LIFE BEWARE - BEtter Water-management for Advancing Resilient-communities in Europe

LIFE17 GIC/IT/000091

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Contact details:

Contact person: Antonio DE MARTIN
Tel: 0445649534
Email: antonio.demartin@comune.santorso.vi.it

Project description:


Climate change has an impact on the frequency of flooding across Europe with around 200 catastrophic flood events recorded since 2000. Over the past few decades, overflowing rivers and heavy storms have increased becoming common natural disasters, leading to loss of life and having a high economic cost.

In Italy, the national climate change adaptation strategy indicates that the main areas at risk of flooding include the Po River valley and the Alpine and Apennine areas (where flash floods are common). In urban areas soil sealing preventing water from being absorbed in the earth compounds the impact of heavy rainfall events. In the Veneto region, short lasting floods have increased as a result and the extent of the flooded area has increased. A range of flood events affected the project areas, located in the Piedmont part of the Bacchiglione–Brenta river basin. The 2010 flood resulted in the death of 3 people and more than 150 000 animals, with an economic cost of around €429 million.


The overall objective of the LIFE BEWARE project objective is to implement the EU strategy on adaptation to climate change in regards to flood risks by increasing water infiltration and storage in urban and rural areas. The project aims to actively involve local communities in implementing Natural Water Retention Measures (NWRM) in Santorso and Marano Vicentino, as well as other EU municipalities.

The project will seek to create the favourable local administrative, financial and technical environment for NWRM. Best practices will demonstrate how to ensure that communities are safe from flood risks and the role that they can play in achieving EU climate change goals. These actions will be then supported in other areas of Italy and elsewhere in Europe.

Expected results:

  • At least 575 citizens engaged in achieving small-scale water retention and storage by increasing awareness and organising a group investment programme;
  • Improvement of local legislation by publishing two updated building codes in the municipalities of Santorso and Marano Vicentino;
  • At least five municipalities agreeing to a common strategy for climate adaptation, especially for adaptation to flooding in the northern province of Vicenza;
  • Preparation of the creation of a 2 500 m2 retention basin in a farming area that will store water during floods to be used for irrigation during droughts;
  • Development of six public and private sites with Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems;
  • Definition of the baseline values of the project area and measurement of the variations during the project;
  • At least four meetings held with farmers to propose good farm management practices for climate adaptation;
  • Nine technical workshops held in Italy, and a training session and five technical workshops held elsewhere in Europe, along with two webinars;
  • Publication of a digital technical manual and two scientific papers;
  • Presentation of project results at two scientific national/international conferences;
  • Guided tours on environmental and economic issues; and
  • Six project videos uploaded on Youtube or other sites;



Environmental issues addressed:


Information - Governance - Environmental training - Capacity building
Climate change Adaptation - Resilient communities


flood‚  local authority‚  water resources management‚  climate adaptation strategy

Target EU Legislation

  • Water
  • Directive 2007/60 - Assessment and management of flood risks (23.10.2007)
  • Directive 2000/60 - Framework for Community action in the field of water policy (23.10.2000)
  • Climate Change & Energy efficicency
  • COM(2013)216 - EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change (16.04.2013)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Santorso Municipality
Type of organisation Local authority
Description Santorso is a municipal area in the Italian region of Veneto, with a population of almost 100 000. Santorso coordinates a range of projects and networking activities that involve many towns and a large number of citizens. In 2012 it adopted ‘Santorso 2020’, a strategic vision for a greener and more sustainable future. Santorso was named as a finalist for the EU Sustainable Energy Awards 2017.
Partners Association des Agences de la Démocratie Locale / Association of Local Democracy Agencies, France Consorzio di bonifica Alta Pianura Veneta, Italy Comune di Marano Vicentino, Italy Dipartimento Territorio e Sistemi Agro-forestali - Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy Agenzia veneta per l’Innovazione nel Settore primario – Veneto Agricoltura, Italy


Project reference LIFE17 GIC/IT/000091
Duration 03-SEP-2018 to 30-JUN -2022
Total budget 2,103,964.00 €
EU contribution 1,188,160.00 €
Project location Veneto(Italia)


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Project web site Project's website
Project web site - 2 Project's Facebook page
Publication "LIFE BEWARE - Goccia a goccia miglioriamo la sicu ...
Publication "LIFE BEWARE - Goccia a goccia miglioriamo la sicu ...
Publication "LIFE BEWARE - Goccia a goccia miglioriamo la sicu ...


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