, Volume 550, Issue 1, pp 251–269 | Cite as

Integrated coastal management in the Venice lagoon and its watershed

  • Daniel Suman
  • Stefano GuerzoniEmail author
  • Emanuela Molinaroli
Opinion Paper


The Venice Lagoon (VL) is a complex ecosystem in which public participation and area-based management has often been neglected by administrative bodies involved in the planning of coastal projects and public works. In this area, the analysis of the local situation highlighted a substantial absence of coordination among the various administrative bodies in charge of planning and management at various governmental levels and in different regulated economic sectors. This paper analyses public participation and collaboration with reference to the Integrated Coastal Management context (ICM). The paper examines specific requirements, constraints, and opportunities for the complex case of the VL where participatory management and institutional coordination need enhancement.


Venice Lagoon ecosystem-based management sectoral activities integrated coastal management sustainability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Suman
    • 1
  • Stefano Guerzoni
    • 2
    Email author
  • Emanuela Molinaroli
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Marine Affairs and PolicyRSMAS, University of MiamiMiamiUSA
  2. 2.CNR – Istituto di Scienze MarineVeneziaItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Scienze AmbientaliUniversità Ca’ Foscari VeneziaVeneziaItaly

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