The REWETLAND project sets up a wide-scale Environmental Restoration Programme in the “Agro Pontino”, an area with critical conditions of water pollution, mainly caused by an intensive agricultural activity. The project tests and develops biological treatments for the reduction of pollutants coming from the agricultural activities, using solutions such as ecotone strips, filter ecosystems and artificial wetlands.
REWETLAND has carried out interventions on the whole “Agro Pontino” (ca. 700 sq km), rather than on a single watercourse, taking into consideration the entire network of drainage channels (2200 km), therefore requiring a radical change in the maintenance techniques on the channels and, more in general, in territorial and landscape management.
The project is based on a participated management of the water system. The sharing of decisions with all stakeholders involved in territorial management (institutions, public and private bodies, farmers and citizens), and the inter-institutional collaboration among the bodies responsible for programming, planning and implementing the interventions, are deemed fundamental in order to ensure their effectiveness and achieve sustainability goals.