The activity of reclamation, in the broadest sense, is not the draining of swamps, but it focuses on actions to protect and preserve the land.

    The Serpieri Law of 1933 (Law no. 215 of 13 February, 1933), still in force today, defines the term reclamation as the requalification of a depressed area, regardless of marshy land: “Integral reclamation is carried out for purposes of public interest, through land reclamation and improvement work. Reclamation works are those that are carried out on the basis of a general plan of works and coordinated activities, with significant hygienic, demographic, economic or social advantages, in areas where there are lakes, ponds, swamps and marshy lands, or consisting of mountain lands that are uneven with regard to hydrogeology and forestry, or land that is extensively used for serious physical and social causes and, after removing these causes, are susceptible to radical transformation linked to production. Land improvement works are those carried out for the benefit of one or more plots, regardless of a general reclamation plan. Precisely on the basis of articles 54 and 76 of the same consolidated law, reclamation consortia and land improvement consortia were established.

    The Consortium’s main goal is the socio-economic development of the Baraggia territory, which can be achieved through the activities defined in the Statute:

    • Protecting and safeguarding the environment as an ecosystem, protecting the land through reclamation work, water regulation, protection of banks and cleaning of water courses.

    • Development and rational use of water resources for civil, hydroelectric and irrigation use through:
      1. restructuring of the primary canals: Canale Fiat, Canale del Pallone, the Rogge Comunale and Marchionale di Gattinara;
      2. construction of artificial reservoirs on the Ostola, Ingagna and Ravasanella torrents, strategic and major works for the supply and control of water resources and their planned use in agriculture, not only for the benefit of current generations but also of future ones.
    • Irrigation and land reorganization of the fragmented ownerships, with the restoration of the land, in order to make the territory of Baraggia arable, making it suitable for development and agricultural mechanisation.

    • Construction of infrastructures for minor roads, power lines and aqueducts for civil use, but also infrastructures for rural use, which allow the supply of electricity to farms and the availability of water for irrigation.

    • Enhancement of agricultural economic production involving the Consortium, by:
      1. the DOP Riso di Baraggia Biellese e Vercellese (PDO rice), recognised by the Commission of the European Communities with EC regulation no. 982/2007;
      2. the creation of the Caresanablot Exhibition Centre;
      3. the restoration of the Buronzo Castle, the heart of Baraggia and official headquarters of the Consortium for the Protection of the DOP Riso di Baraggia Biellese e Vercellese (PDO Rice).

    Ingagna dam
    Riserva della Baraggia
    "Riso di Baraggia Biellese e Vercellese DOP" production

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    The Reclamation Consortium is a public utility company that operates in the Baraggia Biella and Vercelli area, in Piedmont, to facilitate its growth and competitiveness...

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