The management of public space is frequently completed without incorporating the major stakeholders. This all translates into the non-appropriation of space on the behalf of neighbors. This simultaneously leads to a minimized use and neglected maintenance of the space.
To reverse this situation a major diffusion of information and communal participation is necessary in making decisions, sharing responsibilities as well as resources, and improving control by users and respective communities for more efficient management.
Il Padule Che Vorremmo ("The Wetland We Want") was a participatory process that occurred over six months between 2009-2010 in the municipality of Ponte Buggianese in Tuscany, Italy. The process used field research, the expertise of technical experts, and conflict mediation techniques to facilitate citizen input through working groups. Through this process the various stakeholders were able to come to an agreement about the restructuring of the local sewage treatment system and its impact on the Fucecchio Wetland.