Italy’s Veneto region could build an artificial island off its coasts

As the cost of beach nourishment has become increasingly expensive and the results too short-lived, the Veneto region has committed itself to finding a more effective solution from all points of view: both environmental and economic.

The Veneto region, in recent years, has financed research to try to solve the problem of coastal erosion in a more durable and economic way than beach nourishment – the displacement of large amounts of sand to plump the beaches.

In the Netherlands, which have the same problem, a huge artificial peninsula near the coast – called the “sand engine” and used as a sand deposit for the coast – was built in 2011 with excellent results.

Veneto is thinking of following the same example, with an artificial island at least 7 kilometers long. Unionmare, the most important association representing the operators of bathing establishments, involved the region to finance a study conducted by the University of Padua and in particular by the Professor of Maritime Construction Piero Ruol, who has been studying the erosion of the Venetian coasts for years.

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