91% of Italian municipalities are currently under risk of river and pluvial flooding, an important increase as compared to 2015 when 88% of municipalities were at risk (ISPRA, 2018). These already fragile hydrogeological conditions are worsened by the growing consumption of soil, which occurs more in Northern Italy than in the rest of the country. Related effects are evident in Veneto (Italy), where floods, landslides, and erosive phenomena have deeply affected the region in recent years. The Altovicentino area makes no exception in this respect, with flooding events that have been occurring with growing frequency and intensity over the last decades and are expected to continue in the future.
In this context, two municipalities of the Altovicentino area, Santorso and Marano Vicentino, decided to promote the diffusion of Natural Water Retention Measures (NWRMs) to increase the resilience of the territory to flooding. Within the BEWARE “Better Water Management for Advancing Resilient-communities in Europe” LIFE funded project, the two municipalities (in collaboration with the project partners: TESAF - University of Padua, Consorzio di Bonifica Alta Pianura Veneta, ALDA, Veneto Agricoltura) have implemented seven interventions including NWRMs. The catalogue available through the NWRM platform was used to identify the finally designed and implemented measures. Five interventions are placed in Santorso and two are located in Marano Vicentino. The interventions aim at solving existing hydraulic problems and preventing future ones due to climate change. They are also used as virtuous examples in an ongoing participatory process promoting knowledge transfer on and implementation of NWRMs in the entire Altovicentino area.