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Issue #7 - December 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 the 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.


Let’s build together a Climate Action Plan for the Altovicentino area!

On November 30th, the LIFE BEWARE project started a participatory process to build a Climate Action Plan for the Altovicentino area with territorial stakeholders. The initiative will be structured in 8 online meetings designed for the local communities with the aim of collecting proposals to protect our ecosystem and ensure climate resilience.


The new edition of the School of Common Goods was a success!

From the 16th to the 24th of October 2020, a new edition of the School of Common Goods took place in the framework of LIFE BEWARE, in the municipalities of Santorso and Marano Vicentino, in the Altovicentino area. The event involved many good practices related to the management of common goods, and, despite the pandemic in progress, had a successful participation and raised the interest of several people, even beyond the Altovicentino area.

Let's discover autumn in the fields with LIFE BEWARE

The participation of LIFE BEWARE in the Festival “Let's Discover Autumn in the Fields” was a huge success! The event involved more than 3000 participants, who had the chance to visit the water retention basin created by the project in an agricultural area. The event was also a valuable opportunity for a fruitful exchange of ideas for future collaborations and synergies in the area!

Natural Water Retention Measures contribute to increasing biodiversity!

The water retention basins created in the Municipalities of Santorso and Schio (Altovicentino) for flood risk mitigation, are also contributing to increasing the biodiversity of the territory. Download the monitoring report of the animal and plant species that populate the two areas!

"Drop by Drop", the comic book of the LIFE BEWARE project that explains hydraulic resilience!

Thea is a young girl from the small town of Sanaram, who is deeply worried about the devastating effects of climate change. Thea suffers from antlophobia, the persistent fear of flooding. Nightmares ruin her sleep and she spends her days designing solutions to reduce the flood risk in her city and to protect the water resources of the territory. Will her ideas be heard?
Download the Comic Book!


Creation of the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Water Systems Dynamics under the auspices of UNESCO

UNESCO and France have formalized the creation of the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Water Systems Dynamics (ICIReWaRD) in Montpellier, which will provide expertise, carry out research and training actions in management and governance of water science and technology in vulnerable regions, focusing in particular on problems linked to rapid urbanization and to the effects of climate change.


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 implemented in Italy, Spain, Greece and Croatia are presented!

LIFE SEC ADAPT PROJECT – Upgrading Sustainable Energy Communities in Mayor Adapt initiative by planning Climate Change Adaptation strategies

LIFE SEC ADAPT project aims to increase the climate resilience capacity of European urban areas by adopting and upgrading the model of the Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) to support the improvement of climate governance. Thanks to the participation in LIFE SEC ADAPT, local communities become the drivers for sustainable regional development through the coordination and support of regional authorities and development agencies.

LIFE INTEXT – INTensive-EXTensive innovative hybrid technologies for resource recovery from wastewater in small communities. A roadmap for sustainable wastewater treatment in small towns:

LIFE INTEXT project, led by Aqualia, brings a solution to the serious problems associated with wastewater treatment in small towns. In Spain, only 65% of municipalities with 2,000 to 10,000 inhabitants treat their wastewater correctly. An experimental plant has been designed during the first phase of the project and is currently being constructed in the facilities of Talavera de la Reina WWTP (Toledo, Spain). The Project is creating a technological platform where 16 innovative hybrid technologies for wastewater treatment and resource recovery in small communities will be developed and compared.
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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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