Torre Guaceto Living Lab: the living lab in the Natural Reserve

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Host organisation:  Torre Guaceto Park Agency  Via SANT’ANNA 6, 72012 CAROVIGNO (BR), Italy.  Tel. +39.0831.990882; Fax +39.0831. 994916 Contact person:  Grazia Concilio  DiAP Politecnico di Milano. Via Golgi 39, 20133 Milano  Tel. +390223995473  E.mail:

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The Torre Guaceto LL has been started in 2007 in order to develop a MEMORY system to support participatory practice in the Natural Reserve of Torre Guaceto, a wet-land in Puglia, a Eastern region in southern Italy. The TG_LL can be described as a territorial LL and is technologically characterized by the development and use of a Memory Support System (MEMENTO) assisting the process of spatial governance in the Natural Reserve.  


The main goal of the Torre Guaceto Natural Reserve is to move the practices of local resources use towards environmental sustainability consistent with the natural life of the Reserve. This goal is currently translated into one main strategy characterizing the TG_LL for mid-long term: to capture opportunities for activating empirical experiences devoted to test the local sustainability of innovative sustainable practices. Empirical experiences cover a wide range of practices in agriculture, fishing, agricultural products transformation, nature management, organic disposal, and also ICTs development and use. The MEMENTO system is based on the idea that in complex organizations process memory is fundamental to make the decision process a resource for the process itself. The current experience of the TG_LL shows that the ability to monitor and make available the “history” of the planning process is crucial for the effectiveness of the planning process itself, since it supports its evolution through a sort of “story-re-telling” which is crucial to develop future visions and perspectives.  

References and Track Record

The most interesting characteristic of the TG_LL is its ability to capture opportunities for empirical activities in innovative spatial governance practice. In the Torre Guaceto context, spatial governance is not a super-imposed form for decision making and planning; it is rather a macro-organizational and government phenomenon resulting from micro decisions and interactions taking place at different levels of the whole organization. Significant in this sense are the results obtained in biological olive oil production, in the networking with and involvement of international partners (Slow Food, Libera Terra, ...).