What is the project about
Venice and its Lagoon (UNESCO's World Heritage) with their delicate ecosystem, are attacked everyday by a huge amount of garbage that enhances environmental damage.
Legambiente Venezia and Ispra Chioggia (the local branch of The Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) have planned and carried out, in the framework of DeFishGear European project, the first monitoring activity of floating litter in Venice's canals, “Don't Waste Venice” aimed at gathering as many information as possible on the kind of litter and debris found.
Our goal now is to repeat the activities of “Don't Waste Venice”, enlarging the area from the city to the islands of the lagoon, on what is now the Northern Lagoon Regional Park (recently created by Venice's municipality).
The main aim of the activity though is to start collecting and disposing of floating garbage, as well as sinked and stranded waste within the internal areas of the lagoon, through national and international volunteering activities, involving citizens and tourists and disseminating good practices towards a collective responsibility.
Action 1 #MapTheWaste
Registration and mapping of the waste in the city and the main canals of the lagoon and the minor islands. The sampling and research will be carried out through two data collecting campaigns from May to November 2016.
Monitoring will take place both by water, with a typical venetian boat (Topetta), as well as by land, where possible, and will be done together with an information campaign aimed at involving citizens and tourists, organised by Legambiente Venice's local and international volunteers.
Action 2 #CleanUpVenice
Clean-up volunteering days on the most sensible areas mapped through the research activities.
The monitoring carried out during the first phase of the project will allow the association to have a more clear panorama on the kind of waste to be found. The activities already done in 2015 have given us a preview of the situation, showing how most of the floating waste is composed of plastic (mostly bottles and packaging), as well as aluminium cans, wood, rubber pneumatics, cigarette butts, etc.
On land on the islands the task becomes harder, since we will most likely find stranded bulky domestic waste (refrigerators, ovens, mattresses, sofas, irons, etc.).
In both cases, all recyclables will be collected separately and therefore disposed adequately.
For navigation we will use Legambiente Venice's and other local associations' traditional boats. These activities will take place in specific “call-to-action” days, within workcamps as well as special international campaigns such as “Clean Up the World” or the European Week for Waste Reduction.
Action 3 #Islands4All
Activities aimed to the environmental and social restoration of four minor islands of Venice's lagoon.
After having collected all found waste, the next step will be an environmental restoration activity. In this case we will also use traditional and non-mechanical methods (in which Legambiente has a very wide experience acquired throughout the years) and with the help and participation of citizens and the association's volunteers the invasive vegetation present on the four islands of San Secondo, Sant'Andrea, San Giacomo in Paludo and Isola dei Laghi will be removed.
To complete these activities citizens and tourists will be invited to visit and enjoy the islands, and in order to make the islands more appealing pic-nic tables, garden chairs, garbage cans and other commodities will be installed. All of the garden furniture will be created by the volunteers themselves, according to the “Art in Nature” principles. Each piece of art will be created with completely bio-degradable and local materials, will have a limited and circular life span, expressing itself spontaneously to later go back to its Natural cycle as seasons go by.
The cleaning and restoration activities will take place through the organisation of different volunteering activities:
- 4 workcamps: National and international workcamps, each lasting 15 days, from May to September 2016.
- International Youth Day, on aAugust 12th 2016.
- #CleanUpVenice, four specific dates on which citizenship will be called to participate actively in cleaning and restoration activities. Dates will be distributed throughout the whole duration of the project, from June to November 2016.
- Clean Up the World, on September's last weekend. During this international campaign, schools in the city will be invited to participate to cleaning activities in Venice.
- Clean Up the Med, next to last weekend in May. During this campaign an extraordinary activity to clean up Venice's seabed will be organised.
How will we invest your contribution
The contribution collected through this crowdfunding campaign will be used to acquire the necessary tools for the activities (such as nets, gloves and garbage bags); to cover the scientific elaboration of collected data; to provide maintenance to our wooden boats as well as to cover the fuel expenses for the activities; to organise the planned workcamps and provide hospitality to volunteers; to prepare and carry out #CleanUpVenice volunteering days; to create communication and promotion material and gadgets; to produce the final dossier of Don't Waste Venice!
Venice's clean canals are a precious goal. Together we can achieve it!
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Legambiente is a non-profit environmental organisation borned in 1980. Important values for the association are the improvement of environmental quality, the fight against all forms of pollution, a wise use of natural resources, the construction of a more balanced relationship between human beings and the natureOur hallmark is the scientific environmentalism. In Venice we organise volunteering campaigns and WORKCAMPS since 2005, promoting summer-camps in the protected areas.