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People’s Perception of Nature-Based Solutions for Flood Mitigation: The Case of Veneto Region (Italy)

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Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, University of Padova, Agripolis, Viale dell’Università 16, 35020 Legnaro, Italy
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Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Villavägen 16, 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
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Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, Uni Carl Vogt, 66 Boulevard Carl-Vogt, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland
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Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS), Uppsala University, Villavägen 16, 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
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Academic Editors: Alessandro Pagano, Elena López Gunn, Leon Kapetas and Beatriz Mayor
Sustainability 2022, 14(8), 4621; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084621
Received: 24 February 2022 / Revised: 8 April 2022 / Accepted: 11 April 2022 / Published: 12 April 2022
Floods have become more frequent due to a growing number of extreme rainfall events linked to climate change and increased urbanization. Additionally, 66% of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by 2050, making flood prevention and risk reduction increasingly important. Sustainability, resilience and ecosystem services are essential to increase human well-being in urban environments. Nature-based Solutions (NBS) can provide all the benefits of urban green spaces combined with flood mitigation. This work aims to provide useful information to promote the adoption of NBS to build communities resilient to climate change by exploring how people’s perception of and willingness to implement some NBS. To this end, an online survey was conducted to investigate the knowledge and the perception of NBS and grey infrastructures among people in Veneto, a north-Eastern region of Italy. Data analysis revealed a significant correlation between previous knowledge of water management systems and the perceived effectiveness of some NBS. Behaviors linked to the level of connection with the territory have also been found to influence the perceived effectiveness of NBS. This study provides insights into the dynamics behind the implementation of NBS to reduce the risk of urban flooding and can help policymakers adapt urban plans to promote the adoption of NBS. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban drainage system; blue-green infrastructures; urban greening urban drainage system; blue-green infrastructures; urban greening
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Bernello, G.; Mondino, E.; Bortolini, L. People’s Perception of Nature-Based Solutions for Flood Mitigation: The Case of Veneto Region (Italy). Sustainability 2022, 14, 4621. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084621

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Bernello G, Mondino E, Bortolini L. People’s Perception of Nature-Based Solutions for Flood Mitigation: The Case of Veneto Region (Italy). Sustainability. 2022; 14(8):4621. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084621

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Bernello, Giacomo, Elena Mondino, and Lucia Bortolini. 2022. "People’s Perception of Nature-Based Solutions for Flood Mitigation: The Case of Veneto Region (Italy)" Sustainability 14, no. 8: 4621. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084621

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