Pigneto Lake in Rome, Italy


Pigneto lake was created in 1992 by the construction of a huge shopping mall on the ruins of an old textile factory, the SNIA Factory. During the excavation work for the foundation of the giant centre, a branch of groundwater Acqua Bullicante was broke and submerged the entire area, creating a lake of about 10,000 m2.

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Basic Data
NamePigneto Lake in Rome, Italy
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Biodiversity conservation conflicts
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Land acquisition conflicts
Establishment of reserves/national parks
Urban development conflicts
Specific CommoditiesLand
urban park
Tourism services
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe lake is about 10 000 m2
Project Area (in hectares)more than 10,000
Type of PopulationUrban
Potential Affected Populationabout 123,000 people
Start Date01/01/1992
End Date06/08/2014
Relevant government actorsRome Local administration
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersCSOA eXSNIA (http://www.exsnia.it/ )

Lago Exsnia (https://www.facebook.com/lagoexsnia)

The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingLocal ejos
Local government/political parties
Social movements
Recreational users
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of MobilizationCommunity-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Land occupation
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseEnvironmental improvements, rehabilitation/restoration of area
Strengthening of participation
Application of existing regulations
Development of AlternativesEstablishment of a park
Do you consider this as a success?Yes
Why? Explain briefly.The community has gained a new park in a polluted and highly populated area of Rome. This space will be used by families, young people etc. from the surrounding area as a place of recreation and aggregation.
Sources and Materials

“eXSnia: la natura rigenera la città.

Aggiornamento sugli studi dell’ecosistema del lago e prospettive future di rinaturalizzazione e tutela dell’area”
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Prima Giornata di Studio dell’Ecosistema del Lago ex Snia
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CSOA eXSnia, Oggi Roma ha un lago… ora viviamolo!
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LUCA MONACO, Ex Snia, quell'unico lago naturale della Capitale che rischia di scomparire
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Comitato di Quartiere Pigneto-Prenestino - Facebook Profile
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Jamie Mackay, Rome’s rebel lake is a parable of the contemporary commons
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Media Links

"IL LAGO CHE COMBATTE" - Assalti frontali & Il Muro del Canto
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Other Documents

Gate to the lake Source: http://pigneto.romatoday.it/pigneto/lago-ex-snia-parco-entro-agosto.html
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Meta Information
ContributorAnnalisa Cavallini, [email protected]
Last update12/01/2015