Puntolaguna is a multimedia information point on activities to safeguard Venice and the lagoon delegated to the State, implemented by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport - Venice Water Authority through the Consorzio Venezia Nuova. At Puntolaguna, the material produced during the years of work has been gathered, organised by subject and prepared for consultation.
The centre is aimed at all those wanting information on the state of the lagoon ecosystem and past and current work to safeguard it.
For the last four years, Puntolaguna has also been organising educational workshops in Italian for primary and middle school pupils where, through games and interactive learning processes, the children can learn more about the Venice lagoon, the transformations taking place there over the centuries and what has and is being done to safeguard it.
Puntolaguna is located in Campo Santo Stefano, Venice, and is open every working day from 14.30 to 17.30 (tel. + 39.041.5293582) and mornings on appointment for presentations to groups and meetings with experts.
The Quaderni Trimestrali ("Quarterly Journals") provide constant and up-to-date information on the safeguarding activities implemented by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport - Venice Water Authority through the Consorzio Venezia Nuova.
Issued since 1993, they are of a mainly technical-scientific nature and organised into a section with articles by authoritative academics and experts; a section containing information on the interventions in the lagoon and the state of progress of the Mose high water protection system and a special section bringing together and publishing institutional documents on the safeguarding activities.
THE www.salve.it INTERNET SITE
The www.salve.it internet site (in Italian and English) is dedicated to explaining the programme of interventions to safeguard Venice and the lagoon implemented by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport - Venice Water Authority through the Consorzio Venezia Nuova. It offers a level of rapid consultation and search and a more in-depth level. It describes the lagoon ecosystem, the principal crisis elements and the vast programme of interventions being implemented during recent years in the lagoon and in towns and villages in the lagoon area.
MAGISTRATO ALLE ACQUE (MAV)
(VENICE WATER AUTHORITY)
The Venice Water Authority is a technical agency of the Ministry for Infrastructure and Transport with direct and primary responsibility for the safeguarding, security and hydraulic protection of a large area spread across a number of regions (Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy).
Founded in 1997 by Venice Town Council (52 percent share) together with Vesta (waste management). Enel.Hydro (electricity), Italgas (gas) and Telecom Italia (telephones), Insula's mission concerns urban maintenance and, more precisely, measures such as clearing canals of accumulated silt, restoration of canal walls, foundations and facades of buildings lining canals, restoring bridges, rationalisation of urban subsoil (utility lines and sewer system), maintenance and renovation of paving, raising of footpaths above the level of medium-high tides (local protection). Project integration and works coordination (all parties involved in the operations work side by side, not least the public utilities, who are Insula's partners) is therefore essential to this complicated process to minimise inconvenience, while also boosting the efficiency, in terms of economies of scale in such a delicate urban environment.