the two Parks of Veneto and Emilia Romagna
This river-shaped protected area represents one of the most important wetland zones of the Mediterranean and Europe for its landscape, outstanding flora and fauna habitats and extraordinary biodiversity. Even if this zone can be considered a single territorial unit, it is ruled by two different Regional Administrations: Veneto and Emilia-Romagna with theirs two different Parks. Italy has a National law boosting Veneto and Emilia-Romagna Regions at the creation of one Interregional National Park of Delta Po area (art. 35 L 394/91). Both Regions are involved in the processes stated by the national law and they are going to select the options for the definition of the protected territory and the relative organizations (LR Veneto n. 36/97 e LR Emilia Romagna n. 27/88)
Project partner active in the area: Veneto Region – Arpa – Veneto Park – Emilia Romagna Park
Status: NATURA 2000
Location and size: Delta Po Area is located in Italy. It covers 70.500 hectares Veneto and Emilia-Romagna regions. It is shaped by the joint action of the branching river channels that flow into the Adriatic Sea and by the sea intrusion towards the land.
Issues / challenges:
- The protected area is located in a border territorial context where agricultural landscape prevails and most of the population lives in towns. Industry and manufacturing are underdeveloped; the declining of the Ravenna’s chemical industry and the changeover of the thermo-electrical plant in Porto Tolle to a coal-burning power plant are economic and social problems. Beach tourism plays a relevant role in the economy of coastal settlements, mainly in the Emilia-Romagna; on the other side the construction of hotels, holyday’s houses and beach facilities occupied and destroyed most of the coastal dunes. Furthermore, hunting and fishing represents a strong income factor and plays a crucial role in the preservation NATURA 2000 networks. In this territory, specific restrictions caused by the proximity of sensitive protected areas are often perceived by residents as an obstacle to development rather than growth opportunities: thus, the main challenge is to contribute at improve awareness of people and policymakers over the large benefits for the whole territory due to the existence of protected areas.
Envisaged Results in NATREG Project:
- The final objective of Veneto Region and ARPA Emilia-Romagna is to scale down the guidance contained in the Transnational strategy within the local policy framework, in order to develop a common Management Plan for the two Po Delta Parks shared by two regional administration of Veneto and Emilia-Romagna: this is an ambitious objective, that is configured within a proactive policy to create an Interregional Po Delta Park, a long-standing purpose supported by cultural, scientific and naturalistic associations.
Video: DELTA PO TOWARDS AN INTERREGIONAL GOVERNANCE
The Delta is the most outstanding part of the Po, the longest Italian river that crosses Padana flatland and stretches until Adriatic sea. The richness of water landscapes (lagoons, valleys and delta streams) is wide, while water shapes and transforms continuously the Delta. Its richness - in terms of beautiful landscapes, natural heritage, architectures and urban settlements, represents an opportunity for the two Italian regions that share this territory: a permanent interregional coordination of the Delta Po is a demanding tasks for Veneto and Emilia-Romagna regions, the two Italian player of NATREG project. The educational DVD on the interregional strategy for the Delta Po parks tells the story of this extraordinary area and the challenge towards an unique management of Delta Po river park.
See also videlo clip in Italian language: PROGETTO NATREG
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