Improving river ecosystems with Nature Based Solutions

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    Mauro VanniMauro Vanni

    As consulting firm, we are currently supporting 2 italian networks of public and private organisations (50 municipalities, national and regional parks, NGO, universities,…), located in rural and mountain areas and engaged in rivers contracts, an innovative methodology for freshwater management based on the active participation of local actors widely applied in some Eu countries (France, Italy, Spain, Belgium,…).
    Starting from this experience, we intend to foster, share and consolidate NBS knowledge and its practical demonstration in generating multiple water-related benefits (water quantity, quality and risks simultaneously) for river ecosystems.
    NbS are fundamental for reaching the EU Green Deal objectives (including the target of reconnecting at least 25,000 km of rivers in Europe by 2030); delivering socio-economic benefits including biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation; and engaging economic sectors in restoration. Such solutions (rewetting, floodplain reconnection, reforestation to store carbon, natural water retention measures, riparian restoration, dam removal and reopening of old canals or rivers to increase resilience to heatwaves) should, therefore, be cost-effective while providing environmental, social and economic benefits, helping to build resilience and, at the same time, making use of multiple ecosystem services that they can bring.

    Sonia MerloSonia Merlo

    Dear Mauro,

    My name is Sonia Merlo, I’m project manager at Red Raion, an independent CGI studio specialised in media-based attractions and smart content for entertainment and culture. We are based in Sicily.. The mission of the company is to support institutions, museums, cultural centers, and tourism operators in choosing the most efficient immersive contents for their VR, XD and interactive attractions.

    Our expertise can be summarised as follows:

    – Development of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality applications for culture and tourism.
    – Production of CGI interactive content for any kind of hardware support and attraction.
    – Production of custom VR / 5D movies / Dome movies.
    – Development of top quality Video Games, Serious Games and Gamification applications.
    – Experience in project dissemination and exploitation.

    I have seen in the Interreg Euro-MED portal that you have published a partners’ search for the project you are developing on Improving river ecosystems with Nature Based Solutions, in which we would like to participate by bringing our expertise in the digitalisation of any form of cultural heritage – if foreseen in your project. You can see – for instance – one of the research projects we are carrying out with the cooperation of Italian Universities and Museums, AUGUSTUS (, in which we are developing an immersive serious game to explore historical and archaeological aspects of 4 UNESCO sites in Sicily.

    If you want to discuss any potential cooperation in the development of a project under this call for proposals or other similar opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact me at

    Kind Regards,

    Sonia Merlo

    Cveta DimitrovaCveta Dimitrova

    Dear Mauro,

    We, ABERON OOD., a private Bulgarian research and consulting company have expertise in biodiversity protection and ecosystem services assessment. We have worked with the JRC on evaluating the direct and indirect benefits from Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) for wastewater treatment in urban areas and for flood retention. We are familiar with the legal aspects in designing green corridors, regenerating depleted urban areas and building vertical gardens.

    A proposal under the above topic will require several aspects – urban planning (legislation), GIS, combatting pollution, social and economic benefits, why not clean energy production?

    Based on the above, feel free to contact me on in order to discuss potential cooperation.

    Bets regards,


    Cveta Dimitrova


    Dear Mauro,

    My name is Charalampos Vasileiadis and i am a representative of “ANATOLIKI S.A. The purpose of this message is to express our interest to participate in the new initiative that you are preparing. ANATOLIKI S.A. is an Organization for Local Development, established in 1995 and located in the Region of Central Macedonia, Greece. We are supporting the Municipalities of Eastern Thessaloniki’s Local Authorities in the implementation of activities related to sustainable development, addressing almost all the different sub-sectors of sustainability. We have successfully led and implemented many co-financed projects in the frame of the INTERREG Med, Europe and Adrion Programme, Erasmus+, LIFE and other Programmes of territorial cooperation. You can find more information about ANATOLIKI S.A. here:

    In the past we have successfully participated and led many projects related to the topic of water and we have the technical expertise to assist you in the preparation and successful submission and implementation of your new proposal.

    Please consider us a possible partner in case you are searching for a Greek Organization to join the partnership of your new proposal.

    Thank you in advance for your time.

    Kind Regards from Greece,

    Nuno CarvalhoNuno Carvalho


    I represent a Portuguese Municipality that is interested in joining a consortium like yours.
    If you are interested please contact me:

    Angelos ParmatziasAngelos Parmatzias

    We are interested in your project, please contact us

    C.I.P. Citizens In Power (CIP) is a non-profit, educational and research organization. CIP constitutes a leading organization in Cyprus in global education, social innovation, citizen engagement, entrepreneurship, STEM, IoT, AI, clean energy and sustainable growth. CIP has been running more than 70 EU-funded projects, including KA2 & KA3 actions, AMIF, ENI CBC Med, COSME and Horizon Europe.

    Contact us at

    Mauro VanniMauro Vanni

    Dear Charalampos Vasileiadis,
    I’m trying to contact you. Please write to


    Dear Ivo

    We are writing to you on behalf of the Association of Municipalities of Camp de Turia (Mancomunidad de Municipios del Camp de Turia), an association of 17 municipalities with more than 160.000 inhabitants in the Autonomous Community of Valencia on the east coast of Spain. They have experience in projects related to circular economy and sustainability and they are now in the process of commitment to the European Green Deal and the reduction of carbon footprint, so they would be really interested in a project like this. They also are signatories of the Mayor´s Pact which is an ambitious initiative to involve local authorities and citizens in reducing energy consumption, saving resources and upgrading the quality of life of citizens

    If you have the possibility of joining the consortium yet, please contact us at the following email:


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