Veneto Region – “Progetto Venezia” Departement


Veneto is the largest and most populated region in north-eastern Italy (18,000 square kilometres and just under four and a half million inhabitants). It is subdivided into seven provinces: Venice (the chief town), Belluno, Padova, Rovigo, Treviso, Verona and Vicenza. You can go from the sea to the mountains in just over a hundred kilometres. Geographically speaking, Veneto actually includes the eastern part of the Dolomites and a part of the Carnic Alps; a half of the regional area is covered by flat land, while the coasts are sandy and rich in lagoons. The eastern shore of Lago di Garda, the largest lake in Italy is venetian.
The natural environments in Veneto, although concentrated mainly in the hilly and mountainous territories, are represented by the Colli Euganei Regional Park (Padova), the Po Delta (Rovigo) and the River Sile (Padova and Venezia), besides various Regional Natural Reserves and, obviously, the Venezia Lagoon.
For some decades now, agriculture has no longer been in first place under economic activity: the sectors of industry and the services have expanded considerably. As regards industry and crafts the entire sector is characterised by the presence of numerous small and medium-sized companies spread over the whole regional area, giving life to a "model" that has enabled Veneto, only in the last few years, to become the true "economic driving-force" in Italy, with a level of unemployment just over 5%

Worth mentioning is tourism: the average number of tourists has managed to reach a figure of almost 60 million, of which there are more than 35 million foreigners, especially in the seaside resorts such as Jesolo, Caorle, Eraclea and in the spa areas of Abano and Montegrotto by lago di Garda. In the summer and winter there is a considerable stream of tourists in the mountain region, above all in Cortina d'Ampezzo. Not to be forgotten is the artistic heritage of Veneto: the architectural jewels and the museums of Venice, the Palladian buildings of Vicenza and the venetian villas found in all the provinces and the Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance structures of Verona. However, monuments and art treasures can also be found in the smaller centres.
Just as famous is the work of cultural societies and institutions, such as the Biennale and the Fenice in Venice, the Arena in Verona and many more. A role of equal importance has developed from the venetian universities, among which Padova boasts centuries of tradition and prestige in the scientific field.
The presence of research centres and the Scientific and technological Park helps the development of innovative manufacturing sectors. for ex., of a “Knowledge District”.


Progetto Venezia” is a regional administration bureau, part of the Infrastructures Secretariat. The department manages national funds from Venice Safeguard laws (about 750 millions Euros), assuring the implementation of safeguarding measures given by the Veneto Region’s General Plan for the Venice Lagoon and its territory.
Management of funds from the Venice Safeguard Laws, is the priority of the “Progetto Venezia” Department, aiming at progressive changes from a bad environmental condition to a good ecological status in the Lagoon and its basin.
Venice’s lagoon is a basic geographical and environmental element. We have to interpret it as a resource and protect its ecosystems and socioeconomic functions also with moving defensive works against coastal erosion (MOSE system).
The location of Porto Marghera in an important logistics network, in the middle of a relevant productive context and in Venice’s lagoon, determines the industrial, port and inter-modal inclination.
Safety measures, the isolation of the contaminated sites, the excavation of shipways, the remediation of soil and water are absolutely necessary to assure the new uses and reconversion of the areas within industrial site of Porto Marghera: these are the topics covered by the department.

Staff is composed of about 25 persons, graduated in engineering, biology, geology, agronomy, economy, etc. Other departments of the secretariat could cooperate, thus developing a multisectorial/multidisciplinary group.
“Progetto Venezia” is a new department, but some of the staff members come from other regional structures and have already taken part in international programs, such as INTERREG ITALIA SLOVENIA, ITALIA AUSTRIA, CADSES, ALPINE SPACE.

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