About CO

Who are we?
A COmmunity of citizens and specialists for protection against floods.


The objectives of the CO – Citizens’ Observatory on Floods in the Brenta – Bacchiglione area of Veneto are the monitoring of the hydraulic network, the communication of flood risks and the dissemination of the topics of safety and self-protection from flood events.

Where does the CO – Citizens’ Observatory on Floods fit in?
The CO works in close coordination with the Regional Civil Protection, with which it collaborates, contributing to integrating knowledge on the territory before, during and after the flooding events and to which it makes absolute reference for all activities.
It acquires, in fact, in real time, very useful data to know particular and super local conditions of the territory when flooding events occur, thus allowing to integrate and consolidate the data coming from the stations of the institutional meteorological network.
The CO is therefore a tool that helps the Civil Protection in its institutional tasks and does not replace it in any of its functions.

In this role, the COmmunity via COapp sends alerts from the territory and receives notifications useful for the protection of people and property exposed to possible flood risks.

The CO was financed by the Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition, was created and managed by the technicians of the Eastern Alps District Basin Authority, together with the Civil Protection of the Veneto Region and involves citizens, administrations and stakeholders.

Furthermore, the CO – Citizens’ Observatory on Floods in the Brenta – Bacchiglione area of Veneto includes among its objectives the important task of disseminating the themes of safety and self-protection against flooding events. It is indeed very important that we all speak the same language in order to be ready to understand what might happen and what to do.

The CO – Citizens’ Observatory on Floods in the Brenta – Bacchiglione area of Veneto therefore deals with:

  • involving citizens in the implementation of flood risk preparedness measures
  • developing skills and improving the perception of specific risk in the population for an informed response to flood risk
  • guiding access to and use of information and communication technologies which are useful in flooding and environmental monitoring.


Citizen science was born more than 100 years ago: the Audubon Society, an American environmental organisation, tells us that in 1900 the ornithologist Frank M. Chapman established the ‘Christmas Bird Census’, a census under which hunters and citizens would count the birds they saw on Christmas Day instead of shooting them down, as had long been the tradition.

Since June 2014, the Oxford English dictionary has defined citizen science: “the collection and analysis of data related to the natural world by a public, taking part in a collaborative project with professional scientists”.

Citizens thus create knowledge together with science as ‘non-professionals’ thanks to the systematic, continuous, timely collection of a large amount of data that are used by specialists in the field.


To date, the Citizens’ Observatory on Floods is active in the UOM (Unit of Management) Brenta – Bacchiglione area of Veneto, but it is expected to be launched in stages also in the remaining 8 UOM: Adige, Isonzo, Livenza, Piave, Tagliamento, Regionale Veneto , Regionale Friuli Venezia Giulia ,Interregionale  Lemene .

The CO – Citizens’ Observatory on Floods of the Brenta – Bacchiglione area of Veneto actively involves a potential total of about 1,300,000 people in the territory of the following municipalities:



Arsiè, Lamon


Abano Terme, Albignasego, Anguillara Veneta, Arre, Arzergrande, Baone, Battaglia Terme, Borgoricco, Bovolenta, Brugine, Cadoneghe, Campo San Martino, Campodarsego, Campodoro, Camposampiero, Candiana, Carceri, Cartura, Casalserugo, Cervarese Santa Croce, Cinto Euganeo, Codevigo, Conselve, Correzzola, Curtarolo, Due Carrare, Este, Fontaniva, Grantorto, Granze, Legnaro, Limena, Loreggia, Lozzo Atestino, Masera’ di Padova, Mestrino, Monselice, Montegrotto Terme, Noventa Padovana, Padova, Pernumia, Piacenza d’Adige, Piazzola sul Brenta, Piove di Sacco, Polverara, Ponso, Ponte San Nicolo’, Pontelongo, Pozzonovo, Rovolon, Rubano, Saccolongo, San Giorgio delle Pertiche, San Giorgio in Bosco, San Pietro in Gu’, Sant’Elena, Sant’Urbano, Santa Giustina in Colle, Saonara, Selvazzano Dentro, Solesino, Stanghella, Teolo, Terrassa Padovana, Torreglia, Tribano, Veggiano, Vescovana, Vighizzolo d’Este, Vigodarzere, Vigonza, Villa del Conte, Villa Estense, Vo’.


Castelfranco Veneto, Resana, Riese Pio X.


Campolongo Maggiore, Cavarzere, Chioggia, Cona, Fossò, Vigonovo


Agugliaro, Albettone, Altavilla Vicentina, Arcugnano, Asiago, Barbarano Mossano, Bassano del Grappa, Bolzano Vicentino, Caldogno, Camisano Vicentino, Cartigliano, Castegnero, Dueville, Enego, Foza, Grisignano di Zocco, Grumolo delle Abbadesse, Longare, Montegalda, Montegaldella, Monticello Conte Otto, Nanto, Noventa Vicentina, Pove del Grappa, Quinto Vicentino, Recoaro Terme, Schio, Solagna, Tezze sul Brenta, Torri di Quartesolo, Valbrenta, Vicenza, Villaverla.


Cologna Veneta, Terrazzo.