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The Provveditorato Interregionale alle Opere Pubbliche per il Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia (Provveditorato; former Venice Water Authority – MAV), is a technical agency of the Ministry for Infrastructure and Transport with direct and primary responsibility for the safeguarding, security and hydraulic protection of a large landscape spread across a number of Italian regions (Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy).
The Provveditorato, via Consorzio Venezia Nuova, that is the only State concessionary in Venice, deals with implementing activities and carries out measures to restore and protects the Venetian lagoon habitat, secures polluted sites, defends and reinforces the entire Venice coastline and jetties at the lagoon inlets and locally defends built up areas in the lagoon from the most frequent floods (high tides).
The safeguarding activities delegated to the State and still underway take the form of individual intervention involving final designs, based on interconnected lines of action, established in the General Plan of Interventions, referring to law n. 139/92 and regularly updated.
The main lines of action are:
- Defence from high waters through the MOSE System (mobile barriers) at the lagoon inlets, raising and reinforcement of quaysides and paving;
- Defence from sea stormsthrough reconstruction of new beaches, nourishment and protection of eroding beaches, naturalisation of dune systems, restructuring and reinforcement of jetties;
- Environmental defense trough dredging of lagoon channels, reconstruction of salt marshes, protection of eroding salt marches, morphological restoration of minor islands,securing of former dumps, removal of polluted sediments from industrial canals, sealing and reinforcing of the banks of industrial canals.
The heart of this important environmental programme is the Mose System mobile barriers, commenced in 2003, that will definitively secure Venice and the entire lagoon area from all high waters.
All interventions are at an advanced state of completion and represent a major environmental defence, restoration and management programme in Italy, not just in terms of the overall quantities, but also of the know-how acquired in the safeguarding field and in the management of complex ecosystems.
The Provveditorato will be in charge of administrative procedures such as authorizations and permits in the framework of project activities; it will also promote the exchange of environmental datasets on the Lagoon of Venice within the project, and will take part in some participatory activities (e.g. meetings with stakeholders). The Provveditorato has been involved in the project given its key stakeholder role in the Lagoon of Venice; indeed, LIFE VIMINE aims to demonstrate the usefulness, cost-efficiency and sustainability of an integrated participated approach against erosion, consequently institutions managing the lagoon have been directly involved in the project so that they can evaluate the effectiveness of such an approach to adopt it after the end of LIFE VIMINE. Based on this long-term view of the use of the findings of LIFE VIMINE, the Provveditorato will directly carry out some activities of salt marsh maintenance through low-impact soil bioengineering techniques by hiring temporary local workers, to experience directly this kind of protection activities.
Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti
Provveditorato Interregionale per le Opere Pubbliche
Veneto –Trentino Alto Adige - Friuli Venezia Giulia
San Polo 19
Maria Adelaide Zito