The University of Venice joins forces with the MIMS for Spatial Planning of the Sea in Italy

Spatial Planning of the Sea

The opening conference of the national public consultation for the Italian Maritime Spatial Plans took place last weekend at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility (MIMS) – the competent Italian authority for implementing the European Maritime Spatial Planning Directive.

The event, attended by Minister Enrico Giovannini, Admiral Chief Inspector Nicola Carlone, Deputy Chief of Staff Maria Teresa Di Matteo and Department Head Mauro Bonaretti, included a series of contributions moderated by Admiral Massimo Seno.

Aiming at cultural and economic growth of Italy

Minister Enrico Giovannini opened the debate by pointing out that ‘the launch of the public consultation on such an important issue for Italy will allow assessing the needs of all territories to plan shared and effective actions.

Plans are an essential tool for planning for sustainable development of a maritime economy leading to a positive impact on the socio-economic evolution of the country and environmentally friendly.’

Francesco Musco, Director of Research at Università Iuav di Venezia, commented:

Iuav has been developing methods, techniques and tools to design the new Maritime Spatial Planning in Europe since its introduction in 2014, becoming a reference point for research and higher education in this field. Moreover, we also hosted the first Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree in Maritime Spatial Planning – which has trained around 100 sea planners in five years – in addition to continuing dedicated teaching in the Master’s degree in Planning and urban design.’

Supporting the design of the sea plans for Italy and the Mediterranean is a very gratifying and rewarding achievement for Iuav scientific research and third mission, aimed at the cultural and economic growth of the country,’ emphasised Benno Albrecht, Rector of Università Iuav di Venezia.

More about the Spatial Planning

During the presentation, Pierpaolo Campostrini, Director of Corila, explained the cross-border dimension of planning; Francesco Musco (Iuav) addressed the topic of sustainable development and the role of landscape and land-sea interactions within the plan; Andrea Barbanti, research manager at CNR-Ismar, presented the structure and functioning of the plans.

Members of Iuav working group that is currently overseeing the implementation of the Spatial Planning of the Sea, coordinated by Francesco Musco, include the following professors and researchers: Daniele Brigolin, Folco Soffietti, Fabio Carella, Denis Maragno, Martina Bocci, Micol Roversi Monaco, Maddalena Bassani, and Giuseppe Piperata.

The consultation on the Italian maritime spatial plans remains open until the end of October 2022. Stakeholders from the maritime socio-economic context can access the plan documents on the MIMS website.

The consultation is available at