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Scenarios

SCENARIOS FOR THE VENETO REGION identified by TEKNOSS (Territorial Knowledge Sharing System)
Report on the Mediterranean Corridor Scenario Implications and Planning Recommendations

To uphold the future of connectivity within the European Union, the Commission had to reduce and simplify its transport policies. Thus, the Parliament approved a new Trans-European Transport Network review at the end of 2012, where a core network made of 10 priority axes is supported by a comprehensive network of minor connections. This differentiation also weights on the financial budget with strict allowances for priorities and delayed spares for the rest.
Under a general scenario of uncertainty, large infrastructure projects need to be adequately tuned according to the macro scenarios developing at the European and global levels, while still interacting with the local territory. However, decision makers and planners quite often lack the tools to put in relation the macro and the micro levels. Changes at one of these levels are not swiftly reported onto the other and the interaction process is impaired.
However, paradoxically, the contingency of a crisis situation by reducing available resources is also creating the conditions for a more accountable approach to programming. Thus, it also provides the occasion to develop frameworks of good governance, transparency and public participation to improve the process.
This report will not provide a solution to these issues, but recognition of the reality in the attempt to draw a liaison between the macro and the micro levels, by analysing current scenario changes and their implications. This analysis will be supported by TEKNOSS, the Territorial Knowledge Sharing System developed by the University of Udine in the context of the Work Package 4 of the Poly5 project, in order to provide a tool that could nurture the communication between stakeholders and share knowledge and visions that should link territories and infrastructure projects.
Certainly, it is an arduous task to build relations between expectations and programming with potential risks of inconsistency into policy making. However, a different approach is emerging and it looms to point toward more cautious and incremental modalities of deciding and implementing large infrastructure projects.
This report is structured to provide an overview of scenario changes in corridor development firstly along the Po Valley and then specifically for the Veneto Region. It recognises how contingencies and bottom-up approaches are shaping the planning process of large infrastructure projects, diversifying outcomes in terms of layout, implementation timings and typology. Thus, more adaptive projects better integrated and with least impacts, even on public finances, seem to count most during uncertain times.

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