On Wednesday 13 October Massimo Clemente, Director of CNR IRISS and Scientific Director of RETE, and Barbara Bonciani, Councillor for Port-City Integration of the Municipality of Livorno and member of the Managing Board and Scientific Committee of RETE, will take part in Blue Economy Summit, which will be held from 13 to 16 October at the Genova Blue District.
The initiative, sponsored by RETE and CNR IRISS, aims at raising awareness on the development, employment and vocational training opportunities deriving from the Blue Economy, which will play a strategic role in the recovery phase for Genoa and, more generally, for cities and territories with a maritime vocation, in order to overcome the economic setback recorded in the post-pandemic period.
Through a series of events such as conferences, workshops, informative events and networking initiatives, the fourth edition of the Blue Economy Summit aims to promote the synergy between local processes and scientific, technical and entrepreneurial resources for the creation of skills, research, technology transfer and sustainable innovation in the Blue Economy.
After the opening session, Barbara Bonciani will speak about how important the good relationship and integration between cities and ports is in the dynamics of urban and port development, due to one of the specificities of Italian ports, which is their position within thee urban contexts. This peculiarity has a significant impact both on planning processes, increasing the complexity factors linked to the difficult integration between urban and port spaces, and on the development dynamics connected with the management by ports of social, economic and environmental issues relevant to the city. Hence the need for new models of dialogue to facilitate cooperation between ports and cities that allow to develop the relationship between city and port institutions and stakeholders in a structured way with significant impacts on the territories, such as those developed by RETE with the “Advanced Nodes” model. In particular, the Advanced Node of Livorno has facilitated an integrated city-port governance process on urban, economic and environmental issues, promoting a permanent dialogue between institutions and port and maritime clusters, as well as the implementation of common strategies.
This intervention will be followed in the afternoon by the lecture by Massimo Clemente, who will present a methodology for investigating the Campania regional coastline based on the vision from the sea, which considers the land-sea system in its unity of marine and coastal landscape. The sea-coast-ports and maritime culture system constitutes a “maritime cultural landscape”, understood as a common good. This implies both the need to involve urban and maritime communities in its care and protection, and the attempt to activate them for the construction of a collaborative governance model for the city-port relationship.
Among the macro-themes addressed in the three-day event:
- Development prospects of the Port of Genoa
- Redevelopment and enhancement of the waterfront of the port areas and the coastline
- Environment and sustainability of the maritime ecosystem: ideas, safeguard paths involving the protagonists of the Blue economy
- Development of nautical sports and new models for the sustainable use of the sea resource
- The re-launch of tourism coming from and for the sea
- A sea of opportunities: start-ups and open innovation in the blue economy sector