Research for safeguarding of Venice and the lagoon

CORILA has managed the national funds for the safeguarding of Venice specifically dedicated to scientific research, by coordinating interdisciplinary research programmes.  
CORILA, on behalf of the Venice Water Authority, is carrying out the monitoring activities regarding the impacts of the MOSE (the Mobile Barriers System)’s worksites on the environment and on the economic sectors that could be potentially affected by the construction of the infrastructure. It also develops research programmes in collaboration with the Veneto Region, the Venice Water Authority, and other public administrations.
The activities carried out by CORILA aim at obtaining sound and recognizable results for the advancement of knowledge and for answering to questions related to the safeguarding of the city and the lagoon.
CORILA coordinates the development of research in order to ensure an effective interdisciplinary scientific exchange. 



Research Programmes  

CORILA’s Research Programmes are part of the activities promoted by the Special Laws for Venice and are based on conventions and agreements with the Venice Water Authority and the Veneto Region.
The First and Second Research Programmes cover four Thematic Areas (Economics and Social Aspects, Architecture and  Cultural Heritage, Environmental Processes, Data Management) which are divided in different Research Topics.   
The first three Thematic Areas are assigned to research groups through competitive calls for proposals. The selection process tends to exploit the best local scientific resources, but also to enhance their capacity to collaborate with international scientific organizations, businesses, public entities and administrations. 
The First and the Second Research Programmes were implemented respectively during the periods 2001-2003 and 2004-2006. The Research Programme with the Water Authority was carried out from 2009 to 2011. The Research Programme with the Veneto Region is on-going. 






The programming and the execution of the monitoring plan has been assigned by the Water Authority to CORILA as it represents a third party, independent from both the Ministry of Infrastructures and the concessionaire that executes the MOSE works. For the implementation of the monitoring Plan CORILA has made use of the most updated instruments and knowledge coming from the research activities carried out in the lagoon and has involved 11 prestigious national research institutions. 
The monitoring plan has a twofold objective:
- to give prompt feedbacks regarding the preservation of the foreseen level of environmental impacts of the works, in order to allow the adoption of appropriate countermeasures;
- to provide objective information in order to acknowledge and demonstrate the effective incidences of the construction activities on the environment and to plan and manage related mitigation/compensation measures, considering also the variability of the environment (and the economic) context and distinguishing the different origins of the phenomena.