The association was founded in 2015, after years of experience on the occasion of the “World Water Day”, event established by the United Nations. Its aim is to spread the safeguard of the hydrological resources, give the opportunity to anyone to actively participate with ideas and projects, and convey concepts of environmental care and sustainable tourism and lifestyle.
The association's objective is to enhance and protect water resources and to develop a diffuse environmental culture, which is open to local needs and wishes. The association wants to contribute to the growth of a network able to collect good practices and to promote studies and research in order to develop a debate that valorizes such important issues.
The association's activities are mainly directed at developing an environmental culture in the territory. In particular, "Paese dell'acqua" is dedicated to promoting and managing a series of environmental education projects for schools. The aim of these projects is to promote in children a mentality of responsible territorial management, in particular of the water resources present in it, starting from the contexts of life and relationships in which they live, and to encourage the new generations to develop a responsible, active and proactive attitude towards their own environmental and social context.
These activities were naturally combined with river monitoring, as a moment of knowledge and investigation of the area. It becomes an attempt to identify both the most environmentally valuable and the most degraded sections of our rivers, and is mainly aimed at a young audience.
River monitoring has been carried out by applying the Fluvial Functionality Index as a study method, which make s it possible to study the level of functionality of a water course through the description of the morphometric and biotic parameters of the ecosystem studied and to give a detailed knowledge of the river environment, without resorting to chemical physical analyses of the water. Recently, monitoring has been extended to include activities of riverbed cleaning, carried out with the help of the local community.