The official launch of the SUSTCULT project took place on April 14 in Venice in the prestigious framework of the Palazzo Ducale in St. Mark's Square.
The event was open by the Venice Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Mr. Ezio Micelli, who welcomed the audience and gave a brief introduction regarding main project themes and foreseen goals. Following, a speech focused on the territory's main problems and challenges was made by Renata Codello, Head of the Office for the Protection of Architectural, Natural, Historic, Artistic and Ethno-Anthropological Heritages in Venice and Its Lagoon.
To conclude the brief presentations from the hosting partner, the City of Venice, the managers of European and International Policies and Urban Planning presented their respective structures and staff working on the project management and scientific coordination of SUSTCULT.
The presence of almost all project partners and local stakeholders from the whole Veneto Region as well as their precious contributions resulted in a highly successful kick-off meeting.
The Lead Partner was also pleased to welcome representative of the SEE JTS, that gave an overall view of the Programme's objectives and expectations towards the SUSTCULT project: very interesting inputs were provided to project partners for a successful development of the project in the forthcoming months.
Also the UNESCO Venice Office, as observer partner, participated in the meeting by providing very good inputs on the UNESCO procedures for drafting the heritage site's management plan.