The Management of Coastal Lagoons: The Approach of the Venice Safeguard Project

by Francesco Bandarin, Univ Inst of Architecture, Venezia, Italy,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Management of Coastal Lagoons and Enclosed Bays


An overall design for the safeguarding of Venice from hydraulic risks and the re-establishment of the enviromental equilibrium of its Lagoon has been completed in 1992. The large number of studies, experimentations and projects developed allows the implementation of a complex mix of operations to defend the City of Venice from flooding and to revert the degradation trends currently affecting the Lagoon. At this stage of the safeguard process, a crucial role is attached to the implementation of an appropriate management system, able to focus the actions of the different public and private bodies involved in the process. This paper underscores the difficulties associated with this process, and the early results of a research and design effort aimed at the definition of the appropriate management system.

Subject Headings: Systems management | Coastal management | Lagoons | Safety | Project management | Hydraulic design | Ecosystems | Risk management | Italy | Europe

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