The REWAT project aims at implementing a number of demonstration measures for the sustainable management of water resources of the lower Cornia valley, both structural (pilot interventions) and non-structural (education and training), which will form the basis for a governance processes (Basin Contract) aimed at sharing a long-medium term strategy for sustainable water management in the concerned hydrological system.
The project will initially focus on the identification and structuring of an appropriate knowledge, appraisal and design framework in support of the implementation of the demonstration measures.
The project includes non-structural measures aimed at raising general public awareness on the sustainable use of water resources (civil and agricultural sectors), along with training on technical solutions for sustainable water management (public officials, researchers, professionals) and the approach strategy for the implementation of these (directors, managers, experts and representatives of associations and other stakeholders).
Furthermore the project includes the set up of n. 5 demonstration interventions: (1) installation of a managed aquifer recharge facility (MAR), (2) morphological restoration of a Cornia river reach (RR), (3) water-saving intervention in the civil water supply sector, (4) water-saving intervention in agriculture, (5) intervention for the reduction and sustainable management of stormwater in urban areas.
The project also involves the activation of a strategic decision making process aimed at the negotiated agreement for water resources management in the lower Cornia basin, meaning a voluntary governance tool for the wide scale implementation in the medium term (post LIFE) of the good practices implemented in this project. Implementation actions are accompanied by an environmental and socio-economic ex post monitoring for the quantification of the effectiveness of implemented actions.
The project will also implement measures to provide information (website, social networking, media work, conferences, public events, publications, etc ...) and dissemination (training events, networking, technical publications, technical visits, workshops, ... ) to the technical audience and the general public.