).

New sustainable solutions for the improvement of the territorial hydraulic safety in the Altovicentino area

LIFE BEWARE is promoting the adopotion of Natural Water Retention Measures in the Altovicentino, involving local communities actively. In Giavenale di Schio, an agricultural area between Schio and Marano Vicentino municipalities, a water retention basin for hydraulic risk mitigation, water resources protection and biodiversity conservation has been developed.

Sustainable use of water in agriculture: the LIFE BEWARE project works hand in hand with farm-ers

Is dealing with water in agriculture as easy as drinking a glass of water? Unfortunately, it is not! For this reason, Veneto Agricoltura, within LIFE BEWARE, organized a series of meetings with different Italian Agricultural Associations to open a dialogue and focus on sustainable water management in agriculture.

“KIDS UNIVESRSITY BEWARE”: An innovative online campus on water and environment for young students in Santorso and Marano Vicentino

On Friday 29th of May, the first edition of the “Kids University BEWARE” took place involving 500 young students and teachers from the primary and secondary schools of Santorso and Marano Vicentino municipalities. The lecturer Lucia Bortolini, researcher and professor of the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (TESAF) of Padua University, talked about sustainable water management and the work of the LIFE BEWARE project.

The LIFE BEWARE project as a case study within the Master Program “Governance of local development networks” of Padua University

The Master Program “Governance of local development networks” at Padua University, included the course “Communities resilient to hydro-geological risks” in its last edition. The course offers a specific focus on climate change, soil consumption and hydro-geologic risks, presenting concrete solutions to strengthen the resilience of the territory.


BRIGAID Project conference on climate resilience and innovation

On the 25th of June, the final conference of the BRIGAID Project, financed by the Horizon2020 Programme of the European Union, took place. In this interactive online conference, experts and key speakers presented innovations from the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Israel, Romania, Albania and Italy that reduce the impact of climate related disasters such as extreme weather, drought and floods. Watch the conference!


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 operating in Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Hungary are presented!

S.O.S. 4 LIFE: Save Our Soil for LIFE!

SOS4LIFE aims to contribute to the enforcement of the European orientations about soil protection and urban regeneration at the municipal level, with particular reference to the guidelines on best practices to reduce, mitigate and compensate soil sealing. Tools, rules and actions promoted by this project are aimed to implement the Community strategy “no net land take by 2050”. The project is mapping the soil impermeabilization level in the involved municipalities, evaluating the ecosystemic services to determine the quality of the soil. On the project website, many documents and guidelines are ready to be discovered!

LIFE Local Water Adapt: Innovative and local collaboration in response to climate change

De Watergroep (a Flemish drinking water company) is conducting a pilot-scale study at household level on decentralized drinking water production. The aim of LIFE Local Water Adapt is to gain experience on the unique approach of Collective Adaptive Water Management (CAWM). CAWM tackles various climate adaptation aspects, such as flooding and water scarcity simultaneously. LIFE Local Water Adapt consists of two projects, one implemented on a neighborhood scale in Kerkrade in the Netherlands and one on a household scale in West-Flanders.

LIFE MICACC - Municipalities as integrators and coordinators in adaptation to climate change

LIFE MICACC promotes Natural Water Retention Measures (NWRM) at the public, municipal and scientific level through various trainings, conferences, public events and publications. Besides theoretical sharing of knowledge and knowhow on NWRM, the project aims to implement these measures in 5 Hungarian pilot sites, namely in Bátya, Püspökszilágy, Rákócziújfalu, Ruzsa and Tiszatarján. All pilots realise different NWRM technologies so that municipalities of different geographical and environmental conditions can take example from them (flat land, hilly land, sandy soil etc.).
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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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