Reclaimed Land – Climate Ecologies in Coastal Reclaimed Landscapes

A group of faculties of the Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER) in collaboration with the Italian organization Foundation ENI Enrico Mattei (FEEM) has been awarded funding to coalize expertise to address climate challenges in Italy. The project has been funded by the APS – Annual Program Statement 2023, promoted by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Mission to Italy.

Reclaimed landscapes (paesaggi di bonifica) are fragile ecosystems, now and in the future, increasingly exposed to the effects of climate change. Climate change will impact these landscapes not only from an ecological and economic perspective, but also on the communities that inhabit them. There is an urgent need for reflection on the possible futures of reclamation landscapes to outline approaches and methodologies in which mitigation and adaptation to climate change will lead to scenarios of sustainable development. With this goal in mind, we will look at two emblematic Mediterranean landscapes, Metaponto and Ravenna, which are interpreted as holograms of coastal reclaimed landscapes’ complexity and representative of the economic, ecological and social asymmetries that a changing climate will contribute to exacerbate.

We are planning a series of workshops in Fall 2023 and a Symposium in Matera in June 2024. Our hope is to create a hub where different expertise and local stakeholders can meet to exchange experiences and ideas for reflections on possible future scenarios. Follow is at

Contact Carla Brisotto at  and Alessandro Raffa at if you want to know more.

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