May 19, 2021 - 5:30 pm (CEST)
Online event via Zoom

- The Management of the World Heritage Site "Venice and its Lagoon": from theory into practice
Katia Basili, Coordinator of the Office for the Management of the World Heritage Site "Venice and its Lagoon"- City of Venice
- The World Heritage System: Objectives, Actors and Processes
Matteo Rosati, Programme Specialist, Culture Unit Officer-in-Charge, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe

Moderator:  Giorgio Andrian, Università degli Studi di Padova & VIU, currently teaching in the Globalization Program (Addressing Sustainable Development: The Role of International Sites' Designations within a Green Diplomacy Framework)

The event is open to the public.
Registration is required. 

Venice and its Lagoon" was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987, in recognition of its unique historical, archaeological, urban and artistic heritage and exceptional cultural traditions, integrated into an extraordinary natural landscape. The site is facing several significant challenges in coping with the impacts of climate change, water traffic, conservation of built heritage, depopulation, and over-tourism. VIU has invited experienced professionals in the field of heritage conservation for a discussion about the measures, strategies, and innovations that are needed to guarantee a sustainable future for Venice and its Lagoon.   


Katia BasiliKatia Basili, Senior Cultural Heritage Management expert with a focus on World Heritage sites. Architect (I.U.A.V. Venice,1996), Master in Renaissance Historical Combined Studies (Warburg Institute, London, 1997), PhD in Cognitive Sciences and Training (thesis ‘Building the management system of the WHS Venice and its Lagoon as a Learning Organization’, Ca' Foscari, 2013). Since 2002 she worked for the City of Venice for drafting urban regeneration plans in high historical areas such as the Arsenale. From 2008 she is charge of coordinating the technical activities for the drafting, implementation and monitoring of the Management Plan of ‘Venice and its Lagoon’ UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guest lecturer in national and international conferences, bachelor, and master courses. Member of ICOMOS.




Matteo Rosati

Matteo Rosati is an expert on international cooperation for the protection and promotion of culture.  After experiences with other bilateral and multilateral development agencies, he joined UNESCO in 2005. He is currently assigned as Programme Specialist and Officer-in-Charge of the Culture Unit at the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, where he works at the conceptualization, coordination and implementation of the Bureau’s programme in the field of Culture, with specialgeographical focus on South-East Europe. His expertise spans cultural heritage protection and management, cultural cooperation, intangible cultural heritage, the diversity of cultural expressions, and the role of culture for sustainable development. Matteo Rosati holds a master degree with honours in communication sciences and international relations. He is member of several scientific and advisory boards, and guest lecturer in six master programmes on cultural heritage management. His previous work experiences include assignments with UNDESA, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the World Bank.



VIULectures is a series of talks on topical issues of interest to the VIU Community. They are open to the public, and are currently being held online.
This event is a Global Challenges Initiative - a series of activities through which VIU is committed to critical exploration of what it means to envision a sustainable future.