The project

The LIFE VIMINE project (2013-2017) aimed to define and implement a novel integrated approach to the protection of salt marshes from erosion and to landscape management in the Venice Lagoon. The unique salt marsh habitats are rapidly disappearing from the Lagoon due to both natural processes and human impacts of various kinds (e.g., lagoon hydrodynamic alterations caused by the excavation of deep channels and modifications made to the lagoon inlets, low amount of sediments entering the lagoon, waves generated by motor boats and wind, fishing techniques resuspending sediments, etc.). In LIFE VIMINE we constructed micro low-impact soil-bioengineering works to protect few critical eroding spots on the salt marshes edges, to stop erosion before it got out of control, assigning a key role to the designmonitoring and regular maintenance phases of protection works. The core of LIFE VIMINE was the involvement of local communities and stakeholders, fundamental to ensure the long-term  sustainability of VIMINE’s activities beyond the end of the project through the deep bond of local communities to the lagoon and their knowledge of it. Our demonstrative project tested the efficacy of this approach in the northern Lagoon, in the area of the islands of Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello and of the Laghi wetland. 

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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...

Project results

LIFE VIMINE ended of the 1st September 2017. The results achieved during the project are summarized here. 

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...