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2nd Steering Committee Meeting 10/11 May - SPLIT


Planning Climate Change team is right now in Split for the 2nd Steering meeting for the CO-EVOLVE project.                                                                            CO-EVOLVE aims to analyse and promote the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems in touristic coastal areas in the Mediterranean, allowing for the sustainable development of touristic activities, based on the principles of Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Maritime Spatial Planning. CO-EVOLVE recognises that a key challenge for sustainable coastal and maritime tourism development is the strengthening of cooperation among regions and the joint development and transferring of approaches, tools, guidelines and best practices. It brings together an analysis at the Mediterranean scale of threats and enabling factors for sustainable tourism with local studies on seven representative Pilot Areas. The aim is to demonstrate through pilot actions the feasibility and effectiveness of an ICZM/MSP-based planning process. CO-EVOLVE is divided into two phases: (i) studying, which consists in analysing and defining the state of the art at Mediterranean and pilot area scale and (ii) testing, during which instruments, policies, strategies and joint plans already identified will be tested in order to set up solutions applicable to a wider set of users and territories.

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Cultural heritage in a changing climate: floating green islands awarded at Climathon Venice


The Climate-KIC Climathon brought together major cities across six continents to solve city-wide climate challenges. In Venice, 21 participants focused on solving the following challenge: “Cultural heritage in a changing climate: exploring innovative and nature-based solution to cope with heatwaves”. The event was organised by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) – International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG), in collaboration with CFZ, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia.Venice Climathon started at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (S. Giorgio Maggiore Island) on October 27th, 2016 at 11:00 am. In the evening, participants moved to Ca’ Foscari Zattere, CFZ, where the event closed on October 28th at 11:00 am.The winning solution “Float green à porter” is oriented to counteract the heat island effect in Venice using nature based solutions in public spaces. The group has been also awarded with a special mention prize form the public taking part at the pitch presentations phase consisting of 200 euros books voucher.The global event, the second of its kind, was organised by Climate-KIC, the EU’s climate change innovation partnership of universities, businesses and the public sector.

The challenge of Venice Climathon 2016: “Cultural heritage in a changing climate: exploring innovative and nature-based solutions to cope with heatwaves”

Venice is one of the World Heritage sites most at threat from the impacts of current and expected climate change. Rising sea level, exacerbated by local subsidence, and extreme temperatures are among the main hazards to be faced by the city and its inhabitants. Little attention has been drawn so far on how to enhance the city’s coping and adaptive capacity with respect to heatwaves. Venice Climathon addressed the following question: ‘What kind of energy-efficient solutions can be imagined to increase Venice resilience to heatwaves?’, ‘Which form of adaptation increase the generation of new services?’, ‘How combine both mitigation and adaptation options?’

Participants at Venice Climathon adopted a two-fold perspective. On the one side, they focused on energy-efficient solutions for cooling systems in (historical) buildings. Types of approaches falling in this category include, but are not limited to, domotic systems, interior architectural projects, and information campaigns. On the other side, they explored the potential of nature-based solutions, to reduce the urban heat island effect.

The approach was highly trans-disciplinary, combining urban planning, architecture, and business perspectives, among others.

The winning solution: combining adaptation, mitigation and sociability

After 24 non-stop hours of collaboration, excitement and solution-finding during the Climate-KIC Climathon, the best idea was selected by an expert jury consisting of representatives from the innovation, administration and research areas from  Municipality of Venice, We Are Here Venice, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, ETIFOR, Officina*, VeGa, MiBac, Corila and Veneto Region.

The winning solution “Float green à porter” is oriented to counteract the heat island effect in Venice using nature based solutions in public spaces. The guiding pillars consist of a combination between adaptation, mitigation and sociability in a floating and modular island which can be easily replicated. The idea has been proposed by a group composed by Vittore Negretto, Alberto Innocenti (research assistants in architecture and planning for climate change at the IUAV University of Venice) and Denis Grasso (IEFE Junior Research Fellow in mitigation policies and energy efficiency, Bocconi University). As mentioned by the winners: “In the beginning we had to merge our different backgrounds in order to find a common vision of the idea to work with. The real challenge was to imagine a real solution combining both adaptation and mitigation options, improving at the same time the quality of life in the peculiar context of Venice”.

Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy and first organised the Climathon in 2015, in the run up to the Paris climate change summit. Climate-KIC organises the Climathon to help kick-start new climate change solutions, and to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders.

http://www.iccgov.org/en/cultural-heritage-in-a-changing-climate-floating-green-islands-awarded-at-climathon-venice/

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Cultural heritage in a changing climate: exploring innovative and nature-based solution to cope with heatwaves

Patrimonio culturale in un clima che cambia, combattere le ondate di calore attraverso natura e innovazione


Venezia, 27-28 Ottobre 2016

Venezia è uno dei patrimoni dell’umanità più vulnerabili agli impatti attuali e attesi dei cambiamenti climatici. Innalzamento del livello del mare, esacerbato dalla subsidenza locale, e temperature estreme sono tra i maggiori rischi che la città e i suoi abitanti si trovano a dover affrontare. Il problema delle ondate di calore, che sempre più frequentemente e intensamente colpiscono la città, ha ricevuto ad oggi poca attenzione. Con l’obiettivo di individuare soluzioni che possano aumentare la capacità di risposta ed adattamento della città a questo tipo di fenomeni estremi, l’evento risponderà alla seguente sfida:

Che tipo di soluzioni energicamente efficienti posso essere immaginate per aumentare la resilienza di Venezia rispetto alle ondate di calore? Come promuovere forme di adattamento a bassa emissione di carbonio? Come applicare soluzioni ed idee nel rispetto del patrimonio storico ed artistico di Venezia e dei conseguenti vincoli?

Da un lato, guarderemo a soluzioni energicamente efficienti per i sistemi di raffrescamento negli edifici storici. Dall’altro, esploreremo il potenziale delle cosiddette “nature-based solutions” per il contenimento delle isole di calore urbane.

Due colleghi del Planning Climate Change lab hanno partecipato a questa sfida.

 

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