The project

The LIFE VIMINE project aims to define and implement an integrated approach to the protection of salt marshes from erosion and landscape management in the northern part of the Venice Lagoon. These unique habitats are rapidly disappearing due to both natural processes and human impacts of various kinds (eg. waves generated by motor boats and wind, lagoon hydrodynamic alterations caused by the excavation of deep canals, low amounts of sediments entering the lagoon with respect to those emitted from the lagoon to the sea, etc.). In LIFE VIMINE we realize micro low-impact bioengineering works to protect few critical eroding spots on the salt marshes borders, to stop erosion before it degenerates, assigning a key role to the design, monitoring, and maintenance phases of protection works. Besides this practical purpose, the most important value of LIFE VIMINE is the involvement of local communities and stakeholders in the project activities, to ensure their sustainability beyond the end of the project. Valuing the deep bond of local communities to the landscape and their knowledge of the territory and its dynamics, we expect to ensure a long-term future to the project and its approach.

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Issues

In the delicate context of the Venice Lagoon, the widespread process of erosion is a sign of hydrogeological and environmental degradation. Erosion results in a continuous retreat of salt marsh borders, associated with the loss of sediments transported by tidal currents to the sea. The surface of salt marshes continues to disappear, with significant...

Life Programme

LIFE VIMINE is a project funded by the European Union through the LIFE Programme. The project total budget amounts to € 2.024,295 of which the EU contribution is € 1.396,763.
The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation...

Goals and Activities

The project LIFE VIMINE has several goals, achieved through different activities. In this page, we describe: the concrete actions related to the soil bioengineering works construction and installation, and the principles on which such works are based; the field tests and research goals; the planning, monitoring, and maintenance activities and...

Expected outcomes

The expected outcomes of the project LIFE VIMINE are summarised below. Protection from erosion. Protection of salt marshes from erosion is accomplished through diffuse micro soil bioengineering works. The salt marshes targeted by the project are the most inner and confined salt marshes of the northern Lagoon of Venice...

Aim of the project

LIFE VIMINE aims to define and implement an integrated approach to the protection and management of salt marshes landscape in the northern part of the Venice lagoon. Salt marshes are a valuable habitat currently threatened by external pressures such as erosion, subsidence and sea level rise. Our approach gives primary ...

Project area

The best area for the application of soil-bioengineering works and for the creation of an active participatory process in the lagoon of Venice is represented by the Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello Islands, and Palude dei Laghi (Laghi wetland); the area is located between River Dese estuary, the group of islands that lie north...