Po Delta
Biosphere Reserve

Coordinating structure / Administrative authority

The managing body is composed by the Parco Regionale Veneto del Delta del Po and by the Ente di Gestione per i Parchi e la Biodiversità – Delta del Po

Main features and specificities

The Po Delta is a plain developed by the actions of the River Po and of recent human activities.
The Biosphere Reserve comprises 2 Italian Regions, 2 Provinces, 15 Municipalities and 118,000 inhabitants.
It embraces 2 Regional Parks, 34 habitats Natura 2000 such as lagoons, fish farms, fossil dunes and channels.
It includes 900 flora species, more than 360 bird species and it is an international destination and reference point for birdwatching.
The 140,000 ha of the BR are characterised by fish farming areas, specific agricultural activities, wetlands, woodlands, and urban areas.

Cultural and social particularities linked to rivers

Fish farming, mussel farming, rice production and salt works.
Agri-food excellences with 3 PDOs and 3 I.G.P. products.
The Po Delta Biosphere Reserve has a rich historical heritage, which is also recognised in the List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It encompasses extraordinary architectural artefacts and staggering historical events, which have deeply modified the territorial arrangement of the Po Delta.
The territory of the BR is an important destination for natural and seaside tourism.

Main problems and concerns

  • water pollution (eutrophication, toxic substances)
  • biodiversity loss
  • loss of flooding areas
  • invasive species
  • general change of the hydrographic functions

Main know-how, skills and specialties

  • Wetland conservation and lagoon management
  • Biodiversity monitoring
  • Traditional eel fishing and fish and mussel farming
  • Biosphere Reserve branding strategy

Current scientific research topics and actions

  • Long-term lagoon management
  • Biodiversity monitoring
  • Development of policy instruments to foster the use of ecosystem services
  • Sustainable tourism

Related Posts