A new natural water retention area is ready at Gaesbecq! It is located on Ry Ternel, a tributary of the Sennette and is part of the Walloon Senne sub-basin.

Work began in March 2022 and was recently (January 2023) completed. This is the fourth water retention area in Wallonia constructed with the support of LIFE Belini. It joins those of Coeurcq (Tubize), Brancart (Braine-le-Château) and Cafenière (Soignies). With a storage capacity of 54,000 m³, its construction protects Ittre’s town centre from flooding. Moreover, a number of provisions for biodiversity and ecosystem services have been made in the area, such as ponds, river banks and planting.

This project is a collaboration between Ittre’s municipality, the Walloon Brabant province, the intercommunal inBW, SPW-DCENN, Contrat de Rivières Senne and the European Union through the LIFE Belini project.