In many cities, rivers are seen more as an obstacle to urbanization than as spaces that could be privileged for the promotion of recreational activities and environmental education. Riparian forests are not respected and rivers become actual sewage drains in the open. Canalization and burial of rivers are serious forms of disrespect for the city's memory. The occupation of the valley bottoms and the waterproofing of the soil contribute to the formation of heat islands, to floods and public calamities. It is intended to discuss the city's relationship with its rivers, which in many cases are buried or in a state of extreme degradation. The debate includes reflections on the role of environmental law in defending the quality of fresh running water, basic sanitation, rivers and urban parks. The focus is on the recovery and renaturalization of rivers and the creation of linear parks in urban areas from a legal perspective.

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