Our latest projects and milestones
2018 European project to reduce marine waste
SlowVenice is a partner of the Interreg project “ML-REPAIR — Reducing and Preventing, an integrated Approach to Marine Litter Management in the Adriatic Sea”, which involves collaborative activities between different entities to strengthen joint governance between Italy and Croatia on marine waste management, by addressing local communities, and the fishing and tourism sectors.
Read the dedicated article: Plastic at sea – Italy and Croatia join together to make the Mediterranean more sustainable
Download the curriculum of our activities in the field of European planning
2018 Laguna Networked
We are founding members of the Association of Operators of Sustainable Tourism in Venice lagoon — OTS, of which SlowVenice’s CEO is Chair. Together with OTS we launched “Laguna in Rete”, the first Festival of Sustainable Tourism in order to introduce residents and tourists alike to a gentle and relaxed way to visit the Venice lagoon, which is a fragile, unique environment to be visited following sustainability criteria.
Read the dedicated article: Laguna Networked for sustainable tourism in the Venice lagoon
2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism
SlowVenice is a concept by Limosa, an environmental guide co-operative and Tour Operator. 2017 was an important milestone for us.
In 2017 Limosa marked the 30th anniversary of its foundation
2017 was also the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of Venice and the lagoon as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Read the dedicated article: Limosa turns 30, the story and dreams of a group of young people
Activities carried out during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism:
- “When travelling, do not leave footprints!” Project – Recovery of CO2 emissions through credits obtained by SlowVenice’s low-carbon footprint travel packages. The credits were acquired by a certified organic fishing reserve that is developing carbon dioxide storage through the action of aquatic plants as part of a project carried out following the guidelines set out in the Kyoto Protocol.
- Involved by MIBACT – Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism – in coordinating a roundtable at the event “100 start-up tourism” on 10 April 2017 in Rome and as example of best practice at the Italian Year of Sustainable Tourism Fair organized on 14 June 2017 in Rome (Read the article)
- Included in the portal of the UNWTO World Tourism Organization, dedicated to the International Year of Sustainable Tourism, in the section“ Solutions“
- In 2017 we signed up to the Charter of Sustainable Tourism of the North lagoon of Venice as part of the Life Vimine project.
- Engaged by LifeGate, sustainable lifestyle portal, to organize their stay in Venice during the Art Biennale.
2016 Unesco Culture Tourism Award
Winners of the first Unesco “Cristina Ambrosini” Culture Tourism Award with its travel package: “The Venice lagoon from Sustainable Perspectives”
2015 Skal International Sustainable Tourism Award
The only Italian company qualifying among the top three internationally in the Tour Operator category with its “Venice: another tourism is possible”project.
2014 Editorial project “The Last of the Venetians”
We collaborated with photographer Karl Johaentges on the editorial project “Die letzen Venezianer“ (“The Last of the Venetians“) published by the Publishing House of Monaco Terra Magica. 400 pages with over 500 photos and testimonials, two years of research and interviews with residents of Venice and the islands, to give voice to those who still live and work in the Venice lagoon. In the summer of 2015, an exhibition with extracts of photos and interviews was set up at the Massimiliana Tower of Sant’Erasmo with the collaboration of the Institution Parco della Laguna Nord — Comune di Venezia.
2014 SlowVenice Network founded
We are the founding members and leaders of SlowVenice Network – a network of local tourist enterprises with deep roots in the Venice’s ‘gronda lagunare’ – the marshland where the lagoon meets the mainland stretching from Chioggia to the Cavallino Coast. The network came first in the Call for “Objective Expo” Proposals by the local Chamber of Commerce. It would be the first of many awards linked to the values expressed through ethical and sustainable tourism. SlowVenice Network companies have signed an clearly articulated code of ethics espousing the values of hospitality, environmental sustainability, respect and attention to the needs of resident populations, and the protection and enhancement of local traditions and culture.