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Climate change, study underway on humid border areas between Italy and Croatia

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Climate change, study underway on humid border areas between Italy and Croatia

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An app and a monitoring system to control and study the effects of climate change on wetlands, lagoons and cross-border marshes in Italy and Croatia: these are the objectives of the European Grew project which is worth 2.6 million euros, financed at 80% % from the ERDF fund and the remaining 20% ​​from the rotation fund for the implementation of community policies.

The start is set for 8 March with the signing of the “Pilot wet area contracts”, i.e. agreements negotiated on a voluntary basis which will concern the northern lagoon of Venice, the Marano lagoon, the Po delta of Ferrara, the mouth of the Ofanto river and, in Croatia, the Palud ornithological reserve in Istria, the mouth of the Neretva river in Dubrovnik, the Brijuni islands park and the coastal area of ​​Zadar.

Coordination at the Iuav of Venice

The project, which lasts two and a half years, is coordinated by the IUAV University of Venice, and sees the participation of various partners: the Consorzio di Bonifica Pianura di Ferrara, the Pact for Employment in the North of Bari/Ofantino, the Friulian Riviera Community and, in Croatia, Zastita Prirode (Public institution for the management of protected natural areas of the Dubrovnik-Neretva region), the agency for rural development of the county of Zadar, Natura-Histrica (Public institution based in Rovinj ) and the Brijuni Islands National Park Management Authority.

The citizens as protagonists

«To increase trust in this tool, the project will create, with the contribution of citizens, an App to monitor the effects of climate change, to be used in the eight pilot areas – explains Maria Chiara Tosi, scientific coordinator of the project -. Furthermore, a specific demonstration measure for adaptation to climate change will be developed in each area, involving local communities.” Finally, «no less importantly, a capacity building activity will be offered to managers and experts of other Italy-Croatia cross-border wetlands, together with the signing of a joint memorandum of understanding to commit all parties to act beyond the end of the project , with the aim of disseminating the results and facilitating the transfer of lessons learned.”

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