Ing. Elena Gissi,PhD, Assistant Professor at the Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environments of Università Iuav di Venezia, Engineer, holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Architecture. Main research interests are in the integration between planning and ecology. Her reasearch considers management and planning from an ecosystem-based perspective. Her interests covers the following topics: I) ecosystem services and territorial planning, methods and tools to integrate ES assessment in decision making; II) ecosystem based approach in coastal and maritime spatial planning.