Urban planning, Genoa protagonist at the regional Workshop of the Mediterranean cities of Barcelona – Press Release – Liguria
“Genoa: the path towards 2030 and 2050 – Climate-proof and sustainability-proof urban regeneration”. This is the title of the speech with which the city planning councilor of the city of Genoa, Simonetta Cenci, participated in the Barcelona Mediterranean Cities Regional Workshop – Rethinking the Istanbul Environment-Friendly City Award which is part of the flagship initiative of the Mediterranean strategy for sustainable development 2016-2025.
At the two days in Barcelona, Genoa is present together with other coastal urban realities of the Mediterranean basin such as Malaga, Nice, Sousse (Tunisia), Mezitli (Turkey), Crikvenica (Croatia), Ashdod (Israel), Irbid (Jordan) and Smyrna.
The Istanbul Environment-Friendly City Award aims to recognize the role of coastal cities in achieving the goal of a sustainable Mediterranean – and its coasts – through the implementation of successful urban development initiatives at the local level. The award is offered by the Mediterranean Action Plan of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP / MAP) and sponsored by the Turkish government.
«Our city – says the city planning councilor Simonetta Cenci who attended the workshop this morning – she is an exceptional candidate for the Award, because she demonstrated an uncommon sustainable project capacity, governed by an integrated strategic vision, attentive to the challenges of the future and aware of the potential human capital with which she shares the prospect of prosperity through large and small urban regeneration projects. Through the presentation of major urban regeneration projects such as the Levante Waterfront, the Hennebique and the Parco del Ponte, the city demonstrates how to innovate the use of the territory, find infrastructures, regenerate the urban fabric, create multifunctional connections, improve governance of the city system and investing in training, innovative training, soft skills are integrated into a single great challenge that becomes training opportunities in a regenerated and sustainable city in 2030 and 2050 ».
What is meant by “environmentally friendly Mediterranean city”? For the organizers of the award, it is defined as a coastal city where people enjoy a high quality of life and where sustainable development manifests itself in the balance between different ecosystems.
The objectives of the Award are to encourage local authorities to move towards a more environmentally friendly future, empower local public authorities to serve as a model to inspire other cities and raise awareness of their environment in general about the quality of the environment in their cities. .
The program for tomorrow, October 27, will also be rich, with the theme “City to city cooperatives, success practices and promising framworks”, a meeting organized by Arlem (Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly), UNE / MAP, MedCities and UfM ( Union for Mediterranean) and which aims at learning through the exchange of experiences, tools, ideas and structures for integrated sustainable development based on successful experiences in “city to city” cooperation from the perspective of institutions and cities, with the aiming to inspire future practices at the regional level.
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