It takes an active approach in comparing standard planning techniques and instruments with the new tools and methods of remote sensing, negotiated planning and integrated local action, as it does with analytical methods for the interpretation of local contexts, evaluative criteria, and decision-making methods. IUAV University is the coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Maritime Spatial Planning, with the University of Seville and of the Azores, launched in 2012. The Master is supported by a MSP Consortium ( Moreover, IUAV is the administrative seat for the PhD programme in “Regional Planning and Public Policy”, of the PhD in “New Technologies and Information for Territory and Environment”, and institutional partner of other National and International PhD programmes such as the PhD in “Analysis and Governance for Sustainable Development”. The Faculty is partner in the Italian network of European level I Master programmes “Inter- Mediterranean Mediations: Investments and Integration (MIM)”.
Description of Personnel Involved in the Project

muscoFrancesco Musco

Architect and urban planner, PhD in Analysis and Governance of Sustainable Development (Ca’ Foscari, Venice), lecturer and permanent researcher in Urban and Regional Planning at the Faculty of Planning, University Iuav of Venice. Currently teaches “Environmental Planning”, “Cities and Climate Change: methods, policies and tools” and “Sustainable territorial design”.  Member of the academic boards of the European Master in Planning and policies for the City, Environment and Landscape ( and of PhD program in “Planning and public policies for the territory”. He is charted urban planner member of the architects, planners and landscapers board of Venice. From 2013 he coordinates (with E. Gissi) the EU Erasmus Mundus Master on MSP Maritime Spatial Planning, in collaboration with University of the Azores, University of Seville, Unesco (IOC), Corila. He collaborates with several public and private bodies to define environmental (including energy) and local development policies. On behalf of Veneto Region he has been scientific coordinator of projects within the European territorial cooperation, “Natreg - Developing with Nature” (South East Europe Program) (2009-2011) and at the moment coordinates “UHI Development and application of mitigation and adaptation strategies and measures for counteracting the global Urban Heat Islands phenomenon in climate change scenario” (Central Europe Program) (2011-2014); he is also scientific responsible of the international cooperation program “Sustainable development and new asset of territorial planning in the wetland area Humedal de Mantequilla”, supported by Veneto Region and UNDP/ART. Currently he is coordinating a comparative research on Sustainable Action Plans supported by the European Social Fund (ESF April 2012-March 2013), including a specific experience in local support for public bodies in the North-East of Italy and in Spain (Catalunya);

gissiElena Gissi

Engineer, holds a PhD in Engineering Architecture for Environmental Sustainability (Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy); currently she holds a position as assistant professor in Applied Ecology at the Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environments of Venice University IUAV. Main research interests are in environmental assessment and landscape ecology through ecosystem services in coastal and marine areas. She teaches “Environmental Analysis and Assessment” at Iuav University. She coordinates the Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Maritime Spatial Planning. She was consultant for Veneto Region in the Programme MED “APICE - Common Mediterranean strategy and local practical Actions for the mitigation of Port, Industries and Cities Emissions.”, (2011-2013). Currenlty she coordinates a research titled “Risks, landscape resilience and strategies for mitigation and adaptation for climate change: ecosystem-based approach for the management and planning of coastal and marine areas”. Experienced in the design of European Projects (SouthEastEU-TERRE, financed, 2012-2014), she was consultant in SouthEastEU-NATREG; MED - APICE, INTERREG IIIB – CADSES - LOTO, INTERREGIIIC East – ECOLAND; she takes part to the “project for the sustainable development of the ‘Humedal Abras de Mantequilla’ wetland, Ecuador” for UNDP and Veneto Region (2011-2014).

mazzarinoMarco Mazzarino

Associate professor of Transport Economics and Logistics at the Faculty of Planning of the University of Venice (IUAV) where he coordinates the Transport Research Laboratory. His main fields of interests concern freight transport and logistics with particular focus on port and maritime issues. He is the Director of the Master in Transport and Logistics at IUAV and vice-coordinator of the PhD Programme in Logistics, Transportation, Energy and Environment. He is the Chairman of SETREF (South-East Transport Research Forum) and member of various international journals (ETRR – European Transport Research Review, European Transport). He actively participates in European and national projects and author of more than 60 papers.

appiotiFederica Appiotti

PhD in Civil and Environmental Protection at the Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy, with a thesis focusing on the effects and impacts of climate change at local scale and on the identification of some strategies, useful to the Local Civil Protection, to prevent and mitigate this effects. Currently she is covering a Post-Doctoral position at the Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environment of Università IUAV in Venice with a project focus on the integration of the concepts of risk, resilience and adaption in the management of marine areas (MSP) through an ecosystem-based approach. Her interest includes resilience, risk perception and awareness, and the importance of strategic communication and participative process in the environmental management.

Contact Details

Official address: Tolentini – Santa Croce 191, 30135 Venezia, Italy
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About Us

ADRIPLAN aims to deliver a commonly-agreed approach to cross-border MSP in the Adriatic-Ionian region, considered as a whole and more specifically through two Focus Areas (Northern Adriatic Sea; Southern Adriatic / Northern Ionian Sea).