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Rainwater harvesting at Kerakoll research centre

: Rainwater harvesting (reused for irrigation and bioclimatic cooling) and landscaping through the integrated open-water tank (IRIDRA, 2021).
: Italy
: Sassuolo (MO)
: 38.4 km²
: 40.813 (municipality population 2017)
: 2012
: No Data
: Completed
: Yes
: Kerakoll research centre
: 44.5552
: 10.8034
Increased provisioning of ecosystem goods (e.g. Food, water, etc)
Yes, the project increased provisioning of water for irrigation and bioclimatic cooling.
Increased infiltration, water retention and flood protection
Yes, bioretention system that allows water infiltration in the ground.
Sustainable urbanisation
Yes, through sustainable water reuse in the research centre and water- efficient landscaping . An open-water tank is used to harvest rainwater from the roof for irrigation, and bioclimatic cooling (IRIDRA, 2021).
Improved aesthetic value
Drought and heat risk
Investigations of mutation in the compound occurrence of drought and heat conditions have identified many hotspots of compound drought and extreme heat conditions in Europe. These include, among others, France, Benelux countries, Italy and Balkan Peninsula. Trend detection has shown that these areas were characterized by a rising trend in the compound occurrence of drought and heat extremes. (Bezak, Mikos, 2020).
Low aesthetic value
Good health and well-being (SDG3)
Sustainable cities and communities (SDG11)
Climate action, resilience, mitigation and adaptation (SDG13)
Yes, the installation of water saving devices, the reuse of treated grey water for toilet flushing, rain water harvesting and reuse for irrigation and bioclimatic cooling contribute to reduce the withdrawal of groundwater and protect the water resource.
Terrestrial biodiversity (SDG15)
: Bezak, N., Mikos, M. (2020). Changes in the Compound Drought and Extreme Heat Occurrence in the 1961–2018 Period at the European Scale. Water 2020, 12, 3543. Retrieved from:

IRIDRA (2021). Nature-based solutions - Sustainable water management. Information obtained: 2021-02-16. Available at: