The Venice Lagoon

Venice and its lagoon constitute a complex system of major historical, artistic and environmental interests that is currently passing through a delicate phase – in the quest for equilibrium between man’s needs and the restoration and conservation of the environmental system.
Such an equilibrium appears more difficult today due to the growing importance of anthropic factors, sometimes significant enough to induce global scale processes and bring about noticeably rapid changes to the environment. 

The lagoon system is composed of strongly interconnected components and does not fit with simplistic modelling exercises. 
Whoever thinks that Venice has been the subject of too many studies forgets that the functionality of its system is far from being fully described and understood in all its important details: “good common sense” is insufficient for solving complex problems, and only scientific rigour and progress can help sort things out.



The quest for new knowledge, moreover, should not be an easy excuse for postponing urgent decisions which should be based upon current understanding, now significantly better than a few decades ago: it is important that further investigation and scientific monitoring continue, incorporating changes brought about by implemented measures,  such that activities decided today can be enriched via the greater knowledge of tomorrow.
The role of scientific research for the preservation of Venice is thus anything but marginal or secondary; it is central and indispensable, like yeast is to flour: it must be respected in its autonomy and supported by adequate resources, in the interests of all, because Venice and its lagoon are the precious heritage of Humanity.