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Construction of the Reno-Setta feeder channel

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Countries: Brazil
Regions: Parana
Project SDGs:
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the project and its locations.
Sustainable Production (SDG 12.4)
Progress to Date: 531000 m3/month less water Reduce water consumption per tonne
Services Needed: Stakeholder engagement & facilitation
Desired Partner: Investor
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Jan. 2018  »  Dec. 2019
Project Website: s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ungc-production/attachments/cop_2...
Contextual Condition(s): PHYSICAL: Unsustainable land use
Additional Benefits: Raised awareness of challenges among water users
Beneficiaries: Agricultural growers
Planning & Implementation Time: 1-3 years
Primary Funding Source: pool
Project Challenges: RESOURCES: Not enough participants
Project Source: Admin
Profile Completion: 85%

Project Overview

The construction of the Reno-Setta feeder channel, in 2010, was a fundamental measure for the Bologna area, the substantial results of which can now be quantified. As requested by the Regional Government of Emilia-Romagna among the offsetting measures for the construction of the Variante di Valico, the feeder channel conveys part of the water from the Reno river to the Sasso Marconi drinking water plant, in order to supplement the abduction from the Setta torrent, increasing…

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The construction of the Reno-Setta feeder channel, in 2010, was a fundamental measure for the Bologna area, the substantial results of which can now be quantified. As requested by the Regional Government of Emilia-Romagna among the offsetting measures for the construction of the Variante di Valico, the feeder channel conveys part of the water from the Reno river to the Sasso Marconi drinking water plant, in order to supplement the abduction from the Setta torrent, increasing the volumes of drinking water purified from surface sources and thus reducing groundwater withdrawals from well fields in the plains. The analysis of past data on the water table levels in the Bolognese plain (average static levels of the 5 stations of Borgo, Tiro, S. Vitale, Mirandola, and Fossolo) and the monthly volumes taken from the water table, from 2002 to 2018, shows an increase in the water table level after 2010 and a substantial decrease in volumes withdrawn. In particular, the analysis shows that before 2010 the average static level was about -50 m below ground level, while from 2010 to 2018 the average is around -42/-43 m, with an average increase of 7-8 m. As regards the volumes before and after 2010, the difference is on average 531,000 m3 /month less water drawn from groundwater (6,370,000 m3 /year). It is therefore possible to estimate that about 50 million m3 less groundwater has been withdrawn in well over 8 years. This volume is equivalent to about 7 months of total production of the primary system. This is a decisive contribution from an environmental point of view of the circular economy of the water resource that benefits both the environment (reduction of subsidence) and the service (increase in groundwater storage).

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Basin and/or Contextual Conditions: PHYSICAL: Unsustainable land use
Project Benefits: Raised awareness of challenges among water users
Indirect or Direct Beneficiaries: Agricultural growers
Months & Implementing: 1-3 years
Primary Funding Source: Pool funding (i.e., joint funding of several partners)
Challenges: RESOURCES: Not enough participants

Project Narrative

A looming threat: Coffee rust Another problem faced by coffee monocultures is the so-called coffee rust Ð a disease. It is a fungus Ð officially called Hemileia vastatrix Ð that is already plaguing coffee farmers for more than a century. In 2012, there was another major outbreak in Latin America driving coffee prices to an all time high. When affected by the fungus, the coffee plantÕs leaves turn from green into a brown or yellow color. The shrub eventually loses its leaves and with them the ability to produce coffee beans. Unfortunately, coffee rust is also prevalent in all Brazil hampering coffee production. Monocultures are particularly vulnerable to it as the systems have no biological pest control, for example through other living organisms who fight the fungus. The only cure is expensive fungicides which have to be reapplied on a regular basis increasing the costs for the farmer.

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