Integrating flood risk mitigation with habitat conservation and recreation in the river Secchia basin (IT)

Project information

Index: 0597R2
Acronym:F:ACTS!
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Natural and technological risks (including climate change)
Location ITALY NORD-EST Rubiera (Reggio Emilia Province) Emilia-Romagna Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1989-06-30
End: 31/12/2011 for the CO2-reductionplan. Adaptationplan = 2012

Topic of the practice

Upgrading of a project for adaptation to climate change (water retention area for flooding control) to achieve other objectives in an integrated way: nature conservation and recreation.

Good Practice Information

The practice here described is centered on the multifunctional use of river Secchia detention basin for water retention area for flood control, natural habitat conservation and recreation. The retention basin of the river Secchia has been initially created to mitigate flood risk, through water retention, by being able to contain about 15 million cubic meters of water in an area of 200 hectares. Due to the biodiversity value of the habitat in the river basin, the area has been taken into management by a Consortium, established in 1989 by the Municipalities of Modena, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Campogalliano and Rubiera, with the aim of creating and managing The Park of the Secchia River. The consortium manages the park in an integrated way, by upgrading the initial function of water retention for flood risk mitigation with other two main purposes: natural habitat preservation and recreation. In particular, the consortium coordinates activities aimed at protecting and monitoring the territory and the local biodiversity through surveillance by the authorities in charge and volunteer guards. Moreover, the consortium offers services such as organizing cultural, educational, leisure and sport activities. The upgrading of this project has been carried out to achieve several objectives in an integrated way and it has been realized mainly through improving governance, enlarging the partnership of both public and private sector and also by scaling up the territorial scope to upper planning levels.
The Park has developed a good project design in land management, focusing on a mix of activities, that are centered on the maintenance, protection and supervision of the infrastructures and the territory. At the same time the partners of the consortium are opening progressively to provide opportunities for stakeholder participation in the process of planning and promoting socio-economic and cultural development, as well as partnerships with governments and local stakeholders.

Evidence of success

The Park has developed a good project design in land management, focusing on a mix of activities, that are centered on the purposes of the project such as the maintenance, protection and supervision of the infrastructures and the territory. At the same time the partners are opening more and more to provide opportunities for stakeholder participation in the process of planning and promoting socio-economic and cultural development, as well as partnerships with governments and local stakeholders.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Dr. Paolo Filetto

Consorzio di Gestione del Parco Fluviale del Secchia

info@parcosecchia.it paolo.filetto@parcosecchia.it

www.parcosecchia.it/index.php

Annex completed on: 11-21-2011

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