About the Project - SeCure

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Saltwater intrusion and climate change: monitoring, countermeasures and informed governance






€ 599.675


2.1 Improve the climate change monitoring and planning of adaptation measures tackling specific effects, in the cooperation area


SeCure - University of Padua – Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (UNIPD)


  • General public
  • Local, regional and national public authorities and related entities
  • Education and training centers
  • Universities and research institutes

The standard Projects MoST, Asteris, and Change We Care developed within the Interreg V-A IT-HR (MAC  IT-HR in the following) allowed significant advances both in i) the characterization of the process of saltwater intrusion under the effects of climate change in the Adriatic low-lying coastal areas of Italy and Croatia and ii) proposing best practices for facing this scourge. Specifically, the monitoring networks established by these three Projects helped to design and realize countermeasures aimed at mitigating the salinization of farmland soils and water bodies, thus enhancing agricultural productivity. In addition, from the gained experiences, specific guidelines were developed by each of the three projects at the local scale considered in each pilot site.

SeCure, which is allocated in the Cluster Adaptation to climate changes "governance and capacity building", is aimed to maximize i) the main outcomes and the experiences developed in MAC IT-HR projects, ii) synergies between the projects to enhance visibility and transferability, fully exploit and consolidate the results achieved so far, and increase the knowledge base on the saltwater contamination of the northern Adriatic coastlands in preparation for the next programming period, in particular Specific objective 2.4.

First, SeCure will allow to extend to one more year the monitoring activities of the three joint projects giving the opportunity to use a longer time window for improving the characterization of the saltwater intrusion, which is subject to a wide range of natural forcing conditions and climate change. Second, SeCure will take advantage of one more year of monitoring to assess the effectiveness of the realized countermeasures in terms of water quality and agricultural productivity. Third, comparison and integration of the different experiences coming from MAC IT-HR PPs will allow to upscale the guidelines previously developed at local scale to the more general and wider view point of the entire Adriatic basin focusing on lowlying coastal farmlands.




University of Padua – Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (UNIPD)


Padua - Italy


The Department follows traditional methods for training technicians for expertise in the fields of transports, hydraulics and civil architecture. The Department came into being in the early 17th century and nowadays aims at being one of the leading institutions in Italy for research in the fields of civil, construction and environmental engineering, with particular focus also on interdisciplinary aspects and the applications of these disciplines.

Contact person: Paolo Salandin

e-mail: paolo.salandin@unipd.it


National Research Council - Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources (CNR-IGG)


The Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources (IGG), is an institute of National Research Council of Italy (CNR), and it is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the Geosciences, including application-oriented approaches. IGG deals with the conservation, management and sustainable use of geological and natural resources, with the estimate, monitoring and reduction of geological and environmental hazards and with the estimate and mitigation of the risks induced by global change.

Contact person: Luigi Tosi

E-mail: luigi.tosi@igg.cnr.it


Regione Veneto - Soil and Coast Defence Directorate (REGVEN)


The Soil and Coast Defence Directorate, on behalf of the Veneto Region, is a public territorial division, which bears institutional responsibility for the preservation and protection of the territory, and it is structured in four offices with expertise in the following areas: hydrogeology, geological service and extractive activities, commission activities and soil defence programming. About 56 staff are in charge, engineers, geologists, economists, lawyers, surveyors, and accountants.

Contact person: Valentina Bassan

E-mail: valentina.bassan@regione.veneto.it


University of Split - Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy


UNIST-FGAG is higher education and research institution with experience in national, transnational, international and cross-border projects implementation, dedicated to fundamental and applied research. The institution is highly experienced in environmental sciences and particularly in environmental monitoring and modelling of water resources in the coastal areas. UNIST-FGAG has 22 departments, 11 laboratories and a total of 160 employees.

Contact person: Veljko Srzić

E-mail: veljko.srzic@gradst.hr


Regional Development Agency of Dubrovnik Neretva Region - DUNEA


The Regional Development Agency Dubrovnik-Neretva County DUNEA is public body and it was founded at the initiative of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Its basic role is to achieve sustainable development of the County as well as to improve and coordinate existing development activities in accordance with the needs of the Region, national requirements, and requirements of the European Union in order to plan the future economic development with bordering regions.

Contact person: Petar Maleta

E-mail: pmaleta@dunea.hr 


Public Institution for the Management of Protected Natural Areas of Dubrovnik-Neretva County


Public Institution for Management of Protected Natural Areas of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (PIDNC) was founded in 2004 in accordance with Nature Protection Law. It manages protected areas of nature and Natura 2000 sites within Dubrovnik-Neretva County (106 sites). The PIDNC activities are protection, maintenance, and promotion of protected natural areas with aim of preserving nature’s origin, ensuring the undisturbed progress of natural processes and sustainable use of natural resources.

Contact person: Ana Tutavac

E-mail: atutavac@zastita-prirode-dnz.hr


Croatian Waters (CW)


Hrvatske Vode (Croatian Waters) is a legal entity for water management of rivers, lakes, coastal and transitional waters, as well as underground water. Its main tasks are flood protection, water protection and all activities that are included within the River Basin Management Plans. Hrvatske vode traditionally manage water resources and, as the leading national institution, are responsible for all aspects of water management in Croatia.

Contact person: Stjepan Kamber 

E-mail: stjepan.kamber@voda.hr 


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In this section you can find all the deliverables produced by SECURE

2.1.1 Kick off conference

PUBLISHED ON 09/01/2024
PDF (19.74 Mb)

2.2.7 Articles in (international) on-line magazines on SeCure outcomes [plus 4 scientific papers]

PUBLISHED ON 26/09/2023
PDF (4.57 Mb)

2.1.2 Documentation related to visit tours carried out

PUBLISHED ON 10/01/2024
PDF (6.28 Mb)

2.1.4 Participation in events

PUBLISHED ON 26/09/2023
PDF (3.03 Mb)

2.3.4 App for the real time monitoring

PUBLISHED ON 23/11/2023
PDF (3.74 Mb)

D2.2.8 Journalist on-site visits

PUBLISHED ON 23/11/2023
PDF (1.5 Mb)

2.2.6 Press releases

PUBLISHED ON 09/01/2024
PDF (2.45 Mb)

2.2.5 Promotional material for schools

PUBLISHED ON 05/01/2024
PDF (3.15 Mb)

2.1.3 Final high level event

PUBLISHED ON 05/01/2024
PDF (4.1 Mb)

D3.3.3 Study visit reports: field surveys to the project pilot site

PUBLISHED ON 09/01/2024
PDF (3.49 Mb)

D3.3.4  Thematic seminar on coastal salinization issues and adaptation state of the art 

PUBLISHED ON 09/01/2024
PDF (1.97 Mb)

3.1.2 Technical report on the investigation on climate change (it)

PUBLISHED ON 26/09/2023
PDF (3.93 Mb)

3.1.3 Technical report on the investigation on climate change (CRO side)

PUBLISHED ON 09/01/2024
PDF (4.61 Mb)

3.1.1 Explotation plan

PUBLISHED ON 11/01/2024
PDF (3.29 Mb)



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